Police will assist with bicycling event May 17
Stuart Erlenbush said that even though he was not asked for
assistance, he will be posting an officer at the Jefferson Street
intersection with Lincoln Parkway between 1 and 3 p.m. on May 17 to
assure the safety of Spring Family Bike Ride participants in
crossing the four-lane highway to enter Kickapoo Creek Park.
National Police Week
Sunday kicked off National Police Week across the country, and
Friday will be the official National Peace Officers Day.
Erlenbush asked that these officers be acknowledged for their
commitment. "If you see one of the brothers in blue or brown,
whatever color they may be wearing, please give them a thank-you,"
Grant application for exhaust system at firehouse
Fire Chief Kent Hulett said that next week he will be filing a
grant application that would assist in funding the new exhaust
system for the firehouse. He said that he felt the city would
qualify as a high priority for the $38,000 grant and added that this
will be a 95/5 funding opportunity. The city will have to match 5
percent of the funds, with the grant covering 95 percent.
Roofing project to begin soon
City engineer Mark Mathon said that the contractors for the City
Hall roof project, Top Quality Roofing, will begin moving in
material and equipment on Monday.
He added that he doesn't have an exact date for when the work
will begin, but it should be soon. When the actual work begins,
there will be restrictions placed on parking around City Hall, for
Good news on mold testing
The mold testing in City Hall has come back with a good report on
the conditions. The report says there is some naturally occurring
mold in the building, Mathon said, but nothing that will require
Alderwoman Joni Tibbs said this was very good news, as mold
remediation for the building would have been very costly.
Attic tour May 26
Tibbs is calling a meeting of the building and grounds committee
on May 26 at 6:30 p.m., at which time Hulett will lead the group on
a tour of the City Hall attic.
She said she wanted everyone to have a heads-up on what is in the
attic, and she wants to tackle some cleanup projects up there.
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City forgoes bid process on Singleton project
Alderman Orville "Buzz" Busby told the council that because it is
an emergency situation, he wants to approve hiring the engineering
and design work for the Singleton lift station project without going
out for bids.
Busby said that it is an emergency because the temporary repairs
done to Singleton have resulted in hoses lying on top of the ground
and the need for a temporary fence to keep the public away from the
He reminded the council that this project will take the Kmart
lift station equipment out of its location to Singleton, and
includes the new construction at Malerich Drive for Castle Manor and
the new hospital complex.
The motion to forgo the bidding process will apply only to the
engineering and design of the system.
The final construction will go out for bids.
Alderwoman Marty Neitzel said she wanted a dollar amount for the
motion, and Busby said he'd write the motion as not to exceed
Collective bargaining agreement signed
City attorney Bill Bates said that the collective bargaining
agreement for the city police officers was signed on Tuesday by
Mayor Keith Snyder.
Bates reminded the council that the agreement is by "arbitrator
agreement" and requires no action from the council.
WTI software upgrades
WTI, the software consultants for the city, met with Denise
Martinek, city clerk, this past week and reviewed the upgrades they
felt were needed for the city's accounting software.
Alderwoman Melody Anderson said that WTI had been here earlier in
the year and evaluated the needs of the city and offered
recommendations for change. Those upgrades will be installed in the
Executive session called by Anderson
The Tuesday night workshop meeting ended with Anderson requesting
an executive session for the purpose of discussing employee hiring
[By NILA SMITH]