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Mt. Pulaski Times "It's old news, but there's nothing else wrong with it." Mark Twain SMALLTOWN pAP ,/C 217 W COTA 12/31/1-c / SHELTON WA 9854- Water Tower Project Updated By Mike Lakin At a special water tower meet- ing April 23, the City Council approved the lowest bid on the project. TMI Coatings of St. Paul, MN bid of $341,000 was approved on recommendation of City Consulting Engineer, Greg Gustafson. Greg reported five bids had been submitted on the water tower project. At the May 12 regular meet- ing, Greg reported TMI had filed its bonds, insurance certifi- cate, and the work schedule is being finalized. The City signed the notice to proceed. Project timeline is being narrowed with a start date near August 1 and completion date near Novem- ber 1; with Fall Festival being factored in as a downtime on the project. A sample of the coating materials was presented to the Council. The "high gloss blue" paint to be used is an automo- bile finish rated paint with a life expectancy of 15 - 20 years. The paint provides a high clean-off rating for mildew. Alderman Matt Bobell asked Greg Gustafson about the engi- neering firms recent billing for $4,800. Greg said the bill sub- mitted does provide a break- down and reflects each of the City projects being worked on. The bill was filed in City Hall, but the monthly bills the Coun- cil votes only shows totals, not each bill. Matt thanked Greg for the information and he would take a look at the billing. The Council approved the borrowing of $420,000 from INB for the total cost of the water tower project. In Other Business - Jim Boy Coogan attended the meeting, taking the City to task on drainage ditch dean- outs and the impact of rainwa- ter on his property on South Vine. He also questioned the amount of work being done by a City employee during the day - week. Jim Boy asked for a copy of the employee's work hours since January. Mayor Jim Fuhrer said he would ask the City Attorney if the information could be released and he would tell Jim Boy what the attorney's answer was. Chief Lynn Freer said the department is now contacting property owners concerning the dty's ordinance on weed-grass height. Contact is made when the height of weeds-grass are 12" or more. Chief Freer added that so far property owners have been cooperative when con- tacted. The police department is also working on contacting vehicle owners in reference to the City's inoperable vehicle ordinance. For residents, all City Ordinances are on-line on the City website: cityofmtpu- laski.com. City employees have been dealing with pump problems at the lift-station at McDonald & Vine Streets. Foreign materi- als are entering the lift-station and causing the pumps to work above capacity. Concern is the pumps could "bum-up." In a related request, Alder- man Andrew Neaville asked for a list of the major repairs - work that is needed in the City. City Treasurer Jim Sutton reported income to the City for 4-15 through 5-12 totaled $65,958.06. Mayor Jim Fuhrer said the Agenda item for part-time employee for summer was induded only as a possibility. Anyone interested in having an application-resume on file with the City is welcome to drop off one at City Hall. There is not currently an opening available. The Council met in Atlanta in April. The meeting was a joint meeting wi the Atlanta City Council about the County Eco- nomic Development. Currently the City pays $1,500 to be part of this; there is a proposal to raise the fee for the City to $2,800 - $2 per person based on the U.S. Census figure. During discussion, Alderman Darrell Knauer commented that he did not think economic devel- opment had a good track record for Mt. Pulaski. Alderman Matt Bobell said that the informa- tion concerning Mt. Pulaski showed economic development had two projects being worked on for Mt. Pulaski - one was the work being done in support of Rel_ght and the Mt. Pulaski Courthouse Foundation. The City "junk drop-off' days will be June 19,20, & 21 at the Mt. Pulaski Township lot on Spring Street. Further informa- tion will be the June 2 newspa- per. Alderman John Utterback reported a garden tractor swap meet would be held on the north end of the Mt. Pulaski Grade School block July 10 & 11. Information for the event will be in the paper nearer the event date. Aldermen John Utterback and Joyce Maxheimer will be the Financial Committee to gather information on City pay raises and clothing allowances to be discussed by the Council. The Coundl will be discuss- ing City cellphones. It is being called a general cellphone review. Next Council meeting is 6:30pm Tuesday May 26 in City Hall Published Twice A Month - 24 Issues A Year Mt Pulaski BSA Troop 122 Flag Retirement Local Scouts will hold a flag retirement ceremony Memorial Day (May 25) weekend. Scouts are collecting flags in the community, in need of retir- ing. Flags can be left at Johnson True Value Hardware store or at Scout Master Greg Maus's home, 103 S. Spring St., Mt. Pulaski; a flag box is located on the front porch. Memorial Day Monday May 25 Mt. Pulaski Cemetery All Veterans Memorial 10 AM Invocation FatherJeffLaible Mayor's Welcome Jim Fuhrer Raising of the Colors National Anthem David Helm and Mt. Pulaski High School Band Presentation of wreaths and flowers Children's gift certificates for Dairy Bar Student Essays Keynote Speaker MSgt Chuck McCue, USAF Retired Patriotic Music Benediction FatherJeffLaible Salute to Fallen Comrades 11:30 AM Services at Steenbergen Cemetery Chapel s150 May 16, 2015