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Police Chief Lynn Freer contacted property owners in This would be possible by increasing salaries of employees as . Mount Pulaski concerning code violations, the city removes the financial obligation of paying for health A property owner was served with a notice outlining city insurance. The Council voted to maintain the current United Health- code violations. Chief Freer reported there have been per- care policy- Aid. John Utterback abstained from voting. sonal conversations with the property owner about what was expected. In reference to the appearance of the yard, the Greg Gustafson updated the Council on the water tower homeowner pointed out that several plantings are of oma- project; the starting date is n0wJuly 13. He said work on the mental plant varieties, not weeds. One problem involved the water tower would be suspended during the Fall Festival in encroachment of plantings into a neighbors yard and those September. During that time some equipment will locate in a plantings will be cut back to be in line with the property line. staging area, but some equipment will remain on the square Chief Freer told the Council he works towards compliance to maintain water pressure for the community. and cooperation, but at this point there will be fines assessed In reference to the force main line from Spring Street to unless there is substantial compliance on the part of the prop- Elkhart Road, Greg did not see a problem with rescheduling erty owner, the project to fall. The tree removal will require notifying the o Concerning the alley adjoining the property being Canadian National Railway because some of the work will encroached on by brush and trees, Chief Freer said the city be close to the right-of-way of the railroad. The railroad does does not own the property but has an easement or right-of- require notification five days before work commences. waY. Mayor Jim Fuhrer directed city workers to cut down a A fireworks tent went up at the edge of town since city does tree on the boulevard at the property location to reduce a not have an ordinance requiring a license to sell fireworks. It sight-line danger for motorists eidting the alley, was discussed establishing some type of future registration Responding to concerns about bags being accumulated at requirement to sell fireworks within the city limits so that 415 S. Lafayette, Chief Lynn Freer reported some of the bags background checks can be made to make sure people selling contain excrement. The property owner involved has been fireworks are people that you want to have selling fireworks. notified that this needs to be immediately attended to. Aid. Neaville brought up the question of whether four city A Vine Street property has been deemed structurally unsafe employees were needed to do the recently completed junk after an inspection and the property owner was notified that drive. He said when he asked why four people were needed; he garbage needed to be removed from the'property,was told it was because it was always done that way. Andrew The residence at 417 N. Lafayette has a structural condition said he was disappointed in that answer. He said - because it that is unsound. The property owner has been notified, was always done that way - is not a good enough reason. An inspection has been made of a rental property on South Neaville said a different approach is needed and that the Vine. The proPerty cannot be rented until there is a full com- Council needs higher standards in its decision making pro- pliance with the city code. Chief Lynn Freer noted several cess. repairs have been made to the property, but more are needed. There was a bit of back-and-forth between Aid. Neaville and Chief Lynn Freer said that he recently made a DUI stop and Mayor Fuhrer over this and an Agenda matter. Aid. Neaville has seized a 2002 Lincoln town car. asked that an item be placed on the Council Agenda for the Chief Freer asked the Council, to look into hiring a full-time June 23 meeting, but Mayor Fuhrer didn't have the item on police officer to replace Kyle Veech who has take a position the Agenda when the Agenda was posted. It wasn't clear what with the LincolnPolice Department. Chief Freer said he has was going 6n, but the placing of items on the Agenda looks to been attempting to go forward without an additional full-time be some type of sticking point. officer and has been working an average of 60 hours per week. He added that often he has up to three police matters ~aking place at any given time and it's difficult to answer a new call for assistance with so much taking place. Matt Presswood and Dianna Young have been delivering annual water quality reports to city residents. Matt added city employees have been working on several projects. City Treas. Jim 'Sutton reported that income to the city between June 10 and 23 totaled $36,639.73. The new forced main line from near the city shed on Spring, to Elkhart Road requires the removal of some trees. Due to the com being up, this work has been rescheduled to this fall. The change proposed in the city health insurance package was discussed. Currently the city insures employees through United Healthcare; United Healthcare will be increasing its premium by 21.8%. Mayor Fuhrer supported changing the city employee insurance to Blue Cross Blue Shield to keep the premium down that the city pays on a monthly basis. Alderman Andrew NeaviUe had talked to the employees about the two insurance plans. The employees favored the existing United Healthcare plan. Andrew said that in discus- sions with employees most said they could not afford to make the change to Blue Cross Blue Shield with the amount of out- of-pocket payments involved. In a poll of council members that were in attendance, Darrell Knauer agreed with moving the city's insurance to Blue Cross Blue Shield, Matt Bobell said that he wanted to renew the current policy, ~and John Utterback stated that he would abstain from making a com- ment. In discussing the present health insurance for the city employees Neaville said that in the immediate future the city During public comments, Jim Boy Coogan and Roger Bohn made comments. Jim Boy commented that when Bill Glaze was mayor, he had volunteered his time and equipment to "smash and load junk in the dumpsters" during junk drives. He added that he did this on his own and did not need a crew to do it. Roger commented to Mayor Fuhrer that he has heard sev- eral people, in the last two months, make statements that, "Your administration has no leadership or supervision in town." Mayor Fuhrer replied, "We are working on that." The car that was damaged when the metal cover on the shut- offvalve on Washington Street came off; and the owner asked the city to pay the $500 insurance deductible was brought up. Mayor Fuhrer said he would tell the owner of the car that no alderman had added that specific item to the agenda for dis- cussion. The Mayor asked the Council if this was going to go on the agenda for the July meeting. It was decided not to put it on the Agenda and it would not be discussed or acted on. The July Agenda indudes ordinance changes addressing the absence of a Public Works Director and Police Chief. The proposed changes to be voted on would give the City Council Committee of Water Works & Sewerage System authority to perform the administrative duties of a Public Works Director when the position is vacant or the director unable to perform the duties of Public Works Director. And would give the City Council Police Committee authority to perform the administrative duties of a Police Chief when the position is vacant or the chief is unable to perform the duties of Police Chief. Next Council meeting is 6:30pro Tuesday July 14-in City Hall. 6