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"It's oM news, but there's nothing else wrong with it." Mark Twain SMALLTOWN PAPERS INC , 217 W COTA 12/al/ 6-c SHELTON WA 98584-2263 /' By Mike Lakin The City Council heard from Consulting Engineer Greg Gustafson on the progress of the water tower renovation. Greg said a four-man crew has worked on the exterior of the tower and are ready to move inside the tower. In a unique turn of events, it was found the water to the Courthouse was somehow tied into the water at the tower. Result was the flowers at the gazebo could not be watered. A fix was made and the Court- house is now getting water from the fire hydrant on the comer. The water is not for drinking, but the flowers are getting watered. More than likely the water at the Courthouse can be considered "Lincoln Era" appropri- ate. Sandblasting the interior of the water tower will up the noise level in vicinity of the square. The abrasive material from the sandblasting can be used bythe city instead of disposing of it. This is important for another issue brought to the Council. Due to some time delays the Council granted the water tower contractor a 9-day extension of the con- tract, if needed. Completion of the work on the water tower falls between October 21 and November-1 this" fall - these are tentative dates and the 9-day extension can be factored in. Alderman Matt Bobell said he had a question about the $59,900 engineering fee and if that fee was part of the loan the city is working off of. It is. Gustafson said his firm bills on a "time and material" basis as the proj- ect progresses. Related to the tower project, Matt Presswood said city wells are now working better than they were a few days ago. He added the watercolor coming out of your faucet would be an issue until the tower work is done. But it is "drinkable." Matt added the water line breaks city workers have been dealing with since the water tower work began, while simultaneous, he's been told it is a coincidence. Gustafson noted the city water being kept in a "safe zone." Roger Bates was the only "public statement" at the meeting. Roger had two points; first, with the disband- ing of the local VFW Post, he asked Mayor Jim Fuhrer if the city wanted the 50-folding chairs and storage racks. They had to go. The Mayor said the city could store them in the City Hall basement, but did not want the city involved in loaning out chairs. He said if an orga- nization can use them, the city would give them to an organization. Second was an issue concerning the "oil" bleeding" in the street in front of his house; it causes a problem for people getting the oil stuck on shoes. Matt Press- wood said the city would spot sand locations as needed. Recall the sandblasting material? Greg Gustafson said the sandblasting residue is ideal for sanding these "oil bleed" spots; an excellent recycling idea. During the reading of the biils, Alderman John Utter- back asked about a $7,000 payment to Fout Construc- tion. Matt Presswood said this was a rental payment to Fout for use of his construction equipment used to repair the water line breaks. City Hall Secretary Laura Lee is the city FOIA (Free- dom of Information Act) officer. She presented a form she created for FOIA requests. The Council gave the form their OK. Laura also reported the IMRF (Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund) audit was done this year completely on-line. Completed, she was now waiting for a response from IMRF. Police Chief Lynn Freer told the Council the city's new full-time police officer starts Tuesday, August 18. Doug McCartney replaces Kyle Veech who is now with the City of Lincoln Police Department. Chief Freer told the Council it was time to take a look at the current City Code that completely bans the keep- ing of chickens in the city; something that has come as a surprise to residents that are keeping chickens. Freer said the ordinance needs changed So people can keep ch!ckens, but a new ordinance needs to specify the number of chickens than can be kept and continue a ban on keeping roosters. He added that they must be con- fined on the property and not truly "free-range., Freer added he has received "zero" complaints from anyone concerning a neighboring chicken ranch. Alderman John Utterback said he had just found a chicken running loose in his neighborhood and jokingly asked if a flee running chicken is "fair game" for anyone finding one - as in chicken dinner. Cont'd on Page 6 er See- City Council Published Twice A Month - 24 Issues A Year August 15, 2015 Sl