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6 By Mike Lakin Survey Shows 117 Stop Signs Force Main Work Study Vine/Scott Street Roadway Project Chief Lynn Freer surveyed every intersection in Mt. Initial study of the city force main replacement from the Pulaski to bring the city codebook up to date concerning pump station in the area of the city shed (South Street) to Set for This Fall location of stop signs and yield signs. The city has 117 - the new Elkhart Road pump station is underway. Costs Consulting engineer Greg Gustafson presented this fall's stop signs and 8 - yield signs. All in 1.14 +- square miles, are being gathered and possible routes are being studied. Vine/Scott Streets roadway project. Vine Street - from There are 41-unmarked intersections. When asked if more Firmer plans will be presented as several proposals are on Chestnut to Cooke - will be milled on both side of the street to repair the 4-foot wide strips. This work will bring the 4-foot strips even with the main roadway. Scott Street work will be in the immediate area of Scott and Cooke and involve milling the surface and an oil/chip overlay. Maxi- mum cost from the city's Motor Fuel Tax Fund (MFT) is $108,000. The Council approved the work. Water Tower Project Set for 2015 Council voted to move forward on a water tower project with the city's current consulting engineer - Greg Gus- tafson. Divided into two phases, the first step of the project is to determine specifications and obtain bids for the Spring 2015 work. This phase will cost the city up to $22,000 in consulting fees. Actual project costs is estimated at an ad- ditional $275,800 if the city commits to all work that is needed on the tower. The water tower work will include an increase in city water rates as early as January 2015. Inoperable Vehicles Notices Chief Lynn Freer served 8 - 10 inoperable vehicles no- tices; in addition, he served 2 - inoperable travel trailer notices. He has several more to serve. stop signs - yield signs are needed, Chief Freer said no. The survey also shows some street names need to be changed and some streets no longer exist. All information will be updated in the codebook and the city street map. Repairs A railing on the west-side of the and steps are being patched. square is being repaired Treasurer Report Treasurer Jim Sutton reported income to the city for July 23 through August 12 of $55,512.46. Total includes The May share of state income tax of $8,816.05 and the city Change In Codebook sales tax of $11,645.86. City Attorney Tom Van Hook presented the codebook change that eliminates stating water rates in the city co- Resolution Supports debook. This allows the Council to make 9hanges to wa- Pool Replacement ter - sewer fees from time to time without the expense of changing the codebook when rate changes are made. Cur- The Council read and passed a resolution of support for rent water-sewer fees will be available at all times to the the park district pool replacement project. The Council public. The Council approved the change. stated this does not commit the city to any financial sup- port - contribution. FLORALS By Kathy... ...available at Salt Creek Attic Approved The Council approved the city appropriations. the table that may or may not be followed - depending on costs. One proposal keeps the force main along the Canadian 3' National Railway - but further off the railroad right-of- way. If this route is followed there will be a one,time right- of-way permit paid to the railroad of $26;250. There is also a $4,800 permit fee to be paid the railroad each time the City force maingoes under the railroad tracks. An area of O trees would be removed along this route: Another proposal would take the force main into a city street and out to the Elkhart Road pump station. This would be a longer route by 330-feet and add costs of street work. Do You Know Who You Can Trust? It's a hard choice in today's financial Marketplace, With so many banks and other financial companies trying to get your business, it's hard to know who really has your best interest at heart. What's the solution? Placing your trust in A Real Community Bank@ solves that problem. Because only banks qualified to display this banking seal of approval are dedicated to hometown values and hometown commitment. As A Real Community Bank@, we're committed to the community where we live and work. Committed to making all our decisions locally and remaining focused on the needs of our customers and community. Come visit and tell us how we can serve you. 130 S. Washington St. Mt Pulaski THE @ FARMERS B A N K o,- L