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"It's old news, but there's nothing else wrong with it." Mark Twain SMALLTOWN PAPERS INC 217 W COTA 12/31/1s-c SHELTON WA 98584-2263 By Mike Lakin The Mount Pulaski school board issued a statement at the August board meeting. The board emphasized its unanimous support of edu- cators and administrators in the district. It also ~tated that the board would stand by the decisions of this and all prior school boards. The board again emphasized that the educators and administrators of the school district have the unanimous support of the school board. Barb Maske addressed the board on behalf of the Mount Pulaski Education Association. The Association has addressed every board meeting since May. These addresses have all been aimed at the Association's concern that the board did not sup- port educators and adminis- trators of the school district when the board reversed a student discipline decision. The address to the board emphasized that the Edu- cation Association and the school board had always had a positive working relation- ship; even though they did not always agree. The Associ- ation then said they had nar- rowed their requests and that the Association would con- tinue to work With the school board on these request: Board member John Stewart stated that one of the requests (number five) referred to a particular stu- dent. He asked what student number the Education Asso- ciation was asking about. Maske replied that it was in reference to a March disci- pline for student 2015 - 2. In other business - " Superintendent Todd Hamm said there has been a positive increase in the school dis- trict's share of the 1% sales tax due to the increase in stu- dent numbers for the district. The low bid for the black topping of the high school parking lot was awarded to Ace of Decatur. The cost of the black topping will be paid out of the district's general fund. Board member John Stewart asked if this payment was also coming from the parking permit fees that stu- dents pay the school district. Superintendent Hamm said permit fees do not go into a particular fund, but go into the general fund from which the cost of the black topping will be paid. Rainbow Guttering is replacing a building gutter that was damaged by a truck. Board member John Stew- art asked if the cost of the district employee's labor to remove the damaged gutter was included in the reim- bursement being paid to the district. It was stated that the employee had volunteered to do this and no, the cost of that was not being included in the reimbursement. It had been predetermined that there would be heat dismissals between August 26 and September 4 for stu- dents. Students would be released from school at 2PM each day. Cont'd on Back Page ~" By Mike Lakin Mt Pulaski Zion Lutheran Church has a new Pastor, Jona- than Buescher. Pastor Buescher hails from Waterloo, Iowa. He and his wife Sarah met while col- ,lege students in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Jonathan and Sarah were married July 7, 2007 just before Jonathan commenced seminary studies at Concordia Seminary. Yes, it was a 7-7-7 marriage, but Jonathan commented that happened to be the date the church was available. Jonathan graduated semi- nary and was ordained in 2011. That makes him four- years into his career. His first assignment as pastor took the family to Grand Forks, North Dakota. Answering the call to Mt. Pulaski the Bueschers arrived in town during the 4~ of July activities and - they went to garage sales. Cont'd on Back Page q" By Mike Lakin Published Twice A Month - 24 Issues A Year Mount Pulaski City Coun- cil heard a presentation by Jeremy Bliss of Bliss Leak Detection. Mr. Bliss and his father, Tim, own the busi- ness. Tim Bliss has 30 years of experience in municipal water operations. The busi- ness was started in 2013. Leak Detection is exactly what the name states. They look for water leaks that cost municipalities in "lost water." The basiness detects unseen leaks, most com- monly from subsurface leak- ing of municipal water. The company does a monthly analysis based on usage and production rates. The company determines the trend of water usage during the analysis; looking for loss water percentages. If a loss is ongoing, the company has equipment to determine the location of the problem. To show the city what is involved, the company will do an initial free survey of the water system and give a report on what they find. Recently, the company did a water usage analysis for a community of approxi- mately the same size as Mount Pulaski. The finding in this particular community showed a water loss rate of 52% to 53% through nothing more than the water leaks. So far the company has been able to reduce the loss of water in that community to 23%. The presentation inter- ested the Council and they agreed to participate in the free initial survey. The com- pany will report back to the Council on their findings September 8. September 5, 2015 Steve Collier attended the meeting concerning the building that he constructed on his property in town. He said the city had issued him a permit allowing a 25-foot setback for the building. Col- lier said that he had received his notice assessing a fine for the location of the building. He said an inspection of the building site had been made at least three times and he had not been contacted by the city that there was a problem with the location of the build- ing. Aid. Andrew Neville and Aid. John Utterback will meet with Mr. Collier and the city building inspector to deter- mine what is to be done. The offer of the sand from the sandblasting of the water tower was discussed. Public Works Director Matt Press- wood said the sand has to be analyzed to determine if it is safe to be used by the city. Currently, the city is using chip rock on the streets to absorb the oil that has been a problem at some locations. Presswood wanted to be sure that people understood that this was not the sand from the sandblasting of the water tower. The finance committee said that the increased water rates are being used to pay the out- standing debt involving the water department. The com- mittee recommended that the city look at increasing current sewer rates due to the fact that the "sewer fund" is cur- rently in the "red" to a total of $80,000. Cont'd on Page 5 g" Sl