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City General Committee meets, approves easement – Pool operation plans made

Posted on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 2:05 pm

Plans for the 2014 pool season were made Monday night, as the city General Committee gathered for their regular meeting.

Alderman Ed Lawson called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. and asked for roll call. All members but Kenda Flynn were present.

Moving on with the agenda, the committee heard several reports. No discussion followed the reports of the Parks and Recreation Department or BGFD.

Following the Alliance Water Resources report, presented by Bo Stinnett, he added that the storm water project at Hansen and Main streets is still on track. The contractor is awaiting a break in the weather to begin.

City Building Official/Code Enforcement Mel Orf added after his report that local vacant structures are now being monitored. Owners are being checked on for their plans for the property, be it repair or deconstruction.

Alderman Mark Bair asked BGPD Chief Don Nacke, following his report, if any new hires had been made. Nacke responded that one hire has been completed, and the department is still looking for one position. When Bair asked about background checks of applicants, Nacke answered Captain Dave Oney completes those.

After City Administrator Dan Lang’s report, Kim Luebrecht questioned if the Pike Shop is getting bigger curbside containers for their recycling program. Lang noted it’s a possibility, given the availability of grants. Kay Reading asked if recycling glass would ever be a possibility, to which Lang said the glass market isn’t very good right now, although it may be subject to change.

In new business, the committee heard presentations from Steve Hobbs, Alan Winders, and Brian Haeffner of the Highway 54 Coalition, and Tim Garrity and Tony Sneed with Alliance.

Moving on, the board approved a parking and ingress/egress easement for the Bowling Green School District.

The committee had a brief discussion of the pool operation plans, in which Lang noted a bid from Midwest Pool says it would cost the city $25,000 per year to operate the city pool; with the YMCA it costs $20,000. Lang also noted some concerns from the city had been amended by the Y.

A discussion on firefighters led to a unanimous vote to take a motion to the full board saying full-time city employees may serve on volunteer fire departments.

Just before the 6:23 p.m. adjournment, the committee approved the quarterly requirement of allocating up to 85 percent of Walmart sales tax to the project fund account and the 2013 real estate and personal property accounts receivable statement.