L.S. Council discusses issues

—SCD preparations, equipment, WWTP update
LIME SPRINGS - City entity heads gave some updates regarding how Sweet Corn Days preparations were progressing.
• Ed Hampe said the Community Center installed an AED at the facility. It was learned right away new batteries were needed as the ones in the machine lasted just 15 minutes when the power went out during a Bingo game.
• Jill Tibbals reported the Pool & Parks Board was having a chicken dinner on Friday of Sweet Corn Days. Corey Gates fixed the scoreboard controller in time for the celebration. The Junior Club donated $240 toward mulch for Brown Park. Jeff Harden worked on the shelter at Brown Park.
A late night swim will take place on Aug. 17, with the pool closing for the season on Aug. 24. That leaves the following day as clean-up.
• Richard Cottrell of the Bingo Club stated state law requires Bingo players to be 21 years old. He added the Monday night group still gets around 30 players.
• Public Works Director Casey Sebastian reported Brian Malm, city engineer, would attend the next meeting as he did not get enough information about the Waste Water Treatment Plant and Lime Springs’ status as a disadvantaged community.
Malm will also address a drainage issue on West Franklin Street at the September meeting.
Sebastian will continue looking at the cost of getting a grapple for the tractor. The City has been borrowing one, and it has been a great asset to the department.
City Clerk Rhonda Klapperich will look into what other towns assess to property owners when streets are repaired. Currently North Miller Street and West Jackson Street are in need of repair or replacement.
Council discussed adding a yard waste fee to the utility bills that would cover the cost of removing trees from boulevards and other City property. No decision was made.
• The nuisance property at 118 East Jackson Street has been on the agenda for around two years. Council had given the owner until Aug. 1, 2019 to show progress, which did not satisfy council. 
Mayor Kevin Bill stated, “It’s not like we haven’t been considerate. It’s been two years.”
On a vote of 4-1 (Jimmy Miller, Brian Johnson, Amy Norton and Brad Johnson - aye and Kris Kraft - nay) the city attorney will move forward with condemning the house.
• Building permits were approved for Jason Hammon - patio; Dan Gibbs - shed, parking, landscaping; Brian Jessen - expand porch; and Brian Williams - driveway, sidewalk. A shed for Jim Colsch has not yet been approved.
• Council will proceed as planned with having a dog removed from 111 East Merrill Street. All voted aye, with Brad Johnson abstaining.
• It was decided by council that although a golf cart had been paid for the year, it was sold, and the new owner had to get a new permit for it.
• Council voted to approve the employee handbook minus the Code of Conduct or Code of Ethics.
• The Spring Ahead Learning Center contract for FY 2020 was signed.
The next regular meeting will be Tuesday, Sept. 3.

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