L.S. departments give reports
Wed, 05/09/2018 - 1:01pm admin
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Lime Springs - Most of the Lime Springs City Council dealt with reports from the various departments.
Fire Department: Nate Schwickerath stated the station was given a spring cleaning; the group is looking toward the Father’s Day breakfast; and members are having a gun raffle for Sweet Corn Days.
“We also got a grant for a new generator from MiEnergy.”
The department has been working with controlled burns of CRP land. They have helped with 160 acres so far and still have 100 to burn . . . depending on the weather and growth.
Library: Mary Stevenson reported the library had 587 town visitors in March and 314 country residents. In addition, 51 youth participated in the Easter coloring contest.
Coming up is the Art Fair. Items are currently on display until the open house on May 12.
Stevenson acknowledged the hard work Jim Thomas does on the Memorial Day program every year. She added the Library is having a luncheon after the program.
Community Center: Ed Hampe said the board is still sponsoring Bingo each week. In addition, the community center received $2,500 for heating and cooling. Added with the other grants the center applied for, a total of $12,500 has been received.
Park and Pool: Jill Tibbals spoke on behalf of the two departments. The group is sponsoring the Mother’s Day Salad Luncheon on May 12, instead of Community Club. A Petit Duo is the entertainment.
The Pool received a grant to paint the bottom of the pool. The Ball Park received $1,000 for lighting, and Brown Park received $1,000 for picnic tables.
Guards for the coming season are Shannon Pisney as manager and Patty Ruggeberg as assistant. Regular guards are Samantha Weigert, Katie Huhe and Cameron Ollendick. First-year guards include Anna Mae Leverson, Mattie Slavin, Kaylee Gosnell and Shelby Pisney.
D.J. Miller is the coach for softball this year.
A clean-up day is scheduled for May 19 at 10 a.m. at Brown Park.
Public Works: Dan Gibbs of Geothermal Eco Options gave a timeline on drilling holes for the new geothermal loop project. It will take about three weeks to drill. “The original plans had 12 holes at a depth of 325 feet, but it is hard to drill in Lime Springs, so it is now 20 loops at a depth of 195 feet. That is about $2,400 more than originally quoted,” he explained.
• There is a large pile of concrete at the tree dump. Council plans to have it crushed and re-used as fill for Howard Street, the overgrown dirt road just south of the Dave Meyer home between Center St. and North Miller St.
Council is trying to be proactive and have the road ready for travel whenever the farm-to-market bridge on East Merrill Street, in front of the Cheryl Davis home, is updated.
• There are still some questions regarding the un-joining of Spring Ahead Learning Center and the old elementary school. It is hoped cement blocks will work, but the City insurance needs to be consulted.
• Susan Peachey, who lives on Center Street, asked to have the City take care of a sewer repair bill she received. Last year, the City did some work on her property and less than a month later, she had a plugged drain. It was roto-rootered and worked fine until this spring.
Public Works Director Casey Sebastian said it may or may not have had anything to do with the work the City did. Milferd Loewen agreed it was hard to tell, but stressed the problems came shortly after the City’s work.
The City will look into its insurance, as well as the contractor’s insurance.
• A portion of the road on Willard and Grant streets will be dug up to replace a valve. By doing it soon, it will have time to settle and allow the road to be repaired before the 150th celebration.