With spring just around the corner, city council has begun to discuss events that will be happening when warm weather finally arrives such as St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Relay for Life and the Mayor’s 5K walk.
Mayor Pavey informed the council that the State of the City address will be uploaded to Youtube. Also discussed were upcoming events in the next few months. In March, there will be the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and celebration. In May, there will be the Mayor’s 5K and the Intat Grand Prix.
The Mayor also discussed separating the pool budget from the Parks Department.
“I would like for the pool to have its own budget and break away from the Parks Department. The pool will be paid off this year,” Pavey stated.
In other business, Chief of Police Craig Tucker brought to the council an update on the new radios and air cards.
“Since we have switched over to the new radios, the guys seem to really like them,” Tucker said. “The air cards are working very well too. We also have done more with our hiring process and have brought on board Alex Shaver who will be our new criminal investigator.”
Shaver will be training with Joe Jarman, who is currently employed with the probation department.
“We accepted a resignation letter from Aaron Gurley who is moving on, and although we will miss him, we wish the best of luck,” Tucker said.
This led into the discussion of posting a notice to fill the dispatcher position.
Fire Chief Chuck Jenkins discussed new cots for the ambulance.
“The cots we have are about seven years old and we could really use some new ones,” Jenkins stated.
In new business, Stacy Berkemeier and Lesley Wright presented the council with information about the Relay for Life June 14 and 15.
“Last year, we reached our goal and raised $40,987.56,” Berkemeier said. “This year, we are hoping to raise $50,000 since we raised so much last year, we want to raise the bar. The money from this goes mostly to research, but is also brought back into the community through different local programs that help cancer patients and survivors. The American Cancer Society is the second largest contributor to research other than the government. We hope to get the community involved and raise money for the cause. We need all the help we can get.”
John McCane, Executive Director of Rush County ECDC, discussed the Pioneer-TIF water extension.
“We need to generate enough funds to extend the water,” McCane said. “There is an extra cost to pressurize the force main line, without that it may not generate enough force to move the sewage. We believe we will need at least a two-mile corridor for growth.”
During the utility report review, the Mayor brought up the water breaks that have occurred recently.
“We need to find a better way to communicate when a break happens,” Pavey said. “This is something we need to be able to warn the community about when it happens.”
Phone alerts were discussed among a few other ideas.
Lastly, the July 4th fireworks were discussed. The Chamber of Commerce would like to partner with the council this year. More discussion will follow at the next meeting, March 4.
Contact: Kate Thurston at 765-932-2222, ext. 105