* A representative from the trash collection company was at the Council Meeting. Members expressed concerns of citizens and businesses.
* The fireworks ordinance was approved giving dates for the use of fireworks. This should be in the paper soon and on the radio.
* A golf cart ordinance was introduced. It limits operators to licensed drivers only. It does not prohibit use of golf carts in neighborhoods. More on that next time.
* Since payments are coming due on the water line to Lebanon and the water tower, plus other expenses, it is necessary to increase water bills. Some will not be happy, but it is a necessary expense to keep our safe, clean water.
* The number of individuals not paying their water bill due to Covid has dropped significantly. Thank you to everyone for trying hard to keep your water bill up to date.
* A request had previously been made to see if employees health insurance premiums could be lowered. No action had been taken to inquire. If was asked if there could be options for deductibles, and the answer was no. It was reported the city has saved a lot of money with the self insured plan and premiums will not be as high for the upcoming year. No figures were given. It was restated that the request was made to show employees we heard their concerns and that it would show them we were willing to see if we could help.
* Due to a previous commitment of the Council a few years ago, and expectations of an outside organization for funds given to the city, the Council voted to tear down the old Chev. Garage/Hord Landscaping building. There was a previous obligation to widen the alley and develop a parking lot there.
* There was a concern expressed that someone had been assuming the duties of the mayor and holding meetings the mayor should have conducted. It was asked that the written request by the mayor that is required for such actions be provided to the Council at each meeting. Assumptions of duties are only to be made in the mayor’s absence or disability.
* The Council voted against reducing the number of Council Members from 12 to 6.
* A community member mentioned not being able to talk with the mayor on the phone after numerous requests. There was concern expressed about the City Hall still being closed to the public.
* Two gentlemen requested approval to revamp the skate park at Miller Park. They are willing to use their own supplies and labor. They were referred to the Public Works director for guidance.
* There was no discussion about the swimming pool, but it has been said that minor repairs are being made in preparation of its opening.
* REMINDER - The lawn care ordinance is in effect. There should be no mown grass on sidewalks, the right of way or in the street.