Florence Council addresses siren issue

Stuart Funk, city superintendent, reported to the Florence City Council Monday that he has been having problems with the sirens at the school not shutting off and he will be looking at them on Tuesday.

The sirens will not be activated at noon until the problem is corrected.

The council gave Funk the authority to rock the roads at the cemetery. Funk also asked to attend a conference/exhibition in Wichita for the water department. The council approved.

Funk informed the council that repairs had been done on the city tractor, including an 800-hour maintenance.

The city council approved a “Statement of Adoption” for the City of Florence Source Water Assessment and Protection Plan.

Dill Dyer, standards board, met with the council to ask for an informational meeting between the standards board, the council and Bob Brookens, the city attorney.

The standards board feels some misunderstandings exist about the board’s role and relation to the council. This meeting would describe the process that the standards board goes through when it has a property to look at.

“He and the board feel the council is unaware that once the board goes through the process and gets to the order stage, there is really no liability on the part of the city if we as a standards board have followed the process,” Dyer said.

The board hopes they would then be able to answer any questions council members have about the steps taken as they go try to get a property cleaned up.

Dyer stated the standards board has almost completed all the projects they are working on and will most likely not initiate any action. But the board would work with the council if the council referred any items to them.

Dyer and the board feel that if the council refers properties needing attention or action, then the board will be able to take the actions necessary without misunderstandings.

The council and the standards board will try and meet at the next scheduled standards board meeting, 6:30 p.m., Feb. 21.

Diane Burnett, city secretary, asked the city to purchase two new file cabinets for the office.

Several citizens who attended the council meeting asked that their water bills be adjusted due to water leaks. Their bills were adjusted with a reminder that adjusting the water bill is a one-time offer. The amount of the water bill will be adjusted to half, with the full sewer and trash amount still due.

Howard Kahler, chief of police, reported the following activity for January: five thefts, 11 service calls, 11 assists, one criminal damage, one burglary, two animal calls, two calls to oasis, five warnings, five NTAs and 1,420 combined mileage.

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