Water plant focus of Florence council discussion

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN MICHELLE AVIS
The water filtration plant again dominated much of the discussion at the Feb. 2 meeting of the Florence City Council.

Recently discovered cracks in the new cement well cover will be repaired under warranty at the expense of the contractor.

More information will be given at or before the next council meeting on how the project will proceed. Payments for the plant were tabled for further discussion after that time.

The heavily debated burial of the discharge line, undertaken by city workers, has thus far been adequate protection from the elements. It was reported that the line carrying filter backwash from the plant back to the river has been free of ice blockage.

The council announced later that the ad valorem tax letter received indicated a loss of $12,000 in state funding. While the funding wasn’t allocated in the 2004 budget, the amount to be received will be less than the city had hoped for.

In other business:

— Ken Hoffman was to be sent to weekly water classes to prepare for certification.

— The council broke for a 30-minute executive session on personnel matters.

— Sewer and water pipe has been run to Jim Steele’s liquor store, but is still awaiting hookup due to weather.

— The addition of lighting fixtures at Johnson’s General Store, estimated to cost $163, will commence after receipt of Kansas Department of Transportation permit.

— A bid for construction of restrooms at Grandview Park will be forwarded to benefactor Harold VanBuren for his approval.

— The city council will meet for a work session at 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 17.

— The contract for the city’s Web site was tabled until the next council meeting, Feb. 16.

— The PRIDE committee will be having a fund-raiser March 13. More details to be released later.

— The city will apply for a new sewer discharge license.

— The city council thanked Joel Hayes for clearing snow on city streets and removing logs around the bridge.

— The council agreed to reimburse City Clerk Darla Gore for attending upcoming conferences for municipal clerks.

— The council approved Scott Zogelman’s request that $1,300 be allocated to repair ambulances.

— Travis Parmeley reported that city employees not already vaccinated will be able to receive hepatitis vaccinations in Florence Feb. 10.

— Five members of the fire department will receive live fire training on Feb. 7, weather permitting.

— City Manager Stuart Funk reports the city trash truck, a tractor and a city truck have been serviced and have had repairs made.

— The city’s antique stop sign will be painted with reflective yellow paint as soon as weather allows.

— Sue Klassen will be repainting several street name signs with reflective paint to see if it would be feasible to repaint rather than replace all of the signs.

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