Water still major Florence agenda

Water was again the major discussion topic for the Florence City Council at its Nov. 1 meeting.

The council will be consulting a structural engineer for a second opinion on the water-plant building to see if it’s allowing the water pump to vibrate excessively causing pipes to break.

One part that had to be sent for repair has been shipped back but needs to be installed.

City superintendent Ken Hoffman suggested that a service contract be entered with Colorado Springs-based Hach. A field operator from Topeka would service and repair of the chlorinator and turbidity meter installed in 1993. More information was requested.

Time frame for repair of the cracked clear well cap could not be determined because the roofing contractor who will apply the rubber sheeting has not been heard from recently.

The Fifth Street Bridge log jam will require additional contractors. An estimate of up to 50 hours at $172 an hour was approved for removal and burning of the remaining logs under the bridge.

The project must be completed by Feb. 3 to have 75 percent paid by the Federal Emergency Management Administration. The state will pay 10 percent of the costs and the city’s remaining 15 percent will be covered by work previously contracted.

In other business, the council:

— heard Chuck DeForest explain how extensive water line will be run to his property when highway construction begins around March 2005.

— accepted the 2005 holiday schedule of cleanup days and trash pickup to be sent out to customers and the transfer station in Marion.

— tabled the issue of the springhouse roof repair until spring.

— heard no vandalism was reported on Halloween; police reported only dogs running at large and a groundhog with distemper.

— will prepare a gesture of appreciation for the Boy and Girl Scouts who helped deliver fliers around the city.

— heard that some dumped construction rock will be relocated.

— heard Linda Britton of the Parks Committee will ask the El Dorado Correctional Facility for inmate labor to fix up parks.

— heard City Clerk Darla Gore report she is researching a program that pays restitution for lost revenue while access to a city is impaired by construction.

— approved Gore’s request to attend a class for city clerks from Nov. 8 to 12.

— ended the meeting with a 45-minute executive session for personnel-related matters with no action to follow.

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