Florence council accepts resignation of fire chief at April 4 meeting

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN DON RATZLAFF
At its April 4 meeting, the Florence City Council accepted the resignation of Fire Chief Tony Leeds effective April 16.

Leeds has reportedly accepted a full-time position with the Great Bend Fire Department. Council members commended and thanked him for his service.

A new chief will be elected at the upcoming fire department meeting and officially appointed by the mayor on April 18.

The council also heard from Bill DuPrez, general manager of Wichita Home Center. DuPrez described a U.S. Department of Agriculture program that loans or guarantees loans for purchasing owner-occupied housing.

He then described his company’s partially factory-built, site-assembled homes. His company also refers clients to rural areas where land is available.

DuPrez was assured the city utilities would accommodate growth if people chose to take advantage of this program and build in Florence.

In other business, the council:

— read resolution 2005-02 which places the ambulance department under Marion County’s jurisdiction.

— approved changes to city insurance coverage, including removal of an ambulance and rescue truck and addition of a new police car, changing the yearly premium to $25,659.

— will rewrite the proposed contract with Spur Ridge Veterinary Clinic to read that the city will be responsible for repairs to the city-owned animal shelter building.

— will request written clarification of U.S. Filter’s water plant equipment warranty.

— approved installing high-speed Internet connections for computers in the city building. The monthly cost of $59.95 will come from the police budget.

— will send three reserve police officers to classes with the $225 total cost to be taken from the police budget.

— heard that the fire department has received used fire equipment valued between $4,000 and $5,000 from the Wichita Fire Department and a computer from the state fire marshal.

— tabled hiring a person to clean the city building until a schedule and cleaning of the ambulance building could be discussed.

— accepted Ordinance 775 outlining the job description of city treasurer.

— appointed Del Leeds as the Americans With Disabilities liaison to the state.

— approved purchase of five tons of asphalt for street repairs.

— will research whether a building housing multiple businesses will be required to have multiple water meters.

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