Florence Council receives good audit news

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN MICHELLE AVIS
City Auditor Dale Clark presented results of the recent budget audit to the Florence City Council Feb. 20.

Clark said the city was now in compliance with debt and income requirements and had made progress in reducing long-term debt. The report was unanimously accepted.

Venetia Miller presented copies of a survey of her property, which is encroached upon by a city street. She suggested the city address drainage issues and acquire a permit for the road, which adjoins the highway. Miller said the city trash truck had flattened a metal culvert that has since damaged her tires and caused drainage issues on the property.

Councilor Randy Mills suggested the road be barricaded and Miller be left to correct the drainage issue. The council decided to close the road and leave the pavement across Miller’s property.

After reviewing applicable laws, acting police chief Erik King said if the city barricades the road, it would be responsible for vehicle damage caused by unlighted barricades.

Mills then rescinded his motion to barricade the road. The council will contact the city attorney to look into what should legally be done with the road.

Labor Day Committee chair Trayce Warner announced the Spring Fling will be Saturday, April 29 and the Tour de Florence bicycle race will be June 6. She added that Labor Day T-shirts will be available all summer long.

In other business, the council:

  • heard that the Planning Commission will present proposed zoning maps at a special meeting at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 8, at the city building.
  • heard the fire department will look into moving fuel tanks closer to the department building.
  • tabled an agreement with Hach Inc. to maintain equipment such as turbidity meters, chlorinators and other water-plant equipment until the contract could be clarified.
  • approved purchase of two phosphate meters to replace the ones installed when the water filtration plant was built.
  • announced that available council members would attend a Kansas Department of Transportation meeting in Marion regarding Florence’s future roundabout.
  • agreed to purchase a service agreement for utility billing software.
  • tabled a decision to send a police officer to auto inspection certification classes in Topeka.
  • will look into whether the unused former railroad depot can be taken over by a local organization.
  • heard that four new speed limit signs will be placed on the cemetery road in response to several complaints received about excessive speed.
  • announced that a bowling team comprised of Bryan Harper, Dan Ludwig, Erik King, Darla Gore and Janet Robinson would participate in Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kid’s Sake in Marion.
  • approved Americans with Disabilities Act representative Del Leeds’s request to meet with the city attorney regarding what information should be placed in the ADA open record file.
  • heard that city superintendent Jeff Wagner would look into whether several water hydrants can be rebuilt rather than replaced.
  • tabled a decision whether to officially join the county Neighborhood Revitalization Program.
  • heard that city workers had applied millings to several rock roads around town.
  • will send city employees Jeff Wagner and Larry Scriven to Kansas Rural Water Association workshops in Wichita March 28-30.
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