Florence council told roundabout could open within a month

by Michelle Avis

The Free Press

Councilor Ed Robinson announced at the June 19 meeting of the Florence City Council that workers estimate the roundabout at the intersection of U.S. highways 50 and 77 might be completed within 30 days.

The council did not take action on a request by Fire Chief Tim Parmley to ask that a section of the temporary detour be left intact. Parmley had requested a standpipe for filling the tanker truck and thought this would be an ideal location.

The council did approve the purchase of two hose nozzles and a waste pump for the fire department. Half of the $2,800 cost will be taken from the department’s special fund and half will be reimbursed by the Forestry Commission.

The council also approved the purchase of two rechargeable batteries for the fire department’s portable radios for a total cost not to exceed $100.

The fire department also was given permission to paint the tops of fire hydrants to match a color-coded map indicating the hydrant’s hose size.

Doyle Creek Mercantile owner Judy Mills asked the council to donate a “Welcome” sign on U.S. Highway 50 to her store. She said the sign had been painted by Future Farmers of America members and donated to the city, but had not been maintained since.

Mills plans to have an advertising sign made that would also advertise the Florence downtown. The council decided not to donate the sign to the business but will lease it to Mills for a yearly cost of $1.

In other business, the council:

congratulated Mark Bishop on completing a lengthy wastewater treatment course and certification.

declined to discuss the issue but instead advised Venetia Miller to contact her attorney about the city road that encroaches on her property.

agreed to charge Carriage Manor a single commercial trash fee for each water meter rather than billing each residential unit.

decided to make $200 donations to Communities in Schools and the Marion/Florence Recreation Commission.

announced that an 11-member team would represent the city in the Relay for Life. The team, known as the Florence Crossroads, will hold a bake sale July 9 to collect donations toward their goal of $1,000.

announced that Labor Day shirts were on sale at the city building and some area businesses.

authorized purchase of up to 45 total culverts after hearing more had been offered at the discounted rate.

will ask the city attorney for suggestions of wording for the Americans with Disabilities Act addition to the city employee handbook.

heard that the Zoning Commission would present more information to the council after a hearing June 29.

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