ORIGINALLY WRITTEN MICHELLE AVIS
The Florence City Council began discussing holiday decorations at the Nov. 6 meeting.
Sara Neal asked about placing a barbed-wire Christmas tree in the middle of the intersection at 5th and Main streets. A large evergreen had previously been placed in the intersection until one was implicated in causing an accident.
Neal described the barbed-wire tree as being able to be seen through and said it would be lighted as well.
The council approved the tree’s placement. The official lighting will be Dec. 2.
The council also agreed to consider selling bell-shaped light sculptures formerly used downtown. The ornaments will be listed in an online auction.
In other business, the council:
— thanked everyone who participated in the Halloween event, which was described as “very successful.”
— agreed to continue sending the Florence Crossroads newsletter with the water bill. With December’s mailing, the Chamber of Commerce will provide coupons from local businesses.
— heard that the zoning committee would meet at 8 p.m. Wednesday to discuss changes to a proposed zoning plan before submitting it to the council.
— learned that the Kansas Department of Transportation is soliciting comments and suggestions on future highway projects.
— announced that the city would pay for flu shots for city employees and volunteer firefighters on Tuesday. The county will pay for ambulance and rescue crew members and their families to have flu shots.
— heard that several water leaks have been reported and are being repaired.
— will ask city employees to level off mounds of dirt left by recent water line repairs.
— approved fire department purchase of some personal alert system alarms, suspenders and pairs of gloves for a total cost of about $500.
— heard that planned fire training will be continued after a heavy rain or snow. Dry conditions prevented the house from being burned during the training.
— will reexamine next year’s budget to try to add purchase of a city pickup truck.
— tabled for more information the purchase of a new utility billing and court software required to be in use by July 2007.