Florence council plans to check city infrastructure

The Florence City Council worked on creating a plan for infrastructure evaluation at its June 4 meeting.

Councilor Randy Mills offered to volunteer his time, equipment and fuel to help clean storm drains and inspect culverts. Local contractors will be used when additional help is needed.

Mills also mentioned that several water valves have had to be dug out recently because they were filled with dirt. He suggested that other valves be located, checked and dug out if necessary in case an emergency might lead to their immediate use.

Councilors discussed other proactive measures and will develop a plan for addressing long-term goals.

Mayor Greg Winn discussed getting involved in the U.S. Highway 50 project. The project allows community leaders to meet, learn about plans for highway expansion and present their thoughts on how their towns will be affected.

Councilors expressed the hope that joining the project at this early stage will help keep the town from being overlooked as the project progresses.

A project speaker will be scheduled to attend an upcoming council meeting.

In other matters, the council:

  • accepted the resignation of economic development director Sarah Cope and decided to continue paying for her Internet access until the end of the year.

  • donated $200 to Marion County Communities in Schools and will send a letter asking them to remember to refer to the district as the ?Marion-Florence school district? rather than ?Marion school district? in the future.

  • approved purchase of six police uniforms for a total cost of $438.91.

  • approved purchase of an 8-foot-wide John Deere deck mower at a cost of $4,000.

  • approved having police vehicles? transmissions serviced for up to $150 each.

  • heard that Police Chief Conroy Miller would be speaking in Burns on his police background and at the Florence library?s summer reading program on police investigation techniques.

  • heard that City of Peabody employees would be in Florence twice to spray for mosquitoes for a fee of $500.

  • heard that because Fifth Street Bridge wouldn?t support the weight of the equipment, county workers would not be able to help remove a logjam in the Cottonwood River.

  • decided to offer $5.50 per hour to new lifeguards and $6 per hour to any returning lifeguards.

  • heard that water aerobics classes were starting June 11 at the city pool.

  • received a donation of fill dirt for the baseball field from the Robinsons and will purchase rock to fill holes under bleachers.

  • will let the Boy Scouts run the concession stand for the 2007 season.

  • will look into placing a lighted scoreboard, removed from the former football field, at the baseball field.

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