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Norton City Council Notes

THE UPDATE ON THE GEOMETRIC PROJECT AND A CHANGE ORDER FOR THE WATER PLANT RENOVATION WERE ITEMS FOR THE NORTON CITY COUNCIL LAST NIGHT.  JEROL DEBOAR FROM PENCO ENGINEERING AND SEVERAL REPRESENTATIVES OF THE KANSAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION DISCUSSED THE GEOMETRIC IMPROVEMENT PROJECT THE CITY WAS AWARDED.  THE CITY WAS AWARDED 750 THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR REPAIRING HIGHWAY 36 FROM THE STOPLIGHT WEST 900 FEET.  THAT IS THE FARTHEST THE CITY CAN GO WITH THE PROJECT.  AT THE LAST COUNCIL MEETING, THE COUNCIL DISCUSSED A FOUR LANE HIGHWAY VERSUS A THREE LANE.  THE THREE LANE would HAVE 12 FOOT DRIVING LANES AND 14-FOOT TURNING LANES.  THE 4 LANE WOULD HAVE FOUR 12-FOOT DRIVING LANES.  THE CONCERN WITH THE FOUR LANE WAS MOVING THE STORM SEWER, MOVING POWER LINES AND PURCHASING RIGHT OF WAY FROM PROPERTY OWNERS.   THE RIGHT OF WAY WOULD HAVE TO BE PURCHASED BY THE CITY.   THE KDOT HAS SAID THE STORM SEWER DOES NOT HAVE TO BE MOVED, EXCEPT MAYBE IN ONE AREA AND THE POWER POLES CAN STAY.   IF THE CITY DECIDES on the THREE LANE, A TRAFFIC STUDY WOULD BE NEEDED.  JEFF STEWART FROM THE KDOT SAID THEY WERE NOT 100 PER CENT CERTAIN THAT THE 3 LANE WOULD SERVE THE TRAVELING PUBLIC INTO THE FUTURE.  WITH THE HIGHWAY 383 PROJECT IN THE NEXT TEN YEARS, THAT SHOULD INCREASE TRAFFIC GOING THROUGH NORTON.   THE CITY IS NOW LOOKING AT THE FOUR LANE HIGHWAY.  ALSO, CHRIS MILLER AND GREG WARNER FROM MILLER AND ASSOCIATES PRESENTED AN UPDATE ON THE WATER PLANT RENOVATION.   THEY HAD TO REDRILL THE ELEVATOR SHAFT DUE TO NO CASING.  THEY REPAIRED THAT AND FOUND SOME PIPING BELOW THE FLOOR THAT DID NOT HOLD WATER.  THEY REPLACED THAT.  THEY ALSO NEEDED TO ADD A CLARIFIER BAFFLE TO REPLACE THE ONE THAT WAS ROTTEN.  THE CHANGE ORDER IN THE AMOUNT OF 16,800 DOLLARS WAS APPROVED.  THE STABILIZATION OF THE ELEVATOR WALL AT THE TOP WILL BE DONE BY CITY STAFF.  IN OTHER BUSINESS, CITY ADMINISTRATOR ROB LAWSON REPORTED THAT THE CITY HAS RECEIVED A DONATION OF METAL TO REPLACE THE GRANDSTAND ROOF.  THEY ARE LOOKING FOR A CONTRACTOR TO HELP.  CITY ATTORNEY KAREN GRIFFITHS WAS INSTRUCTED TO CHANGED THE CITY ORDINANCE TO INCREASE THE SPAY AND NEUTER DEPOSIT TO 100 DOLLARS.   THE COUNCIL APPROVED the PURCHASE OF A 2013 FORD INTERCEPTOR UTILITY VEHICLE FOR THE POLICE DEPARTMENT THROUGH THE STATE OF KANSAS CONTRACT.  GOING THROUGH THE KANSAS HIGHWAY PATROL WAS NOT AN OPTION ANY LONGER.  THE COUNCIL APPROVED BRAD NUZUM AS A VOLUNTEER CITY FIREMAN.  THEY APPROVED REMOVING THE NO PARKING FROM THE 100 BLOCK OF WEST MADISON.  THE COUNCIL WILL GO OUT FOR BIDS TO PURCHASE THE POWER PLANT ENGINES THROUGH THE STATE MUNICIPAL ENERGY PUBLICATIONS.  IT WILL include THE REMOVAL OF THE ENGINES, LIABILITY INSURANCE AND RETURNING THE PLANT TO THE ORDER THEY FOUND IT.  THEY ALSO APPROVED REMOVING OTHER EQUIPMENT AT THE POWER PLANT AND SELLING IT TO LICENSED RECYCLABLE DEALERS.  THEN IF SOMEONE WANTS TO PURCHASE THE EQUIPMENT, THEY WILL CONTACT WITH THE DEALERS.  THE COUNCIL ACCEPTED THE BID FROM SPECIALTY HYDRAULICS TO REPAIR THE HOSES AND CABLES FOR THE HIGH RANGE BUCKET TRUCK FOR 15,350 DOLLARS.  THEY WILL ALSO PURCHASE A BUCKET LINER IN THAT BID.  UPCOMING WORK SESSIONS WILL INCLUDE PARKS, PUBLIC WORKS AND FINANCE FEBRUARY 20TH STARTING AT 5:30.  PERSONNEL WILL MEET FEBRUARY 23RD AT 4:15.  THE POOL COMMITTEE WILL MEET FEBRUARY 13TH AT SIX.  ALL MEETINGS ARE HELD IN CITY HALL AND ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.