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Norton City Council Notes

The options for the pool financing and the website design were items for the Norton City Council last night.  Rick Ensz from Cooper, Malone, Mcclain, security brokers was at the meeting to discuss the various options available for designing and building a new pool.  He used figures from 4 to four and a half million dollars.  Ensz met with the designer from Aquatic Design and they came up with those numbers.  Preliminary estimates were 3.2 to 3.8 million dollars.  He addressed the various kinds of bonds and what types of rates that were available.  Ensz stated that now the interest rates were pretty low.  The council will be taking this question to the voters at the November election.  They are proposing a city wide sales tax to pay for the new pool.  The council decided to wait on the financing until more firm numbers and a design are presented.  Also last night, the council approved Aquatic Design working with the pool committee to develop a website that will include a survey that residents can vote on the pool.  Maggie Ellis from Nex-Tech presented information on the benefits of fiber optics that are available in Norton and are expanding to other communities.  The council approved allowing city staff to approve changes in dates for Elmwood Park activities for those entities who have approved schedules. The motorcycle races have been changed to August 10th with stock car races on August 11th for the NEPRA.  The council approved the first reading of the ordinance increasing the spay or neuter deposit for dog adoptions from 25 to 100 dollars.  They also approved the first reading of the ordinance removing the no parking zone on a portion of the south side of Madison street, south of the old Budweiser plant.  There will be two more readings for both.  The council and area residents discussed the drainage off the airport that runs down through the area where Holly Puga ATTACHED a manufactured home to her daycare on West Crane.  Penco Engineering is conducting a survey of the area and it is not complete yet.  There is still lots of work that Puga is doing to get the structure the way it needs to be.  This year will be the 20th anniversary for the Norton Public Library.  Upcoming meetings are a work SESSION for Parks and Finance starting at 5:30 Monday and a Personnel meeting next Thursday at 4:15.  All meetings are held in city hall and are open to the public.