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Norton City Council Notes

THE SWIMMING POOL PROJECT WAS THE MAJOR AGENDA ITEM FOR THE NORTON CITY COUNCIL LAST NIGHT.  RICK ENSZ FROM COOPER, MALONE AND MCCLAIN ONCE AGAIN TALKED ABOUT BEING THE BOND UNDERWRITER FOR THE POOL PROJECT.  HE WENT OVER THE COSTS THAT WOULD BE ASSOCIATED WITH GETTING BONDS FOR A NEW POOL.  WHILE THE CITY COUNCIL HAS NOT DECIDED ON A NEW POOL, THEY HIRED THE FIRM TO DO THE BOND WORK WITH BOND COUNSEL SARA STEELE OF GILLAM AND BELL.  JERRY JONES AND JERRY MORITZ VOTED NO.   THE VOTERS WILL GET A CHANCE TO VOTE ON A SALES TAX INCREASE IN NOVEMBER, SO WORK NEEDS TO BE COMPLETE NOW.  THE POOL DESIGN FIRM OF AQUATIC DESIGN WILL NOW WORK ON GETTING A PLAN DONE.  A SURVEY WILL BE DRAWN UP SO CITIZENS CAN EXPRESS THEIR OPINION ON THE POOL.  A COMMUNITY MEETING WILL BE HELD APRIL 17TH TO EXPLAIN THE PROJECT AND THE SURVEY WILL BE AVAILABLE ON LINE AND A SEVERAL PLACES IN NORTON.  THE POOL WEBSITE IS STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION.  THE CURRENT NORTON POOL WILL BE OPEN THIS SUMMER AND MAINTAINED AS USUAL.  IF THE SALES TAX DOES NOT PASS, THE COUNCIL AND POOL COMMITTEE WILL LOOK AT OTHER OPTIONS.  ALSO LAST NIGHT, THE COUNCIL APPROVED PURCHASING FALL PROTECTION MATERIAL FOR ELMWOOD PARK AND THE MAPES PARK FROM PLAY MART FOR 67, 581 DOLLARS THAT WAS IN THE BUDGET.  THIS IS THE RUBBER MATERIAL THAT WILL NOT BLOW AWAY AND OFFER PROTECTION UNDER THE PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT.  THE COUNCIL APPROVED MOVING 18 THOUSAND DOLLARS FROM THE ELECTRIC REPLACEMENT TO THE ELECTRIC FUND THEN TO THE GENERAL FUND.  THEY ALSO APPROVED 50 THOUSAND DOLLARS TO THE GENERAL FUND FROM THE ELECTRIC FUND.  THE UTILITY WRITE OFFS WERE APPROVED TO BE WRITTEN OFF THE BOOKS AND TAKEN TO THE CITY ATTORNEY TO PURSUE COLLECTIONS.  THE SECOND READING OF THE ORDINANCE INCREASING THE SPAY AND NEUTER FEE FOR ADOPTION OF DOGS AT THE ANIMAL SHELTER PASSED.  THE SECOND READING OF THE ORDINANCE REMOVING THE NO PARKING ON MADISON STREET ACROSS FROM BELLA SOLE WAS APPROVED.  the council approved hiring penco engineering to do a storm water drain study south of the pool area.  penco should have the drainage study off armory drive done within 30 days.  city ADMINISTRATOR rob lawson presented a list of items that will be included in the spring auction for the city through mcmullen and wyatt auctions, including an old fire truck.  the council approved the purchase of a digger/derrick truck from the city of ottawa for 16 thousand dollars.  toby kuhn voted no.  this will replace a truck that was not replaced over a year ago.  lawson is working with the solid waste on dates for the spring clean up that offers free days at the landfill.  the county will not be offering half price on construction demolition for this year.  the resolution to amend the pay ranges, and employee positions in the employee handbook were approved.  they also approved the resolution to allow for city employees to transfer their unused sick leave to a fellow employee after that employee has used up their sick leave, vacation time, personal days and comp time.  it will be allowed at 40 hours per form and an employee can only received 120 hours per 12 months.  upcoming work sessions are public safety monday at 5:15, then finance, public works and parks on march 19th.  all meetings are held in city hall and are open to the public.