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Norton City Council Notes

THE NEW COUNCIL MEMBERS WERE SWORN IN AND THE DISCUSSION ON THE DRAINAGE PROBLEM WERE ITEMS FOR THE NORTON CITY COUNCIL LAST NIGHT.  RON BRIERY AND HARRIETT GILL WERE SWORN IN AS THE NEWEST COUNCIL MEMBERS.  DONNA FOLEY WAS RE-ELECTED TO HER POSITION.  MAYOR DAVID CORNS PRESENTED PLAQUES TO OUTGOING COUNCIL MEMBERS TOBY KUHN AND JEFF OTTER.  KUHN THANKED THE COUNCIL FOR THEIR HARD WORK AND TO THE CITY STAFF FOR THEIR HELP.  HE STATED HE DID NOT REALIZE BEFORE JOINING THE COUNCIL, HOW MUCH TIME IT WOULD TAKE BETWEEN MEETINGS.  ALSO, JEROL DEBOER FROM PENCO ENGINEERING PRESENTED HIS FINDINGS FROM THE STUDY HE DID ON THE DRAINAGE ON THE NORTH END OF NORTON.  HE STATED THAT WITH CHANGING THE TERRACES AND CLEANING OUT THE DITCH ON THE NORTH SIDE OF ARMORY DRIVE, THAT WOULD NOT ALLOW WATER TO RUN ACROSS ARMORY DRIVE.  THE WATER PROBLEMS ON WEST CRANE COULD BE SOLVED BY MOVING SOME INLETS AND THEN DOING WORK IN THE DITCH ON THE WEST SIDE OF SECOND STREET BEHIND THE HOUSES.  SOME TREES WILL NEED TO BE TAKEN OUT.  HE ESTIMATES TAKING ABOUT FOUR WEEKS FOR THE PROJECT.  HE WILL RETURN WITH SOME FIGURES FOR THE SUPPLIES ONLY.  CITY ADMINISTRATOR ROB LAWSON SAID THE CITY CREWS HAVE NEVER DONE A PROJECT LIKE THIS, BUT WOULD LIKE TO TRY.  ALSO LAST NIGHT, THE COUNCIL APPOINTED JERRY MORITZ TO THE COUNCIL PRESIDENT POSITION.  ALL THE COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS WERE APPROVED.  ALL THE BOARD REPRESENTATIVES WERE APPROVED AS PRESENTED BY THE MAYOR.  THE OTHER APPOINTMENTS LIKE CITY CLERK, POLICE CHIEF, AND OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER WERE ALL APPROVED.  THE ONLY ONE THAT CAUSED A TIE VOTE WAS FOR CITY ATTORNEY.  THE MAYOR RECOMMENDED KAREN GRIFFITHS.  DONNA FOLEY, HARRIETT GILL AND ROBERT RYAN VOTED YES.  JERRY JONES, JERRY MORITZ AND RON BRIERY VOTED NO.  THE MAYOR BROKE THE TIE VOTING YES.  ALSO LAST NIGHT, THE COUNCIL APPROVED DONATING 250 DOLLARS TO THE NORTON PUBLIC LIBRARY’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION IN JULY.  THE CITY SENT LETTERS TO THE CITY CUSTOMERS ON THE TRI-HELAMETHANES VIOLATION.  THEY EXPECT TO SEND MAYBE TWO MORE AND THEN THE WATER PLANT SHOULD BE WORKING AT TOP PERFORMANCE.  THE PLANT IS IN THE FINAL STAGES AND WHEN IT IS DONE, LAWSON WOULD LIKE TO HAVE ANOTHER OPEN HOUSE.  THE 2013 BUDGET REQUESTS HAVE BEEN SENT TO THE CITY SUPERVISORS.  CLEAN UP WEEK IS NEXT WEEK AND YARD WASTE PICK UP WILL BEGIN THAT SAME WEEK.  THE REQUEST TO HAVE A WATER TAP PUT IN STATE STREET BY THE HEATON BUILDING WAS APPROVED BY THE KANSAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION.  THE CITY WILL WORK ON THE AREA ON WARSAW AND STATE.  THE SURVEYS FOR THE NORTON POOL ARE AVAILABLE ON LINE AT WWW.NORTONPOOL.COM AND SOME ARE AVAILABLE AT THE CITY OFFICE.  THE COUNCIL DISCUSSED THE MEETING FROM TUESDAY NIGHT AND THE POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE RESPONSES THAT WERE RECEIVED.  A PARKS WORK SESSION IS SET FOR MONDAY APRIL 30TH TO CONTINUE THAT DISCUSSION.  COMMITTEE HEAD JERRY MORITZ ASKED THE COUNCIL MEMBERS TO DISCUSS THEIR CONCERNS WITH THE PROJECT SO THE COUNCIL CAN GO FORWARD IN A UNIFORM MANNER.  THE NORTON LIONS WERE THANKS FOR THE TREES THAT WERE PLANTED NEAR THE HORSE ARENA AND IN THE CEMETERY.  THE COUNCIL VOTED TO RESCIND A RESOLUTION MADE IN 2010 THAT STATED THAT RON BRIERY WAS UNQUALIFIED TO SERVE AS A COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVE.  THE REQUEST FROM BARB BALLINGER FOR A DISC GOLF TOURNAMENT FOR HER RELAY FOR LIFE TEAM ON MAY 19TH WAS APPROVED.  OTHER WORKS SESSIONS ARE PUBLIC WORKS MONDAY AT FIVE AND PERSONNEL NEXT THURSDAY AT 4:30.  ALL MEETINGS AND WORK SESSIONS ARE HELD IN CITY HALL AND ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.