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Norton City Council Notes

DISCUSSION ON THE SWIMMING POOL AND THE OUTDOOR WARNING SYSTEM WERE ITEMS FOR THE NORTON CITY COUNCIL LAST NIGHT.  GIL OTTER WAS AT THE MEETING TO ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PUBLIC BUILDING COMMISSION AND THE PROPOSED NEW POOL.  HE ASKED ABOUT THE DYNAMICS OF THE PBC AND ALSO WHY THE COUNCIL AND POOL COMMITTEE HAD NOT EXPLORED RENOVATING THE POOL INSTEAD OF A NEW ONE.  HE SAID THEY NEEDED AN OUTSIDE OPINION ON WHAT WAS NEEDED INSTEAD OF THE OPINION OF THOSE IN THE INDUSTRY.  THE SECOND READING OF THE ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING THE PBC WAS APPROVED.  THERE MAY BE SOME DRAWINGS FOR THE COUNCIL AT THE NEXT MEETING AFTER THE RESULTS OF THE SURVEY ARE COMPLETE.  THE DEADLINE TO COMPLETE THAT SURVEY IS TOMORROW.  ALSO, JUSTINA SMITH NORTON COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT COORDINATOR ASKED ABOUT THE OUTDOOR WARNING SYSTEM.  THE SYSTEM IS DESIGNED FOR THOSE OUTSIDE THEIR HOMES TO WARN THEM OF DANGER, NOT FOR THOSE INSIDE THEIR HOMES.  AS SHE HAS LOOKED AT THE SIRENS FOR THE THREE BIGGEST CITIES IN NORTON COUNTY, THERE IS NO CONSISTENCY.  IN LENORA AND ALMENA, THEIR TORNADO SIRENS ARE A THREE-MINUTE BLAST.  NORTON IS 8 UP AND DOWN SIRENS.  THERE IS NO ALL CLEAR.  THE FIRE SIRENS IN ALL THREE CITIES ARE DIFFERENT.  SMITH IS ASKING FOR REPRESENTATIVES OF THE THREE ENTITIES TO MEET TO ADDRESS HOW THEY CAN BE MADE ALL THE SAME.  THERE ARE NO STATE OR FEDERAL GUIDELINES FOR COUNTIES IN TERMS OF WARNING SYSTEMS AND SIRENS.  THE PUBLIC SAFETY WILL BE MEETING JUNE 4TH AT FIVE TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE AND OTHER ISSUES.  ALSO LAST NIGHT, CAROL ERLENBUSH UPDATED THE COUNCIL ON THE VETERAN’S MEMORIAL.  THE DEDICATION WILL BE SATURDAY MAY 26TH AT 11.  SHE FEELS THE PARK NEEDS TO BE RENAMED.  THE LANDSCAPE IS MOSTLY DONE AND ALMOST ALL OF IT WAS PURCHASED LOCALLY AND WITH DONATIONS RECEIVED.  COUNCIL PRESIDENT JERRY MORITZ VOLUNTEERED TO SPEAK AT THE DEDICATION.  THE COUNCIL WILL ADVERTISE FOR THE COUNCIL AT LARGE POSITION ON THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BOARD AND MAKE THAT APPOINTMENT AT THE NEXT MEETING.  THE COUNCIL APPROVED THE WESTERN AREA POWER ASSOCIATION FIVE YEAR INDIVIDUAL RESOURCE PLAN WAS APPROVED.  THE CITY WILL BE ADDING AMMONIA TO THE WATER STARTING JUNE 6TH.  THOSE WITH DIALYSIS MACHINES AND FISH AQUARIUMS WILL NEED TO TAKE SOME SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS.  INFORMATION WILL BE TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL, NURSING HOMES AND CARE FACILITIES ABOUT THE CHANGES.  THE WATER SHOULD TASTE AND SMELL BETTER WITH THE NEW SYSTEM.  ANYONE WITH QUESTIONS CAN CALL THE CITY OFFICE.  THE COUNCIL REMINDS CITIZENS THAT WEEDS AND GRASS MUST BE SHORTER THAN 8 INCHES.  IF THERE ARE PROPERTIES WITH GRASS AND WEEDS OVER THAT, THE INMATE WORK CREW MAY BE WORKING ON THEM.  THE TRAVEL AND TOURISM WILL BE REPLACING THE SIGN ON THE EAST EDGE OF NORTON.  THE PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE IS STUDYING THE DRAWINGS FROM PENCO ENGINEERING.  UPCOMING MEETINGS ARE PERSONNEL MAY 24TH AT FOUR AND PUBLIC SAFETY JUNE 4TH AT FIVE.  ALL MEETINGS ARE HELD IN CITY HALL AND ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.