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Norton City Council Notes

THE SWIMMING POOL DESIGN AND THE WATER SITUATION WERE ITEMS FOR THE NORTON CITY COUNCIL LAST NIGHT.  JILL LIVELY, A MEMBER OF THE POOL COMMITTEE, PRESENTED THE MINUTES FROM THE LAST COMMITTEE MEETING.  KEVIN FROM AQUATIC DESIGN PRESENTED THE DESIGN THAT WAS SHOWED AT THE PUBLIC MEETING.  THE COMMITTEE WENT OVER THE DESIGN, AND THEN MADE SOME CHANGES INCLUDING TAKING OUT A FEW FEATURES.  THEY ALSO HEARD THE RESULTS FROM THE POOL SURVEY.  314 PEOPLED RESPONDED TO THE SURVEY, 10 PER CENT OF NORTON RESIDENTS.  MOST OF THE RESPONSES WERE POSITIVE.  THEY ARE HOPING TO HAVE A LESS THAN ONE PERCENT SALES TAX TO PROPOSE.  THE DESIGN DECIDED ON BY THE COMMITTEE WILL COST 3.52 MILLION DOLLARS, JUST FOR CONSTRUCTION.  THAT DOES NOT INCLUDE THE FURNISHINGS AND ALL THE ADMINISTRATION PAPERWORK FOR THE BOND COUNSEL.  RICK ENSZ FROM MCCLAIN, COOPER AND MALONE WILL BE WORKING ON THE FIGURES FOR THE BONDS FOR THE COUNCIL TO REVIEW AS SOON AS MAC AL YEAH PRESENTS THE FINAL DESIGN ESTIMATE.  HE WILL HAVE THAT TO THE COUNCIL BY JUNE 15TH, SO THE PARKS COMMITTEE CAN MEET TO ADDRESS THE BIDS.  THE COUNCIL APPROVED THE POOL COMMITTEES RECOMMENDATION WITH JERRY JONES VOTING NO.  THE COUNCIL VOTED 1 YES VOTE TO FOUR NO VOTES TO HAVE AN INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR FROM MANHATTAN LOOK AT THE POOL FOR HIS OPINION.  JERRY JONES VOTED YES THE REST NO.  ALSO LAST NIGHT, SEAN VELTMAN WITH MILLER AND ASSOCIATES ADDRESSED THE CHANGE TO THE CLORIMINATION THAT WILL BE TAKING PLACE TODAY.  IT WILL ADD MORE AMMONIA TO THE WATER.  THE BROWN WATER FROM OVER THE WEEKEND WAS CAUSED BY THE MANGANESE IN THE WATER NOT GETTING ENOUGH CHLORINE AT THE FILTER STAGE.  THAT SHOULD BE WORKING OUT IN THE NEXT DAY OR SO.  MOST OF IT SHOULD BE GONE.  THE SAMPLES TAKEN FROM THE WATER PLANT SHOW THE LEVELS OF ARSENIC, URANIUM AND OTHERS BELOW THE STATE AND FEDERAL REGULATIONS.  THE CITY WILL FLUSH THE LINES NEXT TUESDAY TO GET NEW WATER FLOWING IN SOME OF THE DEAD END LINES.  ALSO LAST NIGHT, THE ORDINANCE TO CREATE THE PUBLIC BUILDING COMMISSION FOR THE POOL PROJECT WAS APPROVED FOR THIRD READING AND ADOPTED WITH JERRY JONES VOTING NO.  THE BY-LAWS AND OFFICERS WILL BE ADDRESSED AT THE NEXT MEETING.  THE COUNCIL APPROVED DEENA WENTE AT THE CITY’S AT LARGE POSITION ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, SANDY BHATKA AND TOBY KUHN FOR THE TRAVEL AND TOURISM COMMITTEE.  POLICE CHIEF PAT MOREL REPORTED THAT 144 TICKETS WERE ISSUED FOR SEAT BELT VIOLATIONS DURING THE CLICK IT OR TICKET PROGRAM, DOWN 100 FROM LAST YEAR.  THE COUNCIL APPROVED THE MAINTENANCE AGREEMENT WITH HACH SERVICE TO MONITOR THE EQUIPMENT AT THE WATER PLANT.  THE PROJECT AT STATE AND WARSAW IS COMPLETE.  THE CITY HAS IDENTIFIED FIVE INTERSECTIONS TO REPLACE LIKE THAT ALONG HIGHWAY 283.  THE STATE HAS BEEN VERY COOPERATIVE AND THE CITY CREWS HAVE DONE AN EXCELLENT JOB.  CITY ADMINISTRATOR ROB LAWSON SAID THEY MAY BE LOOKING AT SOME FORMS FOR CURB REPLACEMENT FOR THE CITY CREWS TO USE FOR THESE PROJECTS.  THE PARKS COMMITTEE WILL BE STUDYING THE GRASS SITUATION AT THE CEMETERY.  WHERE ALL THE STICKERS WERE REMOVED LAST YEAR, THE GRASS HAS NOT GROWN THERE YET.  THEY WILL ALSO ADDRESS THE ROOF AT THE GRANDSTANDS.  THE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE WILL BE STUDYING THE REQUEST TO CHANGE THE ORDINANCE ON THE STORAGE OF BULK STORAGE OF FLAMMABLE LIQUIDS IN THE CITY.  THEY WILL ALSO STUDY THE REQUEST FROM THE HOSPITAL TO DESIGNATE WARSAW STREET SOUTH OF THE HOSPITAL AS AN EMERGENCY SNOW ROUTE.  THE PLANNING COMMISSION WILL MEET JUNE 25TH TO ADDRESS ZONING REGULATIONS.  THE REQUEST FROM THE PERSONNEL COMMITTEE TO PRESENT A POOL PASS FOR CITY EMPLOYEES AND THEIR IMMEDIATE FAMILY WAS VOTED DOWN WITH HARRIETT GILL VOTING YES, THE OTHER FOUR NO.  THE BARREL RACE DATES OF JUNE 24TH AND AUGUST 9TH WERE APPROVED TO BE ADDED TO THE SCHEDULE.  THE FARMERS MARKET WILL START JUNE 21ST.  UPCOMING MEETINGS WILL BE A PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE MEETING JUNE 13TH AT FIVE, PARKS AND PUBLIC WORKS WORK SESSION JUNE 18TH AT FIVE, AND PERSONNEL WILL MEET JUNE 27TH AT 4:30.  ALL MEETINGS AND WORK SESSIONS ARE HELD IN CITY HALL AND ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.