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Council Notes

THE ABATEMENT OF A PROPERTY AND THE VACATION OF A STREET WERE ITEMS FOR THE NORTON CITY COUNCIL LAST NIGHT.  CODE INSPECTOR JEFF WOLF INVESTIGATED A PROPERTY AT 411 WEST LINCOLN FOR VIOLATIONS OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL CODE.  HE FOUND SEVERAL AREAS THAT WERE IN VIOLATION.  CITY ATTORNEY KAREN GRIFFITHS PRESENTED A RESOLUTION TO THE COUNCIL FOR THE ABATEMENT OR GETTING RID OF THE VIOLATIONS AT THE PROPERTY OWNED BY BRYAN AND DEBRA KEISWETTER.  THE RESOLUTION PASSED AND KEISWETTERS NOW HAVE 10 DAYS TO ABATE THE CONDITIONS OR THE CITY WILL DO IT AND ASSESS THE COSTS TO THEM.  THEY WERE ORIGINALLY NOTIFIED IN MID JULY ABOUT THE VIOLATIONS.  ALSO LAST NIGHT, THE PLANNING COMMISSION STUDIED THE REQUEST FROM JON BOXLER TO VACATE A PORTION OF VALLEY DRIVE NORTH OF HIS PROPERTY.  THE STREET WAS ORIGINALLY GOING TO BE USED TO TIE INTO PROPERTY TO THE WEST, BUT THERE IS NO ACCESS ACROSS THE CREEK THERE.  GRIFFITHS WILL BRING AN ORDINANCE TO THE NEXT MEETING.  THE CITY APPROVED THE RESOLUTION LIFTING THE BURN BAN IN THE CITY OF NORTON.  THERE IS NO OPEN BURNING IN THE CITY, BUT OUTDOOR FIREPLACES WILL BE ABLE TO BE USED AGAIN AFTER PUBLICATION OF THE RESOLUTION.  DONNA FOLEY VOTED NO.  THE CITY WILL BE SENDING OUT POSSIBLY TWO MORE LETTERS ABOUT THE TRI-HELAMETHANES.  THIS WILL BE FOR TESTS TAKEN BEFORE THE NEW PLANT WAS PUT ON LINE.  THE TESTS FROM THE NEW PLANT CONTINUE TO BE GOOD.  THE CONCRETE PROJECT AT 2ND AND LINCOLN IS DONE.  THE CONCRETE HAS TO CURE AND THEY HOPE TO RE-OPEN THAT INTERSECTION SEPTEMBER 14TH.  THE CITY WAS AWARDED 750 THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR THE HIGHWAY 36 PROJECT.  THAT WILL IMPROVE HIGHWAY 36 FROM SUBWAY TO THE PIZZA HUT.  THEY ARE WORKING TO GET THAT SHORT STRETCH FROM PIZZA HUT TO THE VET CLINIC FUNDED WITH OTHER FUNDS.  POLICE CHIEF PAT MOREL ANNOUNCED THE RESIGNATION OF ONE OF HIS OFFICERS THAT HAS BEEN EMPLOYED SINCE NOVEMBER.  THEY WILL ADVERTISE FOR A CERTIFIED POLICE OFFICER TO TAKE HIS PLACE.  THE FIRST READING OF THE ORDINANCE CHANGING THE REQUIREMENTS FOR A BUILDING PERMIT FOR ROOF REPAIR AND REPLACEMENT PASSED WITH RON BRIERY VOTING NO.  THAT ORDINANCE SAYS A BUILDING PERMIT IS NEEDED FOR ROOF WORK.  ONE BID WAS RECEIVED FOR THE REPLACEMENT OF THE ROOF AT THE GRANDSTAND AND IT WAS NOT ACCEPTED.  CITY ADMINISTRATOR ROB LAWSON WAS INSTRUCTED TO GET SOME PRE-EMERGENT FOR THE CEMETERY TO SEE IF SOME GRASS COULD GET STARTED AND SOME OF THE SANDBURS COULD BE KILLED.  THE CITY ACCEPTED THE BID FROM WESTERN EXTRA LIGHTING FORM HAYS FOR 175 LED LIGHTS FOR REPLACING THOSE IN THE CITY.  THESE WILL GO ON THE EXISTING POLES.  THE LIGHTS AND THE WIRING WILL BE LIGHTER FOR THE POLES.  UPCOMING MEETINGS ARE PUBLIC SAFETY SEPTEMBER 17TH AT 5:15.  ALL MEETINGS ARE HELD IN CITY HALL AND ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.