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The Chrisman City Council meeting held on July 19th began with the approval of previous meeting minutes, claims and building permits for 215 North Colorado and a demo permit for 326 North New York Street.
The Northern Edgar County Ambulance Service will hold one final meeting just to settle the assets. Ambulance Coordinator Jeremy Neal has officially claimed ownership of the service as of last week. With the new ownership, NECAS will now be known as Neal EMS.
United Prairie has stated they will be building a fertilizer plant near the subdivision north of town. Commissioner Rodney Wolfe said they would engineer the project and the company could hire a contractor.
“They put in their own sewers and water, then we will accept it and turn the water on,” Wolfe said.
United Prairie plans to reimburse the city for the use of their engineer on the project. The city will be responsible for the $750 permit from the IEPA. “You guys will have to pay for that and the state permit,” Wolfe told the representative.
The plant would be connected to the fire hydrant line by The American Tap. With the plant using around one million gallons of water in a three month time frame, the possibility of them filing up at night rather than during the day was brought up. If it was used during the day, residents could experience a water pressure problem.
Wolfe has the option to go 155 feet either way depending on the location. Discussion is still ongoing about where to put the meter, either inside or on the outside of the building. With a decision up in the air about tearing down a building, Commissioner Wolfe suggested holding off moving the money to cover the demolition.
The city has left over funds from Phase 1 of the Waste Water Treatment Plant.
Mayor Danny Owen suggested using that money to pay on the loan the city has. The total left over is close to $75,000. Commissioner Wolfe made the motion and it was approved.
Zero bids have been received for the tar and chip project. A possibility is waiting until September to do the project. “If we wait until September, are the prices locked in?” asked Mayor Owen. Commissioner Thad Crispin didn’t know the answer since it was in the contract for a different time for the project to begin. Commissioner Crispin has heard quotes for the electrical part of the pavilion completion, but has yet to choose a company.
Commissioner Wolfe spoke to Police Officer Ray Sollars about the nails that have been found in the alley between the old IGA and Lewsader Electric and how to get the problem fixed. Sollars also made a list of eighteen properties that needed work done.
Wolfe also spoke to those in charge of the Veteran’s Memorial. The city has yet to take over ownership of the memorial, which was supposed to take place last year along with the list of remaining names to be added.
“We are not covered on insurance with that. If we lost that in that windstorm, you would’ve been upset,” said Wolfe of his conversation.
Commissioner Wolfe hopes that at the next meeting, someone will be present to have the insurance switched over. Some have brought up that it should belong to the Legion and not the city.
“The Legion might not always be there,” Wolfe said. “The city will be here,” said Wolfe.