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Chrisman will have a little more holiday spirit this year. After weeks of planning, Commissioner Cory Chaney received a phone call from the Superintendent of the Street Department in Paris.
“They have graciously offered their service with their bucket trucks,” said Chaney, of getting decorations up for the holiday season. “I talked to the guy today and he said to give him a couple of weeks notice.”
Chaney also has been working with a local fabricator with a sketch he had come up with. The bandstand will feature at twenty foot Christmas tree with LED lights that will be anchored down. This tree will be replacing the damaged Frosty inflatable. Chaney had also been approached about donations. Those who want to donate can contact the City about making donations for the Chrisman Christmas decorations fund.
The City has also made the decision for an interim loan. They were informed at the meeting that the monthly payments would be around $5,000 or can be payed at the end of the loan term.
When the loan was done, this was included with the loan from the USDA. The $5,000 would just be the interest payment. “I’m trying to figure out where we’re going to get this $5,000 for monthly payments,” Commissioner Chaney said. “My initial thought is to postpone.”
However, Commissioner Rodney Wolfe thought that the payments should be paid monthly. “If we’ve got that money to use, use it,” Wolfe said of money designated for infrastructure.
Wolfe has also been in contact with the USIC (US Infrastructure Company). The company focuses on underground utility damage protection and is one of the most trusted. Coverage will begin at Horace Brocton Road and go to the water tower for the new water lines.
“I want to make sure that gets located right,” Wolfe said. “They’ll have it on a map on a computer.” This would help the company easily locate a problem and quickly get it fixed.
A yearly fee for use of this company is $2,500. Charges then will be anything over so many minutes, they have a smaller fee. After hours would be a forty dollar charge and emergency would jump up to sixty.
“If we only have one ticket a month, that’s all we’re gonna pay,” Wolfe said.
The council agreed to table the decision until the next meeting. The council approved the loan resolution for the waste water treatment plant. The pay application from B&D Drainage for $144,371.60 was also approved for payment.
Commissioner Wolfe informed the council that the City was now down to one worker.
“That’s all we got,” Wolfe said. “He (the previous water operator) took another job.” Wolfe stated that he would be on standby for the weekend. During the week, Wolfe said that he would help in the evenings.
“I can take care of my water side and be on standby out there at the sewer plant,” said Wolfe. “I don’t know why we haven’t pulled the trigger and hired someone.”
The council will hold a special meeting this week in order to hire more city workers. A total of ten applications have been sent in. Applications will be reviewed later this week.
“We’ve got a lot to do,” Mayor Danny Owen said. “Find some good applications and get them in here for interviews.”
City Worker Erik Bohle will be taking his test to become the sewer operator early next week.
In another matter, a certificate was sent to the City from the Secretary of State. The certificate stated that the City of Chrisman has 1,312 citizens.
“That’s not too bad. It’s a little higher than I thought it would be,” Mayor Owen said.
The last census was around 1,200 people.