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The City of Chrisman held their last meeting of the month on March 21st. The meeting began with approval of the previous meeting minutes, along with the claims in the amount of $30,440.58. Building permits were also approved for 221 West Madison Avenue and 301 South Iowa Street.
Jeremy Neal, owner of Neal EMS told the council that in front of his building, by the water meter, the crack in the concrete sidewalk was causing an issue. People have tripped on the sidewalk and at one point, the water meter was leaking and insulation was put on top of it to prevent it from freezing.
“I’m not trying to drum up business with a broken sidewalk,” Neal said.
Deputy Mayor Cory Chaney thanked Neal for bringing up the issue and said he would have the guys look into getting it fixed.
At the last meeting, Police Chief Tom Dolan was asked to look at RV’s that were sitting at homeowners’ property without stickers. “We’ve spoken with them and they’re all taking some sort of corrective action,” Dolan said.
Chrisman resident Shawna Boyer was in attendance to ask about the progress on the Centennial Park pavilion.
“The electrical should be done shortly, we’re waiting on Ameren,” Commissioner Thad Crispin said. “We’re trying to get quotes to finish the plumbing and get that taken care of.”
Crispin believes that once the plumbing is started, it shouldn’t take too much longer for the project to be complete. Boyer mentioned that the Booster Club was having a meeting on March 30th and invited Crispin to answer any questions that others may have.
Boyer also brought up that she’s had issues with the position that the on duty police officers park to run traffic. Normally, the officer on duty parks in the old Mooney Motors parking lot and has the lights turned down.
“Last night, whoever was on duty had the lights on and it was shining in my house,” Boyer stated.
Dolan mentioned that he would make a note to keep the lights down and mention it to the other officers so they could do the same.
In unfinished business, the city opened bids for the property located at 221 South Illinois Street. The previous bid was under the asking price that the city wanted. This time, the price was at $2,601 by Steve Stratton. With no objections, the council approved the bid and sale of the property.
Concerning the backhoe, Commissioner Brice Stratton stated that he was working to get someone to come and look at the machine. “It’s not going to be cheap to drive it somewhere and load it up,” Stratton said. “We’re still looking at trading – just in case.”
More information should be available at the next meeting.
In another matter, Commissioner Crispin stated that he was made aware of many drainage issues that the town was having with the big storm drain. Crispin said that the plan was to widen the opening, but it was brought to his attention that maybe another drain further up, just north of that culvert may be plugged and could be causing the issue.
“We’ll table that until next time and I can get more information,” Crispin said.
A couple of weeks ago, the city council signed a municipal aggregation contract. Prices weren’t available at the time of the signing, but the council proceeded with the signing just as an agreement to extend the contract.
A mowing position should be finalized this week and be on the agenda for the next meeting.
With the final day of school being May 31st, an opening for summer help will be posted shortly.