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The last October meeting of the Chrisman City Council began with the approval of Commissioner Brice Stratton’s resignation. The city now has a vacancy for the water commissioner position.
Until more bids can be acquired for the Epps Building repair, Commissioner Bryan Haddix suggested to table the discussion.
Commissioner Thad Crispin is working on a finalized quote from the engineer on the repairs for the storm drain that has caused residents some frustration. Crispin is also waiting to hear back on a quote for the handrail that is to be installed by the bandstand.
The city is looking at changing the name of the road that the city dump is on. Commissioner Haddix suggested looking into the legalities of the name change. Commissioner Cory Chaney, who was acting Mayor in the absence of Mayor Danny Owen, stated that he would look into the matter as well.
In another matter, Crispin received a quote for a new salt building. “The building either already fell in or is ready to fall in,” said Crispin.
Crispin received a quote from Mosier Built Buildings out of Indianola for a 10 x 20 x 12 new salt building. Inside will be a 2×6 grove to keep rock and metal from getting inside. The building will also have a moisture barrier. The quote was for $8,200.
“If we want concrete floor, it would be an extra $2,000 to $2,500. I don’t know off the top of my head,” Crispin said. “I think it was less than eleven thousand if we went with the concrete floor.”
Commissioner Haddix stated that having a concrete floor would be the better choice for the building. The council approved the purchase of the building along with the concrete floor option, contingent on the project not going over $11,000.
City employee Michael Burgess has been in contact with Eric Lewsader to unwire the generator that was used in the generator building on Washington Street.
“We will get a new updated one – put it in with the new pumps when they are put in,” said Commissioner Haddix.
At the previous meeting, it was brought up that employees at the Chrisman Elementary School were parking on Monroe. This was causing problems for those heading out to the fields in the larger trucks.
“They were called and last week, on Friday, there were still cars parked there,” Haddix said. “If there’s still cars parked there tomorrow (Tuesday), I can go in and talk to someone.”
Haddix mentioned the possibility of putting up a sign on Monroe to detour parking.
In another matter, the EPA has sent a letter to the city, stating that a phosphate process would have to be added at the water tower. The phosphate is becoming diluted when it reaches Chrisman after coming from Paris.
The gape valve located on the corner of Route 1 and Cleveland is causing some problems.
“They’re thinking it’s on one side of the T or the other. The gape valve isn’t shutting like it’s suppose to be,” Burgess told the council. “That’s what we’re trying to figure out.”