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With some people blowing leaves in the road, Mayor Danny Owen wants to send a reminder that this will result in a fine.
“Blowing leaves out in the road is a no go,” Owen said. “It could be fine.” Owen went onto say that most people put their leaves on the grass, but a few select people do it. The leaves have plugged up the basins, causing unnecessary problems for the city workers. The police department will be on the look out.
“The first time will be a warning, the second will be a ticket,” Owen said.
A few members of the Chrisman Area Community Club were in attendance at Monday night’s meeting to ask the council about the upcoming ‘Christmas in Chrisman’ Celebration.
“We want to get the ok to go ahead and have the Christmas parade and the chili supper,” Rich Denbo said. “We were thinking the first Wednesday of December.”
Mayor Owen asked what was all lined up for the parade.
“We’ve got about twenty-two lighted floats is what we’re planning on having,” Carole Yaw said. She followed by asking the council if they would like to sponsor the same float that they did last year. The city’s usual float is the ‘Spinner Snail’ that is a hit with the attending children.
“We will,” Owen said. “We’ll take care of that for you.”
The parade is planned to begin at 7:00 p.m on Wednesday, December 7th. The popular horse and carriage rides will also be a part of this year’s celebration. Mrs. Yaw also brought up the ‘Christmas Greetings in the Park’, where the community decorates City Park with messages of well wishes and in loving memory signs.
“We want to do this again this year and if those can be put up the Friday after Thanksgiving,” Yaw said. “Then take them down the first of January.”
The council agreed to those plans.
Also, Commissioner Cory Chaney stated that the Christmas tree will be on the bandstand again this year and he will be getting in touch with Eric Lewsader and others to help assemble the tree this year.
In another matter, Chrisman resident Michael Jordan was present to ask the council when the culvert by his property would be completed.
“First, it was short handed, then we hired somebody and it was short handed, then it got put to the wayside,” Jordan said. “Then it was the celebration, now it’s harvest. How many excuses are we going to get?”
Commissioner Thad Crispin stated that no one had ever come to him to see if this was alright.
“When you first came here, this was the first that I’d heard about it,” Crispin said. “No one ever told me, told anyone anything that they ok’d to do it. I can talk to my guys and see if we can get to it this week.”
Jordan planned to have the pipe extended. Right now, the pipe is 60 foot and goes the entire length of the property. The line is made up of two thirty foot pipes.
“I was going to have it extended because there’s no outage without going the full length of the property,” Jordan said.
The problem is the excess water from a rain shower that’s causing the backup to flood Jordan’s basement. “I’ve gotta do something about it,” Jordan said. “I’m showing signs of moisture in my basement. I’ve got to get it out of there.”
In other matters, Quotes have been received for the Epps Building and the Park Handrail projects.
Commissioner Crispin received an updated quote on the concrete flooring for the salt building: “It was $10,800 and we agreed to anything under eleven last meeting,” Crispin said. “He’s hoping three weeks. All we have to do is take out the concrete that’s already there and we should be good.”
Crispin stated that he had spoken to the salt company and currently, they do not have any drivers available to deliver the salt, due to being on other projects. Once truckers are available, the salt will be delivered.
Recently, the council received a phone call from ‘Fellowship Energy’. The elementary school wants to put their solar panels on the playground and on the building side. In order to do so, they need to cut through Madison to lay the wire.
Fellowship Energy was inquiring if they would need a permit to continue with this part of the project. They are wanting the project to be completed as soon as possible. Crispin said that he would call the company.
Mayor Owen brought up the water meter installation that was to take place a few weeks ago.
“I called a guy and they were supposed to be here the week of the twenty-fourth and they never showed up,” Chaney said. “I will make another phone call tomorrow.”
Owen said the new meters need to be installed before the weather turns colder. Chaney believes the guy doesn’t want to do it and was making excuses to get out of the work by saying the meters that were bought would not work.
Commissioner Bryan Haddix mentioned the switching of water meters down by Moore’s RV Park. Certain meters were taken out by Eric Lewsader and different meters put in. In the spring, they were switched out. “Why don’t we just put meters in there and show them as non active, so we don’t have to go down there and switch five or six meters,” Haddix said.
Mayor Owen agreed, stating that if the city has the extra meters that was fine and there was no reason to switch them out all the time.
“We’ll look and see what we’ve got,” Owen said.
Additionally, Haddix said that he had spoken to Matt Johnson from Fehr Graham about being concerned about the progress or lack there of on the lift station project.
“He told me that they don’t plan on doing anything until the first of the year,” Haddix said. “He says he doesn’t have the lock he needs to hold the pipe together when he puts it in.”
Johnson stated that the construction company wouldn’t be able to get all the parts that is necessary to finish the project. Haddix pulled up his contract date and the end date is in April for the project to be finished.
“I was thinking it was the first of the year, so they’re pushing it already.” Haddix said.
Haddix also had a party contact him about what it would take to get annexed in to the city limits. The party is currently looking to open a business and they would like to be annexed in to get a liquor license and be able to offer gambling machines.
Mayor Owen believed that a petition needs to be drawn up and retain so many signatures in order for the next steps to take place. Haddix stated that he believed that it would have to be put on the spring ballot, but the council will contact the lawyer to make sure of the correct way to proceed.
Commissioner Chaney extended a thank you to Jason Gore and Rodney Wolfe for working on the sewer behind the Chrisman Public Library. “I had a phone call from the cafe that the (library) bathrooms weren’t working,” said Chaney. “Whoever tried to fix it last time ran a pipe about eight feet outside of the building and left it to go into the old septic tank that wasn’t tied into anything.” A new line was put in its place.
Chaney also brought up that he noticed the gutter on the north west corner of the library building was not attached. The PVC pipe runs out to the alley, but it detached from the top. The cellar door, which is bricked off inside the building, the door is old lumber and poses a risk. “If someone steps on that thing, they’re going to do through it,” Chaney said.
Mayor Owen mentioned that he believed the city at one point had Eric Lewsader put rubber roofing over it. The piece was laying beside the door, serving no purpose. “The wind blew off the door and Eric went over and flipped it back over,” Haddix said. “But that’s been two years.”