Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Grant City Council Begins New Term

Three elected officers for the City of Grant City, Mayor Debbie Roach, Councilwoman Cathy James, and Councilman Michael Chapman were sworn in at the regular Grant City Council meeting Wednesday. They were reelected unopposed in the recent municipal election.

Lifeguards along with Pool Manager Gina McNeese came to discuss rules and expectations for the upcoming pool season. Tentative opening day for the pool, weather permitting, will be Memorial Day Weekend from May 27th to 29th. The goal this year is to have the concession stand open whenever the pool is open. McNeese said that she was thankful for the lifeguard staff and that three pools in the area still didn’t have lifeguards for this year. Numbers, pool passes, and swimming lesson participants were all up from last year. There were many positive comments on the baby pool. Rules were hashed out at the meeting, and the city will publish the rules shortly.

Student Council Representative Dora Martz invited members to the Prom. She reported that students from the school did service projects in Grant City and the other towns, and that they had pulled weeds, picked up trash, and did other manual labor projects. She is a senior this year and will be attending Graceland, meaning a new representative will be picked next year.

The council gave permission for the Worth County Fire Auxiliary to hold a fun day at the Pool Park on July 29th and agreed to have a free swim that day. There will be a 1 mile and 5K run, an ice cream social, BBQ, and a sand volleyball tournament.

The city will meet with Snyder to discuss the Preliminary Engineering Report for the city’s wastewater project before submitting it to USDA for state approval. A special meeting will be held on a date to be determined. The council must select one of the options that was presented by Snyder.

Public Works Director Carl Staton reported that city crews were doing potholes, mowing, brush cutting, and helping with the sewer. The council gave permission for the area 4-H to plant a Liberty Tree on the section of the Nature Trail near the ball diamond. The 4-H got a grant for the project. The council voted to replace a tube at the lagoon that was collapsing at a cost of up to $5,800; it is a 5x60 tube.

Water Superintendent Caleb Moyer reported that the old firehouse needed tuckpointing, especially the north wall.

The city discussed sewer ordinances. If sewer services are available to a customer, that customer must hook on to the city sewer service. This is not just a city rule, but a DNR rule as well.

The city reported two of the dog owners sent letters of violation last month came into compliance. One moved a problem dog out of town, while another got rid of all but three of their dogs. People living in city limits are allowed to have up to three adult dogs.

Citywide spring cleanup was set for June 3rd this year. Household waste must be separated from metal and appliances; large items must be placed in boxes or other containers and left by the curb by 7 am. No wood, yard waste, shingles, tires, paint, used motor oil, batteries, or other hazardous materials are allowed. No remodeling debris will be picked up.

Citywide brush cleanup will be from June 1st through 2nd at noon this year. Brush must be in four foot lengths, bundled, and stacked parallel to the road by 7 am on the first. To schedule a brush pickup, call 564-3369. The brush site will be open May 29th to June 3rd for free.

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