A resolution to renew the annual Senior Center rental agreement with the Area Agency on Aging was approved by the Board of Aldermen Tuesday afternoon. The 2017-18 agreement included increasing the lease amount from $255 to $500 per month. The contract was extended until June 30, 2018. However, prior to approval, Mayor David Norman advised utilities cost the city about $800 per month.
Councilmen voting in favor of the lease renewal and rent change were Noel Dye, Burrely Loftin and Keith Jones. Stan Lovan was absent.
Administrative Director Peggy Porter advised cash fund balances are gradually recouping after multiple outlays during the month of June. She noted expenditures last month included a large payment on the current city hall building, along with disbursements on several other pro-jects. Porter said cash fund balances are around $1.7 million.
Mayor Norman reported a street repair was recently completed in Ava View Heights where drainage pipes, and water from a nearby pond, were deteriorating the road. The mayor said the area was cleaned out, and the pipes replaced. He noted a similar problem on the northeast side of town, and the street department will repair the problem by lessening the severe dip in the road.
Reporting on the airport runway project, the Mayor advised the ‘old’ asphalt surface has been completely removed and set aside, and the crew is going to start putting down a new surface next week. Norman said engineers have determined the pre-existing base is sound, and this will shave about $11,000-$12,000 off the city’s cost. However, it was recom-mended to add a turn-around apron on the south end of the runway, for an added cost of $3500, with the city responsible for 10% or $350. Norman agreed that should be done.
Mayor Norman also updated on the following projects:
- The new playground equipment is ready, however, the company has not notified the city of an installation date. Norman said the city has installed a drain underneath the swings, and filled in the area with additional dirt and rock.
- Verizon, who had previously contacted the city about installing equipment on the ‘old’ water tower, has provided the city with a copy of their findings on the tower. Norman said he has asked an engineering firm to review the document.
- A water leak at the saddle club grounds west of Ava was patched and repaired a few weeks ago. Norman said a water meter has been installed at the site.
- The brush crew is working on cleaning a power line area on the west side of Sundown Ridge. Bushes and trees running underneath the line had overgrown and were posing a threat to the area.
- A local business recently con-tacted the city and made request for a handicap entry sidewalk in front of their business. Norman said the area has been reviewed and an estimate is forthcoming.
A closed session meeting was not convened.
The next council meeting is slated for Tuesday, August 8, 5:00 p.m. at City Hall. Meetings are open to the public.
Meeting video may be viewed on the Douglas County Herald website.