Burlington Jct. City Council members heard from Jon Shellhorn, Lamp Rynearson, Kansas City, who provided an update on the lagoon project at the May 10 meeting.
Shellhorn presented three chlorine treatment options for the lagoon. The first option was basic tablet chlorination which would cost less than $5,000, but maintenance would need to be done daily. The second option was a liquid chlorine supply which would cost $100,000. This option has a panel that drops chlorine and would require a fiberglass building. The third option is Advanced Tablet Chlorination which would cost $130,000. This option would automatically disburse chlorine tablets and require a fiberglass building. No action has been taken.
Council also heard from several other visitors.
John Campbell of the Hoof n Horn Saddle Club discussed the electric bill. Kelli Hagey of the Kiwanis Club agreed to pay half the lighting bill and said they would do it every year. Campbell said the Saddle Club is going to make sure everything is unplugged when not in use, and they are trying to find a better heating and cooling system that could help lower the bill. The city will continue to mow the lawn.
Hagey, along with Ryan Fast and Scott Linville of the Kiwanis Club, discussed the proposed tractor-trailer ordinance. They wanted to make sure they could still use the streets they were on for tractor traction. The council said they could and asked them to try using South Clarinda Street. They also said they were installing new lighting in the arena area.
In other matters, the board approved the following: the April minutes; to move from Citizen’s Bank and Trust to Nodaway Valley Bank and remove former mayor Dean Kelly and Matt Rohlmeier from bank accounts and add new mayor Christopher Cronk and Darby Grace; a bid from Byron Clark Construction to clean up the Sherry Bright property for $4,800.
City Clerk Melissa Cook presented the financial report, noting that the savings bond had not been filled for the month and the town was down due to a bond payment. Also, there was a problem with the new water billing system. She said the software company was working on it and she would try again in two months.
Technician Skyeler Rohlmeier gave the foreman’s report. He said the water plant was working well and the water and lagoon samples were good. The annual water report was published on the city’s website and Facebook page, as well as at the town hall, the Kiss My Grits Kafe and the post office.
City foreman Scott Conn said the price of mid-American street builders for streets has gone up since last year’s quote. He also said they would start flushing the hydrants next week. He sought approval to purchase a Cold Shot pipe freezing kit to use while working on water pipes for $832. The council approved.
Cook said the city attorney responded about the tractor-trailer parking ordinance. The changes have been discussed and they have been tabled until next month.
Council approved going into closed session for staff purposes. They returned to open session and approved the hiring of Michael Cook and Kayden Conn for summer help.