Commissioner Brent Fogleman reported that negotiations with the Fraternal Order of Police was “going smoothly.”
In new business, Commissioner Smart reported that gutters on the Scout Cabin in Forest Park and a ruptured water pipe have been repaired.
He also reported that goose problem at the lagoon is growing and that other efforts to control it have been unsuccessful. The foliage around the lagoon will be allowed to grow which will discourage the geese.
Smart also suggested that the lagoon island be blocked off to the public because of the geese problem. He also commented on the condition of the water in the lagoon and was having the water checked.
“We are trying to get things cleaned up,” Smart said.
Smart also told the council that he is looking to sell the Santa house that used to be in the downtown mini-park. If it cannot be sold, it will be destroyed. Commission Bill Shoaff said he remembered the house was built in 1963 by the high school shop class.
Commissioner Shoaff said that a new tornado siren could be purchased to attach to the 60-foot pole on the west water tower. The siren would be a rotating siren that could be heard in a 6000 foot radius. Cost for the siren is $18,857.
“It’s the best warning system for the money,” Shoaff said. He suggested the money be taken from the water department account.
Commissioner Thom Schafer presented a request from the First Presbyterian Church for two designated handicap spots on Chestnut Street.
“This would help them come closer to ADA compliance,” Schafer said.