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Council informs residents about blue flags

February 12, 2020
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

At the Feb. 5 City Council meeting, it was brought up that several residents were questioning what all the blue flags are in yards and along the streets. City Manager Wade Calhoun explained what it was all about.

"Our Public Works Superintendent John Rapp secured a grant to fund the GSI mapping of our [infrastructure]," Calhoun said.

He said the mapping would include all water, sewer, and storm sewer lines including all shut-off valves. Each shut-off will be located by a satellite locator so there is no guess work if a Public Works employee needed to locate it.

The coordinates would be placed on the system and a Public Works employee could use an iPad to get an exact location.

To prepare for the mapping, Public Works crews have been manually finding the lines and shut-offs, and marking them with the blue and white flags.

Calhoun said the project is expected to be completed by spring or early summer.

In other business:

Mayor Richard Duffett gave the Mayor's Court report for January, which revealed a gross collection of $6,974.07 and a net collection to the city of $5,539.07.

Council had a public hearing on raising the fees for a zoning adjustment or conditional use permit, then approved an ordinance that set the new fee at $300. Calhoun explained the old fee of $100 did not cover the cost of mailings and placing public notices.

Council approved the use of online auctions to dispose of surplus , obsolete or unwanted equipment and property.

Council held a first reading on an ordinance to regulate real estate signs in the city. A public hearing was set for March 18 at 5:20 p.m. on the ordinance.

Approval was given to enter into a contract with M.S. Consultants for general engineering services in 2020.



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