More from recent City Council meeting
Augusta City Council discussed the completion of the construction on the Dalton Palmer Memorial Downtown Park.
City Manager Josh Shaw advised that the recent rains had caused a 10 day delay, but additional crews assisted in getting the work done.
The mulch has been installed, but the Council decided the long term goal would be to install a rubberized surface.
Shaw shared that the wood fiber requires a small drainage system and timbers have been purchased, but in keeping with the long term goal of a softer surface, he asked if Council wished to proceed with the installation of the timbers or proceed with a concrete wall/curbing under fencing that will be needed for the soft surface.
Council consensus was to install the concrete
The park will be open to use this weekend during Augusta’s big 150th Birthday Party, and the official ribbon cutting will be held on Friday, Oct. 5.
Amending Pride & Progress Sales Tax Initiative Resolution
After reorganization of several city departments and discussion with Council concerning creation of new industrial space with the city limits, the idea of a single, combined public works facility no longer aligns with the city’s current needs.
Shaw explained that the new concept includes remodels of existing facilities, such as converting the electric storage building to a mechanic shop and the water distribution building, and remodeling office areas/exterior to serve the Street Division. Staff also recommends the construction of storage buildings at both locations for equipment to be stored out of the weather. The Waste Department’s new facility would share the electric complex. With the conceptual changes that have already occurred regarding the public works facility, City Bond Counsel Kevin Cowan was asked to verify that the proposed improvements are eligible for bond proceeds under the original project authorization.
Cowan indicated that the projects would be eligible but the City should amend the original project description.
Shaw advised council members that by amending the Pride & Progress and authorizing the ordinance accordingly, the City can utilize and project savings from the public works building improvements to make security upgrades at the facilities as part of the bond-financed construction project.
Council approved Ordinance No. 2139 amending Resolution No. 2016-28 relating to certain public building improvements.
In other business
Major rehabilitation on the sanitary sewer infrastructure has been going on in the western portion of town, with the goal of providing needed maintenance and improving the efficiency and reliability of the sewer infrastructure.
City staff coordinated with several property owners to secure easements in the area of West Sunflower Ave. and North Meadowlake Dr. The easements are required to complete the remaining pieces of the Basin A Rehabilitation Project, by constructing new sewer mains and manholes. Ownership of the properties were:
206 W. Sunflower, Dale H. Redding Living Trust
212 W. Sunflower, Kevin and Tanya Austin
1909 N. Meadowlake, Harold and Karen White
1913 N. Meadowlake, Ron and Sabrina Nibbelink Family Revocable Trust.
Council approved the easements.
The next regular Augusta City Council meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 1, at City Hall.