awarded signage grant
Cottonwood City Councilman Jack Duman reported the city has been awarded a $30,000 signage grant at the April meeting Monday, April 13.
The grant would pay for signs to mark the crosswalks on Front St. at Lewiston St., on King St. at Church St. and on Foster St. at East St. It would also pay for solar powered school zone signs at the Middle and Elementary Schools that would allow the city to amend the speed zones there so that the lower speed limits would only be in effect when the signs are flashing. The grant would also pay for a radar speed detector at the Elementary School.
Duman also reported he has applied for a grant to redo Lewiston St. from North St. to Camas Drive in similar fashion to the way the Brewery Hill portion of the street was done. He will find out in late April if that grant application was successful.
He also reported on a sidewalk issue in front of Camas Prairie Insurance. Part of the walkway is storm drain, which is okay, but the sidewalk portion has settled creating an uneven surface. He has proposed a fix that would cost about $2600 with $1500 of that picked up by the property owner. The cityís expense would be removing the old sidewalk with the property owner paying for the new concrete.
In the fire department report, Ron Grant reported that they have had two long-time firemen retire recently, Bill Schumacher and Denis Duman. Schumacher served for 21 years and Duman for 25.
As a consequence they are looking for some new recruits.
In the water report Jay Hinterlong reported they pumped nearly 2.8 million gallons in March. This is within 10,500 gallons of last year. No new leaks have been reported.
In the sewer report Grant said that city maintenance supervisor Roy Uhlenkott has been looking into equipment that would allow the city to do their own sewer line inspections. Grant reported they have paid out roughly $25,000 in the last 3 years to have professional companies come in and do it and that Uhlenkott has his eye on a camera and accessories that would cost about $15,000. Approval was given to purchase the accessory equipment at about $3400 and get quotes for the camera. The accessory equipment includes an electronic locator with which they can locate the sewer line from above ground so would very useful even without the camera.
A solid waste rate resolution was read and adopted which would raise residential sanitation rates to $18.73 per 95 gallon cart. This would become effective as of April 15.
Mayor Denis Duman reported he attended the county solid waste committee meeting and said things are moving ahead on a regional landfill which would serve Idaho, Lewis, Nez Perce and Clearwater Counties and possibly Latah County.
A date has been set for the city budget hearing. It will be Monday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m. in the council chambers.
The council approved advertising for summer help to help with mowing and other duties.
The council also approved having the mayor sign a letter drafted by Ron Grant regarding concerns about the Nez Perce Forestís proposed vehicle restrictions on motorized vehicles. Currently the Forest is accessible to motorized vehicles except in certain areas. The proposal is to flip that 180 degrees and completely closing the Forest to motorized vehicles except in only certain areas.
The council adjourned at 8:37 p.m. The next regular meeting is set for Monday, May 11 at 7 p.m.