Wyoming council seats four members

By John A. Ballentine

WYOMING – The Wyoming city council has a new member and three returning members. City attorney Michael Evans swore the four members into office Monday at the start of the monthly council meeting.

Replacing David Rumbold on the council is newly elected for a two-year term Ginger Carlisle, who served on the board previously. She represents Ward One, as does Kathy Hardy, who was re-elected to a four-year term. Ward Three councilman Steve Hansard and Ward Two councilman David Lindahl were each re-elected for another four-year term.

Evans presented to the board possible legal action against the former Chicago Bridge & Iron Company, which 10 years ago installed the city’s water tower. The company has since gone out of business, but a successor company, McDermott International, could be sued for insufficient work on the tower.

According to Evans, the water tower metal was not properly prepared for painting and paint is not adhering to the surface. After a lengthy discussion, the council voted 4-2 to not begin legal proceedings due to the possible cost. Voting “yes” were councilpersons Dan Hardman and Kathy Hardy, while “no” votes were voiced by David Lindahl, Steve Hansard, Ginger Carlisle and Ryan Breese.

Economic director Denny Rewerts presented bid quotes from four engineering firms to write a proposal for the TIF 1 and 2 districts to remove 29 parcels from the Redevelopment Project in TIF 1 and to establish a TIF 2 district. The board approved hiring Chamlin & Associates, Inc. for $15,180 to identify areas, etc., for TIF 2.

Water and Sewer manager Greg McCauley reported he has had difficulty securing a quote on membrane filters for the Reverse-Osmosis plant. He said a company representative does not return his calls.

City superintendent Joe Kinsella told the council the purchase of a hydro-jet truck, used to jet water through sewer lines, would cost $60,000 originally, but now the price has dropped to $50,000 for a 2000-year model truck. The council tabled action on a purchase to discuss the matter further.

Police Chief Mark James reported that the police department handled 30 calls, had 13 traffic stops, made eight assists and investigated three city ordinance violations. James said the department received an Automated External Defibrillator with the aid of Jason Musselman.

The council scheduled a TIF committee meeting for Tuesday, April 16 at 6 p.m. to discuss redevelopment applications submitted.

After an executive session, filling the city clerk position was discussed. So far, seven applications and resumes have been received. The council will interview candidates to make a decision on a replacement for current City Clerk Judy St. John, who is retiring June 28 after serving in that position the past 28 years.

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