10/29/2013 11:13:00 AM West Concord City Council
Police Chief search to start over
after two candidates fell through
By Nan Babcock
Road construction issues continued to be at the top of the list at the West Concord City Council's Oct. 24 meeting.
City Engineer Joe Palen reported he is still waiting for title reports from the county to be completed for next year's West Main reconstruction project. As soon as he receives those reports, he will proceed with mapping the project.
Council members approved resolutions approving the property assessments for the County 24 resurfacing project that is nearing completion for this year. Owners of the affected properties will have ten years to pay off the assessments.
Two other property tax resolutions were also approved. One allows changes to the property tax roll so the city can collect unpaid expenses for services such as mowing, water and sewer charges, and fire calls. The other resolution established policies for the deferment of special assessments.
A school zone will be established at West Concord Charter School. Council member Greg Klevos proposed making the intersection of South Street and Hyland Street, which is a tee, a three-way stop, which should effectively slow traffic down near the school. The proposal was approved pending approval from the police chief.
City staff will plow snow at the charter school, and Maintenance Supervisor Keith Clammer said the fire department and Main Street are always first priority, and the charter school will be done next.
The Council approved hiring Wayne McCarty to assist with snow removal. Other snow removal staff are Dennis Engelhart and Dan Lulf.
Mayor Jeff McCool reported that the police chief search committee had narrowed their field to two candidates. One candidate was eliminated by information found in a background check and the other candidate accepted a job elsewhere, so the committee is starting over with a new search.
Fire Chief Bob Klapperich reported the new fire truck is in use, and in fact, he had it parked outside the door so council members could view it after the meeting. Bob recommended advertising the old fire truck on craigslist for less than $4000, since there seem to be many available in the $4000 range, and they are not selling at that price.
Bob shared statistics for ambulance calls for 2013, by address: Claremont-2, Dodge Center-20, Kasson-14, Mantorville-6, Pine Island-6, West Concord-71, other-12. He said there were a total of 132 calls, with 43 of them being mutual aid to other services. They have had 17 fire calls, with 6 being mutual aid.
The next regular City Council meeting will be Nov. 21.