Sweet Springs road work to start
The Sweet Springs Board of Aldermen has approved a contract with Vance Brothers of Kansas City to have resealing work done on several city streets.
At a cost of $18,375, many of the city's main thoroughfares will be recovered with the mixture of gravel, oil and tar later this summer.
"Just don't let him come (during) the (Sweet Springs Festival). Before or after would be a good time," cautioned Alderman James Lindemann.
During its regular meeting Monday, the board also heard from Sweet Springs Police Chief Melvin Taber, who said he expects the short-staffed department will have a new officer on board in late May.
"I think he graduates on the 19th," said Taber. "The last time I talked to him on the phone he was still very much interested."
For the month to date, Taber reported that the city had one minor accident, one emergency arrest, one arrest on a warrant and two arrests following charges in Sweet Springs. The police force was also called out for four burglaries and one hit-and-run incident involving a vehicle.
Sweet Springs Fire Chief Steve Pearson informed board members that the city's Rescue One fire truck has two broken motor mounts and is in need of repairs. He also requested an order be put in for 15 gallons of foam for chemical fires at a cost of $75 for each five-gallon pail. Both items were approved by the aldermen.
The city turned down a request from Pearson to pay for 20 hats at a cost of $14.99 per cap.
The Board of Aldermen also heard from the city's Pool Committee, appointing co-managers for the 2002 season and hiring nine lifeguards for the summer.
The board also approved a request to have Mid-America Pool Renovations Inc. cut and caulk a groove along the pool which would prevent further damage from shifting concrete.
The board also heard of the committee's plans to organize an adult swim time and approved the committee's request to cut the cost of booking the pool from $50 an hour to $37.50 an hour. The pool will be available for parties from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. throughout the summer.
During the meeting, Mayor Vivian Wiley also appointed several residents to the city's various committees, including Alderman Bill Hall to the Recreation Committee.
"We want to get something for children that are not interested in (base)ball," said Wiley. "Like basketball, volleyball, kite-flying, turtle races, anything."
Wiley also presented several nuisance ordinances from other communities to board members for consideration in order to create a nuisance ordinance to clean up the city of Sweet Springs.
"Please review the ordinances I placed in your packet from another city that has to do with buildings and trash etc.," said Wiley.
The board also heard from resident David Cox, who requested a ditch and new gravel along the access road to his home, which also houses his wife's beauty salon, in order to reduce flooding.
"When we built a home they told us they were going to build a street down there," said Cox. "The very minimal thing that should be done, if council would approve it, will be to ditch it."