Sweet Springs aldermen approve street closures, talk pool and field maintenance

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Miller Street will be closed from Main Street to Marshall Street during Octoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 6, after the Sweet Springs Board of Aldermen approved Robert Ekstrand’s request to close the street during a meeting on Monday, May 14.

Also requested at Monday’s meeting was the closure of Main Street from Locust Street – right before the Lutheran Church – for activities during the First Baptist Church’s Third Annual Block Party. The party is scheduled for Friday, May 18, from 3-9 p.m., according to meeting minutes.

Pastor Kris Raven told board members they are planning on the party being a family event. Board members accepted Raven’s request.

According to the minutes, Kyle McCawley – with Larkin Aquatics – was in attendance Monday evening, where he discussed the renovation of the city pool. McCawley presented board members with the first draft of blueprints, and stated there would be more changes that would have to be made.

Lisa Hall was also present at the meeting, representing the Sweet Springs Recreation Board. She stated the recreation board had only received one bid to drag and mark the ball fields for the summer. The bid was from Seth Eckhoff for $400 for the entire ball season, per each job – dragging and marking – making the total $800. The bid was approved by the council.

Public Works Superintendent Nate Lea was not present Monday evening, due to a water break. City clerk Michelle Fuehring filled in to give his report, stating that Lea would like permission to put the street repairs out for bid as discussed in the budget. A motion was made by Alderman Boyd Jones to put the streets out for bid. The board approved the request.

According to meeting minutes, Sweet Springs Mayor Frany Vaught presented a flyer to the council, which pertained to the tall grass ordinance. He stated that he would like it to go out to all residents as a reminder that the city has a tall grass ordinance. After discussion, board members voted to send the flyer out to all residents.

Vaught informed the board that he had met with Saline County Emergency Management Director Tony Day. He stated that the city would be getting an additional outdoor storm siren in the near future. He said that the city would have to figure out where to place it and that the city would have some expense with it.

According to meeting minutes, Vaught asked the council to appoint Betty Sims, Robert Cook, Bob Bernard and Bill Treece to the cemetery board for a three-year term; Steve Pearson to the planning and zoning board for a three-year term; Everett Peeples for a three-year term to the park board; and Mike Hall and Michelle Fuehring for a four-year term to the recreation board. The council unanimously approved the appointments.

Vaught mentioned to the council that he had given a list of things that need to be done around the town to the public works department a couple of weeks ago. He stated that everything has been done and looked great.

No other business was conducted during the regular meeting.

The board reconvened in closed session Monday evening, where council members voted unanimously to take Beau Dillon off probation and give him a $0.50 raise once the city receives all of his official paperwork.

Mayor Frany Vaught and board members Wyatt Lea, Larry Looney and Boyd Jones were present at Monday’s meeting. The Sweet Springs Board of Aldermen will meet again Monday, June 11.

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