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Protection Gets No Applications for Pool Manager licants Could Mean No mmlng Tuesday evening of last week, the Protection City Coun- cil meeting was a couple play- ers short of a full team, but enough were present to conduct business. In the absence of Mayor Mike Brosius, Council President of the Council Ronnie Sawyers chaired the meeting. With Councilman Marvin Odell, Sr also away from his post due to medical reasons, that ieR Councilmen Dan. Toneges, Craig Divoll, and Rustin Martin to sit as the voting members of the council. Another absence came to the council's attention during the meeting -- the absence of any- one interested in running the city swimming pool for the summer. After several weeks of adver- tising for lifeguard and pool manager positions, only one ap- plication has been submitted. Dr. Richard Roenfeldt ,Optometrist- Md;.Clli/d Eye Care #lasses Fittsd Confaetlense# Ishlaud Offiee Will Be Open 2ud & 4t5 Tuesdays 10:00 A.M. City Clerk Duane Brum- baugh reported to the council that to date, the only application to come in had been for one of the lifeguard positions. No ap- plication has been submitted for the pool manager's position. Each summer the city hires a pool manfiger and several life- guards. After some discussion, the council instructed the clerk to put an ad in the local newspaper explaining that if no one is in- terested in the job, the pool will be closed forthe summer. In other business, the coun- cil: --Approved payment of monthly bills in the amount of $41,069.95. --Met with Billie Holler to discuss the letter she had re- ceived from the city in regards to removing the chickens from her property on East Walnut. She said she felt the city could have handled the situation differently in dealing with animals within the city. Councilmen explained to her the city ordinance dealing with animals, and what had brought it about. --Met with Nelda Jellison who expressed her concerns about dogs running at large within the city. She said some of the dogs running at large have been seen chasing children and attacking other dogs. Council members told her that the cur- & ,Super Savings -- Super Deals *Laundromat Now Open! Our New Laundromat has now been completed and will be open the same hours as the cafe. *WEEKLYDRA WINGS FOR A FREE MEAL! April would like to congratulate our newest winners: Glennda Butt of Coldwater for breakfast, Bill Proctor of Coldwater for lunch, and Alex Bruckner of Coldwater for supper. *MEAL TICKETS! The Meal Ticket is a pre-pay program which entitles the participant to a 20% discount off menu prices. Minimum purchase of $50.00. Ask your server for details. We look forward to serving you/ 502 N. Central 620-582-2033 Coldwater rent procedure to handle such a problem is for a citizen to file a complaint about the dog causing the problem with the city mar- shal, andthen the compliant will be acted upon. --Heard Pat Gean report that the horse manure problem dis- cussed earlier bythe council had been remedied with the city em- ployees' assistance. --Met with Patty Gean who reported the Beautification Committee will be taking care of the mowing of the parking (grass strip between street and side- walk) for the summer. --Voted to donate $600 to the Beautification Committee for mowing the parkings on Broad- way and side streets this summer, in addition to $150 for flower planting. --Met with Protection Val- ley Manor BoardMembers Orlin Loucks and Merle Wait who asked for the city's endorsement of the Community Service Tax Credit for an expansion project in the dinning room and kitchen area of the nursing home. After discussion, the council approved the request. --Denied a request that the city make a donation to the Spe- cial Olympics. --Heard the city's March fi- nancial reports from City Trea- surer Cathy Smith. --Heard city employees Don Krueger and Ronnie Beer report that they found broken water pipes in the city swimming pool's filtration system, as well as a frozen four-inch valve which needs repair. Council members approved having the repairs taken care of. ---Heard the city employees report that the paint has arrived for painting the bottom of the pool, and indicated to the two that the pool should be given high priority in scheduling their work. --Approved the city employ- ees' request for the purchase of a new injection pump for one of the city water wells at a cost of Darren Konrade report on law enforcement activities for the ----. month of March. IJl:II $tern ~tar --Heard City Clerk Bruin- [~ Thursday 6 baugh report that no municipal ~. April 20, 2006 P ~ court cases had been heard dur -- ing March. --Received a report from the for a new 40' x 60' building to city clerk on the municipal court replace the old community build- clerks' meeting he recently at- ing which was destroyed by a tended in Salina. wind storm last year. After some --Heard the clerk report that discussion the council agreed he will hold off on the sales tax that a pole shed type structure question until aRer the state leg- with a concrete floor with a two- islature adjourns to see what foot skirt around the building changes it brings about in sales would best fit the city's needs. tax legislation. Councilman Divoll will tom- -Have City Clerk Brum- plete drawings and specifica- baugh report that he had not yet tions for the building to present received additional bids on table to the rest of the council at its carts for the Legion Hall. May 9 meeting. Cost of the pro- --Heard th~ clerk report that posed building is now estimated he has contacted consulting en- at between $9,000 and $19,000. gineer Jim Kohman with Evans, --Tabled action on the mat- Bierly and Hutchison on the sta- ter after reviewing bids for a new tus oftbe sewer lagoon project, overhead door to replace the and found out that Kohman plans sliding doors on the south side to start on the project in May. of the city shop. --Resolved amisunderstand- --Voted to approve a bid ing about the amount to be paid from Wildcat Electric, Inc. of city employees for running the Minneola, for $1,558.21 to re- city water wells on weekends. In place the old starter and fuses question was whether the em- witla a new pump panel for the pioyee handling the chore for a lift station at Protection Valley weekend was to be paid one or Manor, with that cost to be spent two hours per day for checking from the sewer fund. the wells. After some debate the ---Discussed the fact that the council voted to pay two hours recently purchased confined- for Saturday and two hours for spaces tripod system for the city Sunday for that job. employees' use came without a -- Were informed that prop- winch. After it had been ordered erty owner Alfred Zimmerman and already arrived, it was dis- had requested that Building In- - covered that tripod approved by spector Craig Divoll inspect the the council did not include the roof jacks which he has placed winch system-- a necessary part to support the roof on Zimm- of the confined-space equip- erman's commercial building on ment. The winch system, they Broadway. found out, would cost the city an- --Voted to approve $34,328 other $2,000. Councilmen in- for street sealing andpatching to structed Police Chief Darren be done by Hi-Plains Sand, Inc. Kourade to contact USA Blue of Kanopolis this summer. Bookto see ifthe current tripod Work done will include the seal- could be replaced with a less ex- ing of Walnut from Lincoln to 'pensive system or get some,price Main, Olive from Garfield to concessions for the winch with Hays, and Jefferson from Olive they thought they had already to U.S. 160, in addition to seal- purchased with current tripod. ing and patching Garfield from --Met in a 15-minute execu- Pine to Main, and Olive from tive session to discuss personnel $346 from USA Blue Book. ---Told the city employees that after the pool prep-work for the season is completed, the next priority project for them is to pull up the shoulders on the "Y" at the south edge of town. --Heard Chief of Police Announces " Garfield to Hays. Streets to be matters, and aRer return!ng to patched only include Broadway at the Ash Street intersection and at Ash and Jefferson where four patches are needed on Jefferson: --Reviewed a proposal by Councilman Craig Divoll who reported on some tentative cost open session, voted to give Chief of Police Konrade a raise in sal- ary from $25,000 to $25,960 per year, effective May 1. --Noted that the marshal's six-month probation will end May 1. CRP Sign-Up Extensions Sherri L. Wilder, executive director for USDA's Farm Ser- vice Agency in Comanche County has announced the ex- tension ofthesign-up deadlines for both the Conservation Re, serve Prograin (CRP) general sign-up and the special CRP re- enrollment and extension oppor- tunities until next Thursday, April 28. "All eligible farmers and Pulff~ D~a tR F//gkt lnternet Service , 582-2217 in Coldwater ranchers are encouraged to take pates to respond is June 30 of advantage of the CRP enroll- this year. ment options available now CRP is a vohmtary program through April 28," Wilder said. that helps agricultural producers After the CRP General Sign- safeguard environmentally sen- UP 33 ends next Thursday, FSA sitive land. Producers enrolled will evaluate offers based on cost in CR~ plant long-term, re- and the Environmental Benefits source-conserving covers to Index (EBI) factors for wildlife, control soil erosion, enhance water, soil, air and enduring ben- wildlife habitat and improve efits. Accepted offers will be- water and air quality. In return, come effective Oct. 1. the Farm Service Agency pro- Subject to a compliance re- vides participants with rental view, CRP participants with con- payments and cost-share assis- tracts expiring in 2007 now have tance. Contract duration is be- until next Thursday to apply for tween is between 10 and 15 special re-enrollment or exten- years. sion opportunities. Detailed information CRP is FSA is also notifying CRPavailable at the Comanche participants with contracts expir- County Farm Service Agency ing in 2008-2010 of their re-en- office and on the agency's Web rollment and extension opportu- site at http:llwww.fsa.nsda.govl nities. The deadline for partici- dofp/cepd/crpinfo.htm.