4/13 /21 City Council review

Well there was the usual consent agenda items like : community Recycling grant received for hazardous waste , Planning Commission reappointment, minutes approval and claims check approval.

Then we went to Continued Business . That included adding Ordinance #1021 regarding abuse off the 911 Emergency Call System. The Chief of Police requested this. Apparently they have had a problem with someone calling repeatedly over the SAME issue that has already been addressed. It became a form of harassment and tied up lines for legitimate calls. The city had no laws against this. Thus a law and fine are now in place. Whoever was doing this is either mentally imbalanced or if it were another jurisdiction perhaps it would be an act of political harassment. In N.P. I suspect the former. Either way the motion quickly passed.

Ordinance #1022 regarding clarifying regulations for Peddlers had a second reading and moved along.

Ordinance # 1024 Stormwater Coordinator position was added within the Public Works Dept. and had its second reading…The purpose of this was to give the person responsible for the stormwater work a bump in their pay and they have earned it . Stormwater issues or a surprisingly expensive and common and repetitive issue for cities and that includes Normandy’s Park .Next!

Ordinance # 1023 Title 10 Right of away Maintenace Code appeared at first to be routine…but then as sometimes happens -‘Things get sticky. The public works department head explained what it was about and then it became clear that the public did not all agree on the details or Who should be responsible for what sort of maintenance regarding sidewalks. The end result of a rather long and frankly confusing conversation was that the department head will give us a further explanation, clarification, and presentation about this issue next city council meeting. I’m not sure what to make of all this ordinance number 1023 so, I will withhold further comment until after the presentation.

New Business:

There was an Autism Awareness proclamation by the mayor that was passed. There were also selections made to serve on the city manager interview panel. There was an update on the school year preschool fees and what that group of citizens is doing at this time . This will be ongoing. There also was a proposed parking code revision ordinance number # 1026 that the police department wanted and that was passed as well.

So all in all it was a very short and businesslike meeting and the real issue is we will be focused on hiring a new city manager. We adjourned and that was all there was for this city Council meeting just the usual boring but necessary items that need to be taken care of.

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