Mayor’s Report 8.10.21

Claire Vaughan will premiere our new website at the August 24th city council meeting. She would have been ready tonight, but I threw another level of complexity at her when I decided to combine the city and chamber home pages into one site.

The IMEA will meet with the Gas Committee on Monday, August 30th at 10:00 AM. The topic will be whether the city is interested in fixing (or hedging) a price on our natural gas volume. The city historically has not hedged. The legislative committee has announced it will meet on Wednesday night at 6.

The air conditioning unit at our police department literally exploded this week. While the 9-1-1 dispatching area is on a separate unit, the suggested solution could exceed $15,000.

I am exploring grant opportunities for an idea forwarded by Alderman Reever to build a limited number of camper slots on city property in Southwest Park. Each spot would have electric and water hook-ups for visitors to the city.

The airport sold 35,349 gallons of jet fuel since July 1st for a net profit of $12,372.

The fire department responded to fires in three structures in July. There was also a vehicle fire and one prompted by cooking. Chief reports 31 EMS assists and coverage for the fireworks and county fair events like the demo derby and motocross. The police department made five felony arrests and issued 10 warrants. There were 11 motor vehicle crashes and the department made 76 traffic stops with 17 citations written. The department also alerted technicians to repair storm sirens at FCC and on Mill Street. Both are now back in service.

We have 8 applicants for the new Coordinator of Economic Development position which will be a city employee with Chamber of Commerce responsibilities. Tyler and two member of the chamber’s executive board will help me interview.

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