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No public works director just yet

by Dolores Hamilton
After meeting in closed session for two hours and 40 minutes to interview the finalists, the city council took no action to fill the position of Director of Public Works.

When the council returned to open session, Mayor Joe Ward announced that no action would be taken and they would meet to revisit the matter at 6:30 p.m. on April 16.

In other business, the low bid, with an interest rate of 2.91 percent, by J.P. Morgan Chase Bank was accepted for the lease/purchase financing for a patrol cruiser and dump truck. The city manager was authorized to execute an agreement with the banking firm.

A resolution was adopted authorizing the use of paper ballots for the city’s general election on May 12.

Due to problems in resolving redistricting issues, the state required that the March 6 party primaries be moved to May 22. The Wichita County Clerk’s office has indicated the county doesn’t have the manpower and equipment necessary to conduct city and school general elections and the state’s primary election just 10 days apart.

First United Methodist Church was given permission to close the 100 and 200 blocks of East Bank St. and a portion of the 400 block of North Park on Saturday, June 9, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. for a church-sponsored music festival and the use of the city’s porta-toilets and barricades for the event.

Several members of Cub Scout Pack 7 and their leaders were at the meeting to request permission to do an Earth Day project.

Lori Honeycutt, committee chair for Pack 7, told the council that they would like to plant two trees, donated by Shade Tree Nursery, at George Hammond Park on April 21 in observance of Earth/Arbor Day. She said they would also like to adopt the park as a conservation project, and would clean it up and refurbish equipment such as the picnic tables.

She was told that planting the trees would not be a problem, and the city would dig the holes and supply mulch.The request to adopt the park was not on the agenda and the council could not take action, but it will be on the agenda for the April 23 meeting.