Water plant runs smoothly after recent maintenance

Commissioner compliments hospital emergency staff

Gordon Woods

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CLINTON — The water plant is operating at 100 percent after some recent maintenance work, reported commissioner John Wise.  His report came during Monday’s city council meeting.

“Knock on wood, everything seems to be running like it should,” Wise said.  “Everything is running smoothly and I hope it continues that way.”

The council previously approved about $4,700 to Hach Company for a chemical testing machine for the water department.  Also in May, the council approved $5,250 to Difco, Inc. to clean the west side water tower.

The water tower work is expected to take just one day to complete and is scheduled to take place today, Friday (6/7), weather permitting, city administrator Tim Followell reported.

“It’s a one-day operation, so they should be in and out,” Followell said.

On a personal note, Wise complimented Warner Hospiatal staff after he was treated there recently for a hand injury.

“I decided to take and mash my fingers and get 13 stitches,” Wise said.  “From top to bottom, it was first class; everybody treated me with the greatest respect.”

Wise cited the professionalism of the emergency room staff.

In city finances, commissioner Tom Edmunds reported sale tax revenue was down about $7,500 from the same time last year.

“That’s both types of sale tax,’ Edmunds said.

With the state budget just passed one week ago, Edmunds said it was too early to know how changes would affect the city.

“So, we’ll let that shake out and talk about it next meeting,” he said.

The budget includes substantial increases in gasoline and cigarette taxes as well as legalized recreational marijuana provisions.  The bill also allows expansion of legal gambling, including sports betting, which is intended to fund the $45 billion capital improvement plan.

Additional business

The council approved a $6,000 donation to help fund the annual July 4 fireworks display.  The council also approved $99,424 to Iliana Construction Co. for the summer street maintenance program, and $64,500 to Sievers Equipment Co for purchase of a backhoe for the cemetery department.

The council also approved a resolution of cooperation with the DeWitt County Multijurisdictional All Hazards Mitigation Plan.

Placed on file for the next council meeting, purchase of exterior lighting for Clinton Fire Depatment Engine 2 from Federal Signal Safety and Security Systems for $7,073, purchase of 12 Motorola APX 8000 portable radios for Clinton Police Department from Motorola Solutions for $41,607 and a shared agency agreement for the police department with Motorola Solutions, Inc. for $62,145.


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