The Prophetstown City Council discussed road projects, a sanitary sewer issue, and passed an ordinance amendment concerning large storage containers.
Resident Jerry Thede addressed the Council about a problem with his sewer system. He explained that when his residence was connected to the city’s system many years ago it had several issues often plugging up due to a lack of fall in the line. Eventually a pump was added which, remedied the problem until recently. An electronic circuit board in the unit went bad and is on back order, forcing Thede to have to manually switch the pump on and off several times each day to avoid a back up. After discussions Thede asked the city to take over maintenance of the pump and allow him to not be charged for sewer service as he also pays for the electricity to run the pump. No action was taken.
Approved an amendment to an ordinance regarding the temporary allowance of cargo storage containers at businesses in the city. The amendment was made after a request by Roger Williams Jr. to add six containers to his new storage facility at the corner of West Railroad and Locust Streets, until he can add another storage building to the facility. The current ordinance allowed no more than two containers per property. Aldermen Larry Dessing pointed out there may be several containers at businesses in the city that may not have permits. Public Works Director Brian Strike said he would check on the status of permits.
The approval of an ordinance to lease land to Winning Wheels to construct a solar array was tabled. The board cited a lack of specific information on the location of the proposed solar installation as the reason for not taking action.
Mayor Swanson said the oil and chip project involving several streets was completed quickly and efficiently by Civil Contractors. He thanked the public works and police department employees for their assistance.
Swanson suggested that the city get bids to asphalt two streets and one alley. The project would include 7th St. between Washington and Market Streets, Esta Drive, and the alley between Washington and Market Streets.
Alderman Ryan Inskeep reminded the Council of the anticipated resurfacing of East 3rd St./Star Rd. from Washington Street to the city limit that may occur next year. The city is hoping to work with the contractor that the county hires to resurface Star Road from the city limits to Prophetstown Road. The project will be extremely expensive and Inskeep asked that the Council keep funding for the project in mind.
Mayor Swanson said there had been several calls to City Hall with questions regarding a mailing from Dynegy, which is the new electrical supplier for the city. Swanson said the letter simply explains the program and the cost of the electricity. Click Here for a related article.
Negotiations are underway for the city to purchase the old telephone switching building at 116 E. Railroad St. The building has been vacant for many years.
Approved Building Permits
Terry Boucher, 118 E. 3rd St. – Garage
Zachery Scott, 342 W 5th St. – Car Port
Lucas Pierceson, 309 Lafayette St. – Shed
Aaron Fargher, 610 Buttercup Lane – Gazebo
Craig Adams, 102 Grove St. – Roof
Lucas Heavener, 503 Adams St. – Garage
Joe Massingill, 811 Swanson Dr. – Garage
Henry C. Adams Library- The summer reading program was deemed a success.
The next council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 10th at 7:00 PM.