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By BETH ZUMWALT
The campgrounds at the Pittsfield City Lake will close Nov. 22 with the road closures around the lake coming later.
The matter was discussed at the Nov. 2 city council meeting.
First year alderman, Chris Little, asked why the lake is closed during the winter.
“To minimize damages and for road maintenance,” Mayor Gary Mendenhall said.
The lake has historically closed at the entrance to the ballpark area and again on the north side with accessibility only to the dam area.
The city has several on-going projects and updates were supplied on those.
■ Draining of the lagoon at King Park started last week. IDNR was on hand to check for any salvageable fish.
■ The Maysville Road bridge projects is awaiting clearance from the Corps of Engineers.
■ Mendenhall is to check on the status of the mats for the swings are Lowry Park. The mats will eliminate mud puddles under the swings.
■ It was noted there are two dead trees east of McDonalds. Alderman Robert Ritchartsked asked if dead trees could be removed from city right of ways. Mendenhall stated that we will take down all dead trees that we have the means to do so, all others will be removed via contract.
■ The Piper Lane project should be completed this year. The city will be borrowing equipment for the project from the county and is waiting for the availability of the equipment.
■ Alderman Little moved to remove all stipulations and restrictions of the warranty deed for the north half of the property formally known as the Higbee property. This should clear the way for the north portion of the property to be sold.
■ Drawing for trapping rights at the Pittsfield City Lake will be held Nov. 12.
■ Agreed to variance changes for Nathan Davis at 422 Clare Street to construct a garage which will have no set back to the alley and also to Amber Lindsay, at 327 W.Jefferson, to, also construct a garage with will leave a rear yard of 19 feet instead of the required 25.
■ Tabled the food truck and propane tank proposed ordinances. The ordinances were presented, changes made, sent back to the attorney and will be reviewed at the next meeting.