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By BETH ZUMWALT
The City of Pittsfield made there personnel moves after the council met Tuesday, June 21 in regular session.
After the closed session, the council promoted Michael Gangloff to a sergeant on the Pittsfield City Police Force. His promotion goes into effect July 1.
The council also accepted the resignation/retirement of Jeff Griggs, street and alley foreman, effective Oct 2.
The third personal move to hire Josh Klatt for the street and alley department, effective immediately.
The council also learned repairs to the baby pool at King Park may not be as extensive and costly as previously thought.
“I have a guy who thinks that instead of jack-hammering the bottom of the pool, down to where the leak is, he can put a sleeve on it,” Tom Reinhardt, supervisor, said. “That will be quicker, cheaper and will allow us to get the pool open this summer.”
Reinhardt also told the council to be prepared for complaints about mowing or lack thereof at the lake.
“Since diesel fuel is so expensive, we are not going to mow as often as we have in past years,”he said.
The council agreed that was wise.
There was news from the industrial park
Darcy Heavner asked that her lot be allowed to be a dance studio/banquet hall.Two uses not currently on the list of permitted businesses. The council decided to vote to allow the building although questions on whether there would be adequate parking arose. Reinhardt told the council he thought it would be adequate.
Also from the industrial park, the council heard that In-City Farms had signed a letter of intent to purchase a lot in the park. After seeing their submitted plans, it was decided the lot and drainage situation would not accommodate the proposed structure. In-City Farms has agreed to purchase another lot. In-City Farms is in the hydroponic gardening business.
The city will also take steps to allow a chartered but never built runway at the airport. Closure of the runway would allow the city to sell the lot on the corner by John Wood Community College.
“We’ve had several inquiries about it over the years,” Gary Mendenhall, mayor, said. “We never could sell it because of that proposed runway.”
The city is still in the process of removing trees within 700 feet of the runway, a FAA requirement.
It was decided to remove the trees rather than trim them back and then have to repeat the process in a few years.
Mayor Mendenhall asked the council and attendees to the meeting to aid the Great River Honor Flight in finding WWII veterans who have not yet taken the opportunity. Contact city hall if you know of WWII vets.