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By BETH ZUMWALT
The Pittsfield City Council would like to add 15 additional lots to the Pittsfield Industrial Park. The matter was discussed at the Tuesday, July 5 meeting.
The additional lots are needed because only four lots are available in the current acreage and one of those is a small landlocked lot. Another lot is building specific because of drainage issues.
“We would be looking at adding the lots to the east of the current park,” mayor Gary Mendenhall said. “We will have to find another site for the city brush pile.”
Another obstacle, standing between the city and the expansion is money.
“We can only do it if money is available,” Beth White, alderman ward II, said. “Infrastructure would have to be added to the new area.”
Mendenhall said if the city could guarantee a certain number of jobs, there could be grant money available. And one of the prospective businesses could create approximately 100 jobs.
Mendenhall said he had met with the park board recently and they would like to become a part of the city’s park district, rather than an advisory board. A full-time park manager would be employed to oversee Lowry Park, King Park, the Little League Parks, etc.
“That person would take care of scheduling, running the parks, making sure the concession stands were stocked and staffed,” Mendenhall said. “The Park Board plans to meet again in August to discuss the matter further.”
The city will also begin checking the city’s infrastructure for lead pipes.
“We’ve been replacing the pipes when we find them,” Mendenhall said. “But, the EPA wants us to have a plan. They want us to have a more pro-active plan.”
The city must have a plan in place that will reduce the amount of lead-surfaced pipes in the city soon and then commit to doing at least three percent per year.
It has been discovered there was an error in the city’s road and bridge fund. Instead of the money being dispersed to the city, it was awarded to Pittsfield Township and Newburg Townships. Approximately $12,600 was dispersed to Newburg Township and $35,000 to Pittsfield Township.
Those townships will need to return the money to the city either now or out of next year’s tax levy.
All townships and municipalities can levy road and bridge funds.
A tentative lease agreement with Carpe LLC, the golf disc organization in the area. The lease was not voted on, but was only for the review of the council. The lease defines where the disc golf course is, insurance, use of any city equipment and requires Carpe to submit a schedule of league and tournament play.
The course will still be open and free-of-charge to the general public, except during tournaments of which only one is scheduled, the Big Buck tournament, held in late fall.