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By Austin Andre
The Grafton City Council met Tuesday evening, Aug. 16, to discuss several different items of note, including nominations and appointments for city clerk as well as two committees.
New business included several nominations and appointments. The first being the approval to nominate Jennifer Kapler as City Clerk, who was sworn into office during the meeting. Following this, the second motion was the nomination of Joe Seiler, Brian McDonald, and Russel Roy to the Veteran’s Committee. Don Mathenia and Ray Roentz were then nominated to the Planning and Zoning committee.
The meeting began with the Director of Public Works (DPW), Nick Hutchens, addressing several completions to the Dinky Project which included, sidewalk and Grass work. Hutchens also mentioned the activities of the DPW which were riverfront clearing, stormwater structure improvements, and drainage piping updates. This was followed by further updates from city engineer Charles A. Sheppard, from Sheppard, Morgan & Schwabb.Inc. Sheppard informed the council about a project with the National Guard to replace sidewalks and pavement in the Grafton Hills subdivision.
“We’ve identified some areas that are pretty bad over there. We’ve got a good package together to get those areas fixed,” said Sheppard.
The Mayor’s report came next with Mayor Mike Morrow discussing Grafton being left off of the Rebuild Downtowns and Main Streets Grant Capital Program. Grafton applied for a $1.3 million grant and submitted the application early this year. Plans for the grant money included new sidewalks, decorative banner flower poles for the main street, a new playground, restrooms, and flood-resistant landscaping for Grove Memorial Park.
Morrow went on to thank several individuals and companies that helped put the committee together. Names included Congressman Rodney Davis, Cory Jobe from Great River Routes, and Beth Bear from the Jersey County Business Association.
“A lot of work went into this. We were fortunate enough we had people donate their time and efforts to help us put the application together,” said Morrow.
During the meeting’s old business, the board approved the Chapter 40 building and zoning code.
The Grafton City Council meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. The council is scheduled to meet again on Tuesday, Sept. 20.