The Nichols City Council held a regular meeting on April 11. Before the meeting was called to order, the Pledge of Allegiance was said by all in attendance. Mayor Cyle Geertz was absent. Councilman Russ Grim acted as mayor for the meeting, calling it to order at 6:58 p.m. All other council members were present.
The council approved the consent agenda, which included the meeting’s agenda, the March 14 meeting minutes, the treasurer’s report, and expenditures of $14,743.15. Council member Kelsie Lampe moved for approval and John Hudson seconded.
There were no comments made from the public regarding the public forum.
Wastewater Manager Tim McCleary gave his report on the NanO2 technology that the city has been looking into. The city lagoons are getting to the point where they must reduce the sludge. NanO2 injects oxygen into the lagoons, which helps to reduce ammonia and sodium levels organically. Currently, this idea to use the technology is only in its planning stages in Nichols and does not warrant any action from the council or engineer.
Police Chief Jeff Jirak informed the council that with the warm weather comes an increased risk of stolen vehicles. Jirak also stated that items that are in vehicles can be stolen if they are in the open, as a burglar may simply break in.
“Don’t think it’s secure just because it’s in your garage,” Jirak said of items in vehicles.
Fire Chief Kevin Flynn stated that the tanker and first responder trucks are in need of repair. The tanker is currently having its clutch replaced, along with other, smaller repairs. It does not have a return timeframe. The first responder truck has an injection pump problem and will be returned soon.
Assistant Fire Chief John Hudson reported that the flagpole at the fire station is in need of a new rope and securing hardware for the flag.
An ordinance to raise garbage rates and one to raise sewer rates were approved unanimously following second reading approval and motions to waive third readings.
The mowing bid was split when it came to a vote. Council member Cindy Massey moved to accept J&J Lawn Care for the bid, with Lampe seconding. Massey and Lampe voted for, while Hudson and Loving voted against. Grim, as acting mayor, voted for J&J Lawn Care out of Lone Tree. This bid was the lowest per mow out of four bids. A citizen did come forward to provide a recommendation for George Simons, who had provided mowing service in the past.
The first reading of an ordinance regarding city bill late fees was approved unanimously after a public forum was held, in which no citizens spoke. The mosquito control item was approved unanimously at the same rate as the previous year. West Liberty was approved as Nichols’ library service.
Nichols’ citywide cleanup will be held in June, with a specific date being set later. The liquor license for Newt’s Cafe will be voted on at the next meeting.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:49 p.m.
The next regular meeting of the Nichols City Council will take place May 9 at 7 p.m.