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Paden City Council Has Busy Meeting

By Randy Rutherford - Staff Writer | Oct 13, 2021

Paden City Common Council met in regular session on Monday, October 4, 2021 at 7 p.m. in the council chambers of the municipal building. Among the items discussed were timing for the Halloween parade and trick-or-treat, pay raises for the city office workers, the purchase of a new cruiser for the police department, and a new truck for the Public Works Department.

During public comment resident Susan Wade thanked the council for their help with the Labor Day activities and Jason Yost for his assistance with weed eating at the city park.

Mayor Kastigar was given permission by the council to sign the 6th draw down for the water project in the amount of $96,745. The mayor also read the first reading of the Bond Ordinance for the sewer project.

Council approved the the date and timing for Halloween activities in the community. Things will get started with the Haunted Trail beginning at 5:00 p.m. on October 25th at the Library. On Tuesday, October 26th the annual Halloween parade will begin with costume judging at the football field around 5:30 p.m. The award winning Paden City Band will lead the Halloween parade at 6:00 with Trick-or-treat to follow from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m.

Josh Billiter announced that the city would be flushing the hydrants beginning October 25th through Oct 28th. Josh also reported that he is having problems locating a new truck for his department but will keep council informed as he continues his search.

Under Park & Pool, council approved the paying of two bills in the amount of $7078 for pool improvements and upgrades to the electrical service at the park. Since the money is not available in the Park & Pool budget the council approved paying the bills from the contingency fund.

The police cruiser previously approved for purchase by council has suffered a set back. The planned original purchase of a Dodge is under production delays, and the new cruiser will probably be a Ford.

The ongoing issue of closing alleys around the city continues to be problematic. Josh Billiter suggested that council needs to come up with criteria for prioritizing which alleys could be closed. City attorney Carolyn Flannery pointed out that neighboring property owners would need to be notified and public meetings would need to be held. Attorney Flannery said, “If they aren’t causing a problem I don’t know if it’s worth it.”

A new door and window are needed for the maintenance building at a cost of $3,800. Since this is in the budget and under $5,000 council does not need a motion to approve. Permission was given to move forward.

The fall burning season has been set for October 5th through November 10th.

Finally Council approved a 6% pay raise for the city office workers and approved the appointment of Rick Bertozzi to city council to fill the vacant set of Tonya Schuler.

The next scheduled meeting of the Paden City Common Council is November 1, at 7:00 PM in the council chambers.