Fireworks permits approved in Cresco

CRESCO - Alan Lewis at 808 Vernon Road and Bryan Sheehy at H&S Motors were approved for a fireworks permit on July 3, along with Josh and Amy Bollman at 1207 3rd St. SW on July 4. Council member Amy Bouska had some concerns about fireworks and wants council to look into changing the policy for next year. “I think the neighbors have to be notified,” she said.
It was noted that fireworks can be heard all over town, so how far does a neighbor live from the display?
In the end, the permits were approved at the June 15 City Council meeting.
• In other business, Council approved a street closure on Saturday, July 11 in front of the Cresco Theatre from N. Elm St. to 2nd St. West and part of the parking lot for American Graffiti Car Cruise.
• Police Chief Tim Ruroden reported that on Sunday a peaceful assembly was held at Beadle Park. Also attending the event were Lt. David Godman and Deputy Richard Hollenbeck. “It was a discussion in lieu of recent events. We may need to address some policies and procedures and possibly update them.”
• Public Works Director Rod Freidhof noted the street department was cutting trees and starting chip sealing. In addition, he continues to receive more building permit applications than usual.
Later in the meeting, it was decided to allow street, water and sewer employees to go back to normal working schedules. Water and sewer employees had been in a rotation to make sure a whole group was not affected by COVID-19.
This also allowed the chip seal crew to work together, starting on June 16. 
• City Clerk Michelle Girolamo reported City Hall opened back up, but many visitors are continuing to pay in the entry way.
“In regards to the ‘Cresco Cares’ masks, there were 806 that were made. We thank Quilter’s Garden, O’Henry’s, The Chamber and those who did the sewing,” she said.
The clerk is also preparing for the  end of the fiscal year. Council voted to close the office on Wednesday, July 1 for processing.
• Kris Riley of the Park Board reported the pool expansion is being put on hold until next year, but part of the bleacher project at East Park will continue. “We have grant money, along with donated and pledged funds. We want to start when softball season is over.”
It was also noted, the pool will be opening with restrictions on June 22. Some ball will take place the end of June.
• Cynthia Kay noted the drop box is now open at the library. The facility will begin opening up on Saturdays.
• The mealsite rent will continue to be waived until meals are allowed to be served at Kessel Lodge.
• The Industrial Sewer Rental Agreement with Cresco Food Technologies was approved. The only real change to the agreement was increasing the sewer rate by 6%. The rest of the town had an increase of 3%. The City is slowly trying to get the billing correct.
Council member Steve McCarville then brought up that the odor complaint form on the City’s website was not working properly. It will be looked into and updated.
• A Class C Liquor License with Sunday Sales to Cuautla Jalisco Inc. was approved.
• Pay requests were paid. They included the final payment to Skyline Construction for the Vernon Road Watermain Project for $61,700.24 and $4,792 for Tupy Construction for the Housing Rehab Project.
• Dave Herold and Justin Denner were appointed to three-year terms expiring on June 30, 2023, on the Park Board.
• Leigh Myers and Ronda Hughes were reappointed and Julie Wilson appointed to the Theatre Commission for three-year terms expiring on June 30, 2023. In addition, Tara Henry was appointed to fill a term expiring June 30, 2021 and Lisa Riedel to fill a term expiring June 30, 2022.
• Mike Conlan was reappointed and Rich McConnell was appointed to a three-year term expiring on June 30, 2023 on the Planning & Zoning Commission
• Dale Ernst was appointed to a three-year term expiring on June 30, 2023, on the Board of Adjustments.
• Mark Kissinger was reappointed to a three-year term expiring on June 30, 2023 on the Library Board. Two more volunteers are needed.
The next council meeting will be Mnday, July 7 at 7 p.m. at Cresco City Hall.

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