Tyler Smith hired as new L.S. public works director
Fri, 08/28/2020 - 4:48pm admin
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LIME SPRINGS - Tyler Smith was officially hired as the new Public Works Director. He had been on the job a few weeks before the Aug. 4 Lime Springs City Council meeting.
Deputy Public Works staff member Ed Hampe told Council Smith was doing a good job.
The new director said he has enjoyed his time working for the City. “It’s a learning experience. I’ve got paperwork coming in the mail. Most of the classes are online. I’ve got a routine with water and sewer testing and other jobs.”
Hampe said the prior week, the duo toured Cresco’s sewer plant, which was interesting.
Smith said of Mike Born, who is using his license to keep Lime Springs legal, “Mike is a godsend. He’s so very, very helpful and thorough.”
He then mentioned he was already taking brush and branches to the tree dump north of Lidtke Mill. Eddie Miller suggested getting signage so people know where to dump items.
Smith told council he felt a stop sign was needed coming out of the pool parking lot to the north and onto A-23. Council agreed. He also mentioned a dead tree needed to be taken down at the pool.
• In other business from the Aug. 4 meeting, Richard Cottrell brought up trespassers and vandals to their property, the former Lime Springs-Chester Elementary School building.
Kids are still crawling on his furnace building. “When Council gave Spring Ahead Learning Center (SALC) permission to use the playground equipment behind the facility, SALC said it would put up a fence and lock it. That didn’t happen.”
Cottrell said he needs permission to put up a fence behind his property. “It will probably cost me $500 to keep the kids off the furnace building. I cannot afford to go to court.”
Council person Amy Norton wondered, “Maybe we can reach out to Jerry [Johnson].” Council will get more information on the agreement made with SALC and see if it is willing to put up a fence.
• Hampe gave his recommendation for a new lawn mower. “Harrington’s, north of Chester, are super nice. They gave us a discount for being a non-profit.” The cost of the new mower would be $9,684.
Cassidy Milks gave a short presentation on hiring out mowing. He would not be hired this year, but it will be on the agenda for hiring out the job in lieu of purchasing a new mower next year.
Hampe then told Council he will be retiring at the end of the month.
Mayor Chris Chilson stated, “We’d like to keep you for consulting.” Hampe said he could do that.
• Council person Jennifer DeVries gave a report on an annual audit, which could cost from $5,000-9,000. She will get more information.
• Council learned the Tienter building has an outside owner. Chilson said they should get a letter stating they can take over the cost of the fencing.
• Jane Tibbals announced the old computer crashed. There is a company to mail the hard drive to that can possibly retrieve the information. She was directed to go forward with the retrieval.
• Building permits were approved for Barry and Billi Johnson for a garage and a deck for Wendy Orth (Ed Walter’s previous home).
• No report was available from Howard County Engineer’s office for the E. Merrill St. bridge.
• Re-keying of the Community Center will take place when the new parts arrive.
Miller gave the Library report, explaining the Summer Reading Program had 60 children registered, with only 18 in first through sixth grades and 21 pre-K participating.
He mentioned the facility has added games to its list of items to check out.
There were 184 individuals who used the library in June.
DeVries added the library judges enjoyed choosing winners of the cake decorating contest. The cakes can be viewed on its Facebook page.
Jill Tibbals reported three individuals volunteered to be on the board. They included Holly Andersen, Janet DeVries and Sharla Lieder. “I was very excited about this!” she said. The board has struggled to retain members for several years.
“This has not been an easy summer for the pool or any of us. We’ve had employee issues and patron issues.”
Tibbals did say the pool was very busy, and many families took advantage of the season passes. “The kids were very hungry! We sold a lot of ice cream and Mountain Dew.”
Lindsey Milks, the CPO hired for the pool, did a good job. The board was hoping the new public works director would be able to take the test to be CPO for next year.
“All-in-all, I’m glad we opened,” the board president said. “I think everyone appreciated it.”
Chilson stated, “We’re lucky our little town has a pool and a library.”
Community Center/Fire Department
• Neither entity had a representative present.
• The next City Council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 1.