Archive for Friday, April 7, 2006

Council heated on backflow valves

April 7, 2006

Mayor Ken Bernard terminated a heated discussion regarding Lan-Del Water District's installation of double check valves after nearly an hour of debate at Thursday's City Council meeting.

Council members, plumbers and concerned citizens fired questions at both Lan-Del's chief engineer and chair Phil Chiles regarding the need for the valves, the utility's poor communication to citizens and the amount of safety the valves provide. Bernard finally stopped the discussion and called for the establishment of a separate meeting to resolve the issue.

"Lan-Del is going to get with the city and do everything they can to publicize what's going on and what needs to be done by the homeowners," Bernard said.

"If there is any more discussion that goes on, we need to have it between the city inspectors, the plumbers' board and Lan-Del and work out any bugs that they may have created in this system."

In other action, the council:

ο Introduced Ken Miller as the Main Street Project liaison.

ο Approved an amendment to the Neighborhood Revitalization Plan.

ο Authorized the sale and conveyance of land to Twin Oaks Independent Living.

ο Approved a cereal malt beverage license for Brew, Blues & Bar-B-Q, a cook-off to be sponsored by the city May 5-6.

ο Approved, 6-2, with council members Dee Hiniger and Don Studnicka opposed, a special-use permit for a resident requesting permission to establish a feline foster home in her home with a maximum of 12 cats.

ο Approved, 7-1, with Studnicka opposing, the reappointments of David Anaya and Brian Schwanz to the Board of Zoning Appeals.

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