Girard City Council discusses reopening at meeting

By: Aaron Pyle

         The Girard City Council held their meeting Monday, May 4 discussing several issues from appointments to city operations.

         All members of the council were present to the meeting as Mayor Mickey Pyle called the meeting to order. Council member Sheldon DeLange then gave the invocation and pledge of allegiance.

         Following the acceptance of the agenda, council members accepted the consent agenda. Consent agenda ‘a’ included the approval of appropriations ordinance 2020-09 as well as 2020-09(A), approval of purchases over $10,000, and Ryan Insurance. Agenda ‘b’ approved the council meeting minutes for the April 13 special meeting. Lastly, the agenda ‘b’ was to seek applicants for summer electric intern with application due by May 8.

         With public forum temporarily suspended due to COVID-19, the council moved onto regular business.

         The council began the meeting going into a 20-minute executive session as well as a 15-minute session to discuss job performance of essentials.

         After the meeting, the council moved onto accepting Connie Humble’s resignation from the housing authority. Mayor Pyle then appointed Tim Dainty and Jeff Leslie to the housing authority.

         Next on the regular business, the council considered sealed bids for excavator for water department with a trade-in of the backhoe to be due by May 26, at 2 p.m. Council members also considered sealed bids for a yard machine for the electric department to be due on same date and time. Both items were accepted by all members of the council.

         Council members moved onto the next item which was Resolution 2020. The resolution included rendering electric department John Deere lawnmower, Fire Dept. refrigerator, and stove. Also included in the resolution, the Public Works dump truck, bush hog, street roller, compressor as surplus, and allow public to submit sealed bids for these items to be due by June 5 at 2 p.m. Members of the council approved Resolution 2020.

         The council then moved to delay a public hearing at the meetings until May 26.

         Following, the city council talked about city operations and the opening of certain businesses around town. The civic center, city pool, and inside of the city hall will remain closed until further notice due to the Governor’s orders. The drive-thru window at the city hall will be opened to the public.

         As for the golf course, members of the council agreed to allow a ‘free-play’ weekend from May 9-10. The council also decided to open the course Monday, May 11 with no touch. The clubhouse will use cell/call to do business. The number of the Crawford Hills clubhouse is (620) 724-8855

         Onto the next item, the council approved TA (sidewalk project) contract with KDOT.

         After a brief discussion of operations updates, the council discussed creating an ordinance regarding Jake Brakes. Members briefly discussed the issue tabling it shortly following discussion.

         Closing the regular business, the council went over Cereal Malt Beverage (CMB) license for the golf course. The council decided to move the license approval until the next meeting.

         Following closing comments, Mayor Pyle adjourned the meeting. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 11 at 5 p.m. Those interested in tuning into the meeting can call 1-425-436-6382 using access code 845240 to listen.