Council chambers almost empty as new Mayor and council makes decision against supplying port a potty and hand washing stations.

Organizations planning any events in the City parks will now be responsible for renting port a potty and hand washing stations for their events. The Park Board met on July 21 and made a recommendation to the City Council implement a new policy for groups or organizations holding events in any of the City parks be responsible to pay for the port a potty and/or hand-washing stations if needed.

At the City Council meeting on July 23, the Board of Alderman made a motion for groups and organizations to pay for port a potty and hand-washing stations if needed. All were in favor beside Alderman Jason Osbourne, who later explained, “I was not in agreement with charging non-profit organizations who host events for our community. Those events bring people here from out of town, which brings more business to our town. I don’t see how we can forgive the golf course $37,000, but not help the non-profits with bathroom facilities and hand-washing stations.”

Park Board member and Alderman Connie Painter shared, “I brought it up at the last meeting. It has been on my mind to try to reduce the number of small things that need to be on the slate, so the administration and City employees can focus on the larger problems. Those having events can be responsible for everything needed.” This will also include the Chamber events as well. People wanting to host events will still be able to request trash cans and picnic tables from the City.

PeopleServices were present at the City Council meeting to give a report to the board. Assistant Regional Manager Chris Cowell, of PeopleServices, was present to address the council with the water odor issue. Cowell explained the odor, while not pleasant, was safe for citizens to drink. Cowell explained the excess algae in the water was causing the odor and it was being treated. Cowell stated, “We have pretty good control of the water coming in now. It is hard to treat algae because there are so many different types. We ordered a test kit to identify what kind of algae is blooming.”

Mayor Jerry Potterfield asked if the odor would be cleared up by next week, Cowell answered, “I don’t want to give an exact date, we could get it all cleared up, then have more algae bloom.”

PeopleServices Manager George Hausdorf was also present to update the council on the projects ongoing. He stated, “On July 28, the process will start to have the main sleeved at the 4-way intersection of Main and Business 24/36. The water will be turned off on Wednesday and those affected will be sent letters. I believe approximately 10 customers will be without water. The process will be completed by July 30.” There will be a boil order to follow for the households affected following the project’s completion. Hausdorf also shared starting the week of August 3 they will work on installing the water main extension for Mosswood’s First Addition.

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