ELLINWOOD — The Ellinwood City Council, at its regular meeting on Tuesday, agreed to purchase 11-12 acres of property from Alfred Pohlman for $3,600. The property is located north of 7th St. It is west of Kennedy and north of the water tower.
City Administrator Bob Peter said that a portion of the property is in the flood plain, and the plan for right now is using it to improve drainage in Ellinwood. The drainage problem is the first priority.
In other business, the council appointed two people to the Recreation Commission board. They are Amanda Proffitt for two years and Troy Moore for three years.
The council approved the rental of a port-a-pottie for use at the airport. Peter said it would cost approximately $130 per month, but anticipated it would receive a lot of usage.
Earlier this month, a light pole fell into the street in the 300 block of N. Main due to rust. Peter said that the light poles in that area were all put in at the same time and need to be inspected for safety. He suggested looking at decorative replacement poles that are more energy efficient if they need replaced.
Members of the archery club were present with concerns about individuals shooting guns off of the bridge, destroying their targets and endangering people.
Peter said that the cities responsibility is for the old landfill and the trash that is currently exposed needs to be covered with dirt, which the city has liability for.
Council Member Irlan Fullbright wanted to maintain access to the river for four-wheelers and maintain it as a recreation area.
Peter will look at the property again, get more concrete estimates on the amount of fencing needed, and possibly look at places to park for two or three vehicles. The current estimate at the amount of fencing needed is 1600 linear feet.
The discussion was tabled for further information.
The council agreed to purchase a utility bed for one of the existing pickups. It is from Kansas Truck Equipment Company at a cost of $5,086.
Finally, the board made annual appointment of department directors and other routine appointments.