HOISINGTON — At its meeting Monday night, the Hoisington City Council approved ordinances establishing guidelines for handling health nuisances in the city. It was the consensus of the council to hire a Public Officer for 5-10 hours a week at a wage of $10-$12 per hour.
If performed by the city, the cost of trash removal is $100 per hour with a one hour minimum. If more individuals are assigned to the cleanup, additional charges will be due. The cost of junk vehicle removal is $100 per hour, one hour minimum, plus the towing fee charged to the city by the towing company plus a $150 administrative fee.
The mowing or weed abatement fee is $125 per worker per hour or 60 cents per one hundred square feet plus an administrative fee of $150.
The fees will be doubled for more than one violation in a 12 month period and for those with rental properties.
The community garden was discussed. The garden will be sponsored by the United Methodist Church and will be located at 15th & Clay Street in lots donated for use by Mike Harman. The produce will be for under-privileged families of the area, and the Hoisington Food Bank.
It was the consensus of the governing body for the city to run a 50-60 foot water line from the southwest corner of the former mobile home park and to provide a water meter. They will review all of this before the next season in 2012.
Bids on a new patrol car were accepted. The bids were: Manweiler Chevrolet $29, 448.20 and Kansas Highway Patrol Program $26,621.58.
The bid from KHPP was accepted.
Union negotiations were discussed. Council members Jim Sekavec and Dean Andereck volunteered to serve on the committee with the city manager.
Council considered a request from Don Doerschlag of Central Amusements to place vending equipment in lobby of the city building. He would take care of equipment with city receiving 30 percent share of the revenue from the machines. The motion passed.
Police Chief Kenton Doze presented the 2010 police report. The police took 346 reports. There were 258 crime cases, 42 accident cases, 33 miscellaneous cases and 13 unassigned cases.
Of the 258 crime cases, the department cleared 186 of those cases.
In other business, the board heard:
•Mayor Clayton Williamson read and signed a Proclamation in Honor of the Kansas Sesquicentennial.
•The voting delegates for the Kansas Rural Water Conference in March will be Donita Crutcher with John Bradley as an alternate.
•The council voted to approve Cereal Malt Beverage License Application for Jana Herdman, Gambino’s restaurant.
•City of Hoisington Personnel Policy and Guidelines Handbook was discussed.