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Hoisington City Council considers change of polycart rules
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HOISINGTON — The city of Hoisington has received complaints about trash polycarts being left on the street long after trash pickup days, and, as a result is considering new rules.
At the City Council meeting Monday evening, the council agreed to have City Manager Jonathan Mitchell prepare a draft ordinance that polycarts must be removed from the street 24 hours after the scheduled trash pick up day.
Mitchell said that violators of the ordinance can be given a ticket once an ordinance is approved.
In other business, the Labor Day clown committee asked to have an antique tractor pull held near the Mud Run site to raise funds. This was authorized.
The city will accept bids for janitorial services at the city building. The employee that currently cleans for the city is retiring at the end of March. Mitchell said the city wants to devote more funding to code enforcement and animal control as the reason behind the move.
The city would like to move the part-time position a full-time code enforcement and animal control.
An annual report on the electric department was given. Employees trimmed trees, wired the new McKenna Meadows addition, and restrung wire, as well as other activities.
Three engineering firms presented proposals and costs to the council concerning the short circuiting problem with the city sewage lagoons. The engineering firms were  Kirkham Michael and Associates, PEC, and Schwab Eaton.
A decision was not made at this meeting in regards to the engineering firm.
In his report, Mitchell said that the city is researching a mass notification system and is testing free options in light of the recent events. It would be for emergency situations only.