ELLINWOOD — The Ellinwood City Council voted on Tuesday night to approve new bleachers at Worman Field from Terra Bound Solutions at its regular meeting.
The bid for $21,070 includes total replacement, including the framework. The seating capacity is 144 for each set of bleachers.
City Administrator Bob Peter expects them to be up in May before baseball season begins. They will be put on two concrete slabs.
In addition, the bleachers will have a double panel walkway and a rail in the center.
In other business, the council discussed at length the old city landfill that was closed and covered in the late 1970s or early 1980s. The landfill was covered at the time, but with the use of ATVs and other traffic using the landfill for access to the river, erosion has occurred, and there is now bare trash.
Peter expressed concerns about liability and suggested fencing off the property with the whole area restricted. It would require 1600 feet of fence. Irlan Fullbright spoke out against the proposal and said there needs to be a way to co-exist with recreational usage.
No action was taken, and the topic will be added to the agenda for the next city council meeting at 7 p.m. on May 14.
New playground equipment for children will be added to City Park at a cost of $3,752. The Rotary Club is also donating new equipment.
The Chamber of Commerce was present to request closing off some streets for the After Harvest Festival. In addition, the beverage tent will be located at the swimming pool parking lot this year. Second Nature will be the dance band.
Chamber Director Nancy Baird also said there will also be a real carnival this year. They are considering adding new events such as sand volleyball. The festival will be held July 18-20, and is in its 40th year.
In final business, the council approved:
•Property, casualty and general liability insurance coverage for $118,024 . Insurance Agent Rob Fisher explained that rates went up nationwide because of storm losses.
•A handicapped accessible ramp for the pool will be installed at a cost of $6,000.
•Peter was appointed to the KMEA board.