At the October 22 meeting of the Chatfield City Council, the first consideration of Ordinance 437, Critical Water Emergency Restriction, was approved. Councilor Paul Novotny was absent.
The ordinance will regulate nonessential water usage upon the declaration of critical water deficiency. Such a declaration could be made during a severe drought. Mandatory restrictions upon such a declaration will include restrictions on outdoor irrigation, washing and spraying of sidewalks and other outside hard surfaces, the use of water-based play apparatuses, the use of misting systems, filling pools and spas, and washing of vehicles and other mobile equipment.
City Engineer Matt Mohs explained grass is growing along the Enterprise Dr. project, but there is still a ways to go. Seeding hasn’t been coming in and there have been some wash outs due to heavy rain. Additional black dirt has been added with the reseeding and erosion control blankets have been installed to add stability on slopes. A payment of $3,216 was approved to Edge Contracting, Inc. Mohs said there will still be a retainage in the amount of $10,000.
Other business in brief
•The CEDA contract for 2019 was renewed at an annual cost not to exceed $42,355.
•A contract with Pathfinder CRM, LLC was renewed for professional services in regard to heritage preservation planning at a cost of $12,000 annually.
•City Clerk Joel Young presented a proposal to replace PC’s, most of which are beyond their expected life span of four to five years. Approval was given to replace 11 desk top work stations, two laptops, and one printer. The hardware will cost $11,756. An additional cost of $3,640 to $7,280 will be incurred for configuration/installation.
•Councilor John McBroom reported on a discussion at the public services committee regarding requests for a stop sign at Amco and Hillside Dr. There is concern for the safety of children. McBroom said they are looking for ideas, but don’t think a stop sign will help. One suggestion included flashing lights with a sign “slow down for children.” City Attorney Fred Suhler said a school speed zone could be created if it is close enough to the school. Another possibility would be a sign activated by a passing vehicle noting the speed of the vehicle.
•The next city council meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 13 at 7 p.m. November 12 is Veterans Day.