by Timbre Garrow
The Shirley City Council met as scheduled on September 11, 2017 at 7 p.m. with Mayor Lisa Hackett presiding. Council members attending were Margaret Earnhart, Deborah Kerrigan, Randal Gardner, David Cook and Recorder/Treasurer Melissa Worthing. Minutes and Financials were read and approved.
Councilmembers discussed options in regards to the Shirley Water System and whether to update and change out the existing 135 meters (out of approximately 155 water meters) to an analog system. New analog meters cost around $68 a piece. David Cook suggested, “creating a schedule to change out the meters” without increasing the customer’s water bill. This topic will be discussed at a later date as Community Water will be attending the October 9, 2017 City Council meeting to discuss their findings and solutions for the Shirley Water System.
•Trash Dumping: David Cook presented a proposal to the council for possible trash dumping solutions and is continuing to work towards a resolution before ordinances are passes. This will be discussed at a later date.
•Streets: Repairs to Shirley streets will be discussed at the next meeting as a prioritized list of road repairs (fixing cracks and potholes) is made.
•Council members approved the hiring of WD Farms to bush hog and weed eat city streets.
•A part-time helper was hired for 5 hours a week to help do odd jobs around the city such as picking up trash, limb control and cleaning bathrooms.
•Playground Maintenance: The council approved a load of mulch to fill in the holes under the Fun Park equipment to ensure safety of the children.
The Shirley City Council meets the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Shirley Community Center. Meetings are open to the public and all are welcome.