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Paden City Council to hold light up the Town Night

By Ed Parsons - Editor | Nov 11, 2020

Paden City Council discusses issues with city attorney Carolyn Flannery.

Paden City Council on Monday Night November 2, approved the annual light up the town night beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, December 4, with the city maintenance crew decorating the small park on the corner of Third and Main Streets. They also had discussion on a possible Christmas parade, but tabled the subject until the December meeting when they can make a more informed decision.

Under the Mayor’s comments, Mayor Rick Casteel said they have been doing some blacktopping around town and will be doing more as weather permits. He also said the town is currently without a Police Chief as chief Laurer is on leave taking care of some personal issues.

There were no citizens present so council moved on a motion from Councilman Jim Richmond to approve the minutes of the October 5, regular council meeting and to pay all bills. The motion was unanimously approved, with councilperson Aunnia Brady absent from the meeting.

Street Superintendent Josh Billiter reported the water project is moving along. He added there is one construction easement left to get. On a motion by councilman J.P. Springer, council gave permission to hire a maintenance crew-water operator. Billiter said there is several applicants for the position. Springer and councilman Scott Dalyrmple were selected to set in on the interviews for the job.

Permission to allow Acorn to remove a tree in an alley running fron East Main Street between fourth and fifth avenue was tabled until the city receives another estimate. Council held discussion on parking on route 2 throughout the town. After discussing several suggestions on how to approach the parking problem, it was decided to give warning letters to the violators which could be followed up with tickets carrying court coats of up to $175 plus stiff fines if the violations continue. Mayor Casteel said agreed action on the parking needed taken, but he was in favor of warning the violators first. The matter was tabled however until the chief of police gets back and can look for a solution.

Council unanimously approved the high bid of $600 for the old Ford Crown Victoria police cruiser. Under Park and Pool business, it was noted that the electric and water had been shut off to the campground on November 1. The boat docks have also been removed from the river for the winter. Mayor Casteel said there is a camper still in the campground which needs moved. Billiter said he had posted a notice on the camper giving the owner five days to move it. Council decided to extend the notice to 15 days at which time it would be towed and the owner would be charged a storage fee.

Following a motion by J.P.Springer and a second by Bob Kendle, council unanimously approved the purchase of new chairs for the council chambers.With no other business, council adjourned on a motion by Jim Richmond and a second by Bob Kendle. The next regular council meeting will be held on December 7, at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at the city building.