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Paden City Council Holds Special Meeting

By Rick Loy - Staff Writer | Mar 17, 2021

The Paden City Common Council held a special meeting on Monday March 8, 2021.

The Council met to discuss several issues that were unresolved at the regular monthly meeting.

Among the items discussed were funding for the park and pool, discussion of the building at the corner of Main St and South 2nd Ave, appointment of Ballot Commissioners and reconnect fees.

The special meeting was called to address concerns shared at the regular council meeting on March 1, 2021. During the March 1st meeting, Councilwoman Tonya Schuller presented council with background information on the pool and needed repairs to open successfully this summer.

The current Paden City Park and Pool committee is a new team of individuals established in fall 2020. This team is determined to upgrade the pool in three separate phases, but the current park and pool operational budget does not provide adequate funds to accomplish the task. As part of this funding challenge, the park and pool commission is requesting the Paden City Council consider financing the initial stage of this upgrade. Phase 1 will address needed repairs for tile replacement, life guard stands (to be built in house), miscellaneous paint/sealer/and patching materials, diving board repairs, chlorine gas cylinder piping and manifold system. After reviewing the expenditures of the pool, Councilman Jim Richmond proposed a transfer of $12,000 from the city’s contingency fund to cover costs associated with Phase 1; it was noted if the pool can successfully open, additional funds will be needed.

It was brought to Council’s attention that the building, located at the corner of Main St and South 2nd Ave was falling apart. The roof collapsing, among other things, was creating a safety hazard and need addressed. Since the city does not own the property or have a building inspector there is not much they can do at this time. The issue will require additional discussion and was tabled until next month.

Council members heard a request made by the parent of a city resident to restore public services to a home 9th Ave. Water, trash collection and sewer service had all been discontinued due to nonpayment of bills totaling $6,700. After discussion with the public service commission, the council extended a counter offer to except a payment of $5,488.20. The citizen would be required to sign a promissory note to pay back the remaining balance over a period of time.

In closing the council approved Eva Springer and Kim Frum as Ballot Commissioners for the upcoming city election. This concluded the agenda and the special meeting was adjourned. The next scheduled meeting of the Paden City Common Council will be on April 5, 2021 at 7p.m. in the council chambers of the municipal building.