The Lapel Town Council met at the Eagles building on 9th St in Lapel for a regular meeting on November 16th at 7pm.
All Town Council members were present apart from Deb Wainscott (injured).
The new backhoe has arrived, the Town Council voted in favor of paying MacAllister $77,135.25 for the new piece of equipment.
After the resignation of a new employee the Town will need to advertise for a new employee with CDL experience.
The Town Council discussed improving the base pay for Utility workers and improved pay for workers that have in demand skills such as a CDL license, or Gas certification.
More discussion on this will occur at the next Town Meeting in December.
Resident Jason Kleinbub presented the Town Council with detailed photos about flooding issues on John St. He asked for the Town Council to take down a willow tree whose roots frequently block drains in that area. He also requested the Town look into why water run-off issues have intensified in the area of John St and 3rd/4th St since the alley behind Wright Family Practice was paved.
Council member Dave Taylor and President Michael Cates will have Utility Manager Chris Hobbs contact the home owner on 4th St with regards removing the tree and the Council will investigate the source of the extra run-off.
Amy O`Dair-Speaks of Visualize Your Technology, a resident in Lapel and Doug Watts of internet provider MetroNet informed the Town Council they were trying to gauge interest from BUSINESS OWNERS on whether it would be feasible to bring fiber optic internet to Lapel.
This would be for business customers, not residential users.
If your business is interested in completing a survey about this contact Visualize Your Technology directly @ Amy@VisualizeYourTechnology.com
Performance Services conducted a presentation showcasing Solar Energy and what could be done to use solar power to power town buildings and make the Town of Lapel energy sufficient, and potentially a new revenue stream.
Several Ordinances were read concerning the grant money provided by the State for paving projects.
You can read these Ordinances on the Town of Lapel's Facebook Page or at Town Hall.
Town Council Members performed the first reading of the new ordinance concerning the Gas Rate increase. Gas Rates will be going up by 26%, the first rate increase in many years. If the ordinance is approved after the second reading at the next meeting it could take around 60 - 90 days before the new rates go into effect.
The Town Council approved at the request of Police Chief Ryan Daniels selling the Police Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck to the Town of Lapel Utility Department for $5,000. This truck will likely replace the truck used primarily by Virgil Hobbs for mowing duty.
The Police Chief also informed the Town Council that one of the Police vehicles was broken, and advised selling it at the next Don Smock auction on December 7th. The Town Council Approved this request. The Town of Lapel will be selling two old Police cars at the next auction.
Daniels also asked for funds to purchase a replacement new vehicle for the one that was broken. Paula Lee will investigate fund availability.