HOISINGTON – Hoisington City Council revisited a familiar issue at its Monday night meeting when Code Enforcement Officer Dolores Kepper reported on the property at 408 E. First Street.
“As you probably all recall, initially when we decided to include this house as a potential home for demolition, it switched hands within the family at the last minute and so we have to start the whole process over,” she said. The new owner, Janet Hood, was present and requested more time for repairs.
When asked about the time and money to make major improvements, Hood said, “The weather is snowy and the wind is blowing all the time, and I’m trying to make all of that happen,” Hood said. “I have the money.”
So far, a carport has been demolished, but the rubble remains on the property. Hood noted that both the furnace and windows were replaced. Hood’s son had lived in the house until recently.
Council member Darren Reinert proposed and the Council agreed to extend the final date in the draft resolution to March 20.
The council also discussed the progress of the improvement of the property at 1229 N. Center St. The last visible improvements were made in December 2022. Kepper noted that the property’s neighbors are in regular contact with her, expressing concern at the lack of progress. Currently the crawl spaces are open and could house animals escaping the cold weather.
• The Council approved the procedures and policies of the Commission on Aging Title VI and Family Dollar Corporate’s Cereal Malt Beverage Sales License.
• The Council was kept informed of offers for new lawn mowers from the parks and cemetery. The city tries to trade in new lawn mowers annually.
That year, Ehler Chevolet’s Micah Ehler suggested the city sell the used mowers on Purple Wave rather than trade them in. He said: “It’s simply better for us.” The dealers don’t always have interested parties for the used mowers.
• City manager Jonathan Mitchell presented actual transfer amounts at the end of the year. Funds have been prioritized for anticipated expenses for replacing tornado sirens, columbarium in the cemetery, painting the water tower and cleaning the Windgate apartment.
• The Council also discussed the timing of mailing registration forms for swimming pool season passes. With the opening of the bath at the beginning of the season this year, the municipality suggested sending the form with the next city bill. The deadline for returning the form is May 1st.
Councilor Jim Morris suggested interested parties fill out the form immediately and return it with their payment. Those using automatic payment for city bills will receive a mailing containing the pool form, noted by City Clerk Cecilia Conrad.
• City officials selected Great Bend’s Key Equipment and Supply offer of $12,781.88 to purchase a push camera. The camera is used to inspect the sewage infrastructure for blockages.
• Russell County’s Rural Water District #3 is making progress on expansion. “On Friday, they sent me an agreement with the city of Otis,” Mitchell explained.
“It’s a starting point for discussions about what an agreement will look like, but that the language would be appropriate for us.” Mitchell reminded the council that Hoisington residents will always have priority when circumstances threaten supplies.