City Recreation supervisor position applications received

The City of California Board of Aldermen was informed of the receipt of 13 applications for the open position of Recreation Supervisor at its meeting Monday, March 4. The applications have been reviewed and interviews are to be scheduled at the end of the month. The position came open with the resignation of Skylar Smothers in February.

Currently, the work of scheduling use of the recreation facilities and keeping the swimming pool chemicals at the proper levels is being taken care of by other city employees.

The practice session of California Stingrays swim team was approved from March 10 to July 14 at no cost. The team provides its own lifeguards.

Of course, the recent snowfalls were discussed. All of the departments assisted with snow removal, electric restorations where needed and a few water issues which arose from the storms.

David Jungmeyer, board member of California Progress, Inc. (CPI) explained to the council that CPI will be the parent organization for the California Historic District Committee (CHDC), formerly the Missouri Main Street Committee (MMSC) of California. The name is being changed to better reflect the realities of the historic business districts of the City of California. Jungmeyer is liaison between CPI and the CHDC. His appearance before the council was to seek approval for a fundraiser for the restoration organization at the historic Eitzen Mansion, courtesy of the owners, Rich and Pam Green. This will be a yard party scheduled for Friday, June 7, with the Krazy Kats to perform from 7 to 10 p.m. The council had no objection.

Bob Gilbert, on behalf of Bartlett and West Engineers, updated the city on the local projects, including the sewage treatment plant sludge basins and the sidewalk project. The biosolids (sludge) removal bid of $48,825 submitted by Nutri-Ject Systems, Inc. was approved. The Basin repair bid of $39,100 was approved for Twehous Excavating.

Gilbert commented that the contract for the sidewalk project, which is ongoing along Highway 87 south of the traffic light, is due to expire in mid-March. The company requested a 90-day extention, due to delays for weather and other causes. Gilbert has not had time to review the request but the council approved a 30-day extension to give time for the request to be evaluated.

Prior to the meeting, a public hearing was held concerning ownership of the cable television wires, cables and brackets attached to the city utility poles. There was no dispute to the city's claim to the abandoned equipment. It will be free to negotiate the removal or use of the equipment by either CoMo-Connect or Socket for future broadcast installation.

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