Patrick Richardson

Managing Editor

The search for a new city administrator to replace Evan Capron who retired earlier this year was voted down 3-to-7 at Monday night’s city council meeting.

Councilmen Steve Dunlap, Doug Hosier and Grant Speith all voted to begin the search with council members Virgil Buckner, Nick Lucian, Jerri Burton, Rodney Oels, Hollie Young, John Paradee and Gary Smith all voting against the motion.

In addition the heat wave claimed another casualty of sorts at the Columbus City Building when it was discovered the air conditioning unit for the Columbus City Council Chambers went out. In addition the heat claimed the ice maker at the city barn.

The council voted Monday night to purchase a new AC unit from Commercial Heat and Air for $7,557 and to increase the spending limit on City Superintendent Jim Burton’s city credit card by $2,000 for the month of August only in order to purchase a new ice maker. The cost of the ice maker is about $2,100.

The council also opened asphalt bids for street resurfacing work planned for this summer. The bid from Tri-State Asphalt was accepted, not to exceed the $100,000 budgeted for the project.

In other business, the council:

• Voted to pay up to $75 for a pizza party for the city pool workers at the end of the season.

• Voted to donate a light bar which is no longer being used by the Columbus Fire Department to the West Mineral Fire Department.

• Voted to form a CFD Women’s Auxillary to support the firefighters.

• Voted to purchase new bunker gear for CFD.

The next Columbus City Council meeting will be 6:30 p.m. August 15 at city hall.