Stefanie Cope

Staff Writer

The Columbus Police Department’s new car is finally up and running.

Columbus Police Chief Chuck Sharp told the City Council Monday night the department had to take the car back to Mike Carpino Ford to have mudflaps and the bug shields installed. He spoke with the service manager who was trying to contact the Kansas Highway Patrol to see how KHP had installed the wig-wag lights and sirens on their cars.

The car had come without the the lights and sirens installed.

On the afternoon of March 8, Mike Carpino called Sharp and told him he had figured out how to install the lights and sirens. Carpino told City Attorney Robert Myers that the car came equipped with the correct wiring harness to hook up the siren and the wig-wag lights, but that it was going to cost an additional $1,300.  Sharp told the Columbus City Council, that the police department figured out how to hook up the wig-wag lights and sirens themselves for a little over $100.

Joseph Sinnett, the community relations manager for Kansas Gas Service, asked the council to renew their franchise with a 10 year contract. The 10 year contract has a five year renewal at which time they council can discuss if there are any problems with the service. Franchise fees will be five percent. The city previously had a 20 year agreement with Kansas Gas Service. The council approved this motion.

Jeff Simpson, of the local Masonic Lodge, asked the council to shut down the street east of the lodge driveway to Maple street for a car show and pancake feed from 7 to 10 a.m. April 16. The council decided there needed to be a route left open for emergency vehicles so only one side fo the street will be shut down.

City Superintendent Jim Burton said Farmer‘s Co-op General Manager Machelle Shouse wanted to put in a culvert at the south end of the vacant property the Co-op owns.

The property is going to be used to add two more towers to the grain elevator. The council approved the work.

Burton said the pool grates have been broken during the winter season by rocks being thrown into the pool. The pool can not operate without these pool grates. One had already been ordered. Burton told the council he would be ordering another one for a total of $1,200.

Burton said the pool budget had $5,000 for five chairs and five lounges this year. He found out it was going to cost less than originally thought for the chairs and lounges. He asked the council to approve getting 10 chairs and 10 lounges so they wouldn’t have to budget for those next year. The council approved with a majority vote.

After hearing estimates for a new 40 inch mower and a new 60 inch mower for the city the council decided to purchase a 61 inch snapper mower from R.W.’s Tri-state Mower and Saw Shop for $5,466.77 and a 40 inch Gravelly mower from Mosler and Hatfield Outdoor Power Equipment for $3,357.82.

In other business, the council:

• Approved step pay increases for Shane Brooks, Daniel Martin, Stephen Mattice, Michael McCormick, Andrew Estrada and Joe Carlson.

• Approved hiring the following lifeguards for the 2011 season, Lacie Hale, Allie Fouts, Maeleigh Soper, Alysha Spatafora, Collin Torchia, Jessica Dunlap, Carly Hill, Makenna Billesback, Taylor Bole, Emilie Curry, Christopher Gurney, Katelyn Overman, Reagan Soper, Timothy Thomas and Addison Torchia.

• Approved hiring the following pool attendants for the 2011 season, Jenna Ferraro, Katherine Paradee and Ryleigh Schoech.

• Approved waiting to take bids on the bathroom to see how much it would cost Coffeyville College construction program to re-do the public bathrooms at the park.

• Approved hiring children 16 and older for seasonal help with the city as long as they have proper training.