Each item concerning system upgrades met with approval from the mayor and council, adding up to improved function and efficiency.
The largest item up for vote Thursday was the replacement of pumps at the north and south waste water treatment plants. Each plant holds three pumps for a combined cost of $49,793.
Also approved were additional funds, in the amount of $3,000, for unforeseen complications in the repair of the generator at the water treatment plant and a preventative maintenance agreement for $1,270 a year, good for two years, covering one site visit a year.
"I did a little rough math the other night and we will have put somewhere in the neighborhood of $125,000 over the past nine to 12 months within these plants. That should keep us in really good shape for 15 to 20 years. I think it is a very good investment in our infrastructure," said Mayor Evan King.
The next item discussed Thursday was the first reading of a rezoning request for 1.1 acre on Highway 140 from residential to commercial. Due to a mandatory public hearing that the applicant did not attend, the council voiced its intention to decline the request.
"What happened is, the public hearing was advertised, the adjacent property owners were notified and the applicant didn't show up for the meeting. Members of the public and members of the planning commission had questions and the applicant wasn't here to answer those," said City Manager Pat Crook. "[The commission] couldn't provide a recommendation because they had no information and the public wasn't afforded its public hearing."
Citing rising healthcare costs, the council approved an insurance renewal, which will include changes such as increased deductibles, increased co-pays and contribution requirements from participants.
"Insurance costs are going up everywhere," King said. "Pat and her staff brought this proposal after much work from a 25 percent increase down to a 9.6 percent increase."
The last items approved Thursday were an amendment to the Other Post Employment Benefit plan fixing the dollar amount of the city's contribution and the dates of upcoming holidays for city staff. Christmas and New Year's holidays for city employees will be Dec. 22 and 26, and Jan. 2.