"I met with the new director of construction," McBurnett said. "They do not have a date for it to begin at this time. They are trying to finish up one school and they have already started up another one."
While a tentative schedule did exist, the soil issues on the site, and the resulting tests, forced the contractor to pull that schedule.
Also on the agenda were an emergency amendment to the city's waterworks regulations, the adoption of a new wastewater policy and the adoption of new policy and procedures for the police department's newly acquired Tasers.
The emergency waterworks regulation made it illegal to attach a particular device to water meters in the city. This device sends pulsations through the line and, the manufacturer claims, will keep the meter from reading air in the line. The American Water Works Association, who designates standards for water meters, has found that the device actually cheats the meter. The reconstructed ordinance bans these devices within the Emerson city limits, and was passed unanimously.
The new wastewater measure updated Emerson's policies and procedures for responding to major and minor sewage spills, and it also passed unanimously.
The Emerson Police Department created a policy and procedure for the use of its two new types of Tasers, which were donated to the city. Modeled on national and international standards, the new policy is the final step that allows the police department to start using Tasers. The city council approved the motion.