City Council held a work session and regular meeting on Tuesday of this week to discuss the following:
1. The City Manager Search Committee provided an update on the current search for a new City Manager. The committee is completing the advertisement packet with the goal of beginning the advertisement in June.
1. Council created a temporary outdoor restaurant seating program for restaurants and bars to gain additional seating lost to restrictions experienced by current social distancing guidelines. Application and program specifics can be found here: xhttps://bit.ly/2TLazK6.
2. In light of financial burden experienced by COVID-19, City Council waived water utility late fees and suspended shut-offs experienced during the first quarter of 2020. Council will review the circumstances each quarter going forward. Water customers are encouraged to continue paying their bills if possible.
3. The US 6 Phase 1 project (eastern city limits to Williams St.) will begin in earnest June 1st with construction starting on June 8th. Also, Council authorized an agreement to allow the contractor to use the former ConAgra site as a staging area during the project.
4. Interim City Manager Mike Spafford provided an update on the re-opening of Nickel Plate Beach. The park is closed through May 31st to allow time to put health and safety regulations in place. Mr. Spafford stated staff is working to complete all of the projects this week to allow the park to open this Saturday, May 30th – an official announcement will be forthcoming.