Wednesday MP City Council MeetingWritten by Anna Greiner on January 15, 2015
The Mt. Pleasant City Council met in regular session Wednesday night. The council accepted the Mayor’s recommendation to reappoint Bob Griffith and Patricia File to the city board of adjustment and to appoint Dana Holmstrom to replace Jack Edwards on that board. Edwards declined to be reappointed. Jeff Thomas was reappointed to the Historic Preservation Commission. Paul Tinder was appointed to a three year term on the commission. He had been previously appointed to fill the unexpired term of Don Young. There is still one more seat to fill on the commission. Anyone who is interested may call Mayor Brimhall. The mayor, Alan Huisinga and Dan McCabe will continue to serve on the Economic Development Commission.
Mayor Brimhall was authorized to sign a two year contract with the Benefitted Fire District. The district will pay the city $45,336 the first year of the contract for service. The amount for the second year is unknown since it fluctuates depending on things like the number of calls and population.
The council agreed to amend the Building and Zoning Administrator’s salary. Jack Swarm will receive an additional $2,000 since he has obtained his certified license to do electrical inspections for the city on commercial and industrial projects. The former inspector, Earl Reynolds was recognized for his service. Earl began working for the Mt. Pleasant Utilities in 1957 and became the electrical inspector in 1974.
In other business, the city council approved an engineering services agreement with Warner Engineering. The firm will design and over see the construction of South Prairie Street to be located east of HyVee. The council also approved renaming the portion of 235th Street located in the city limits off Iris. It will be called Blue Grass Road. Local historians Pat White and Elizabeth Garrels made the suggestion after learning that back in 1917 Blue Grass Road was registered with the State Highway Commission. The route crossed the entire state and ran east and west across Henry County. It entered Mt. Pleasant from New London on 235th, turned south at Iris and proceeded into Mt. Pleasant on East Monroe.