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Code Officer submits resignation
PANA — Pana City Council members took action on sev- eral dilapidated properties during their regular meeting on Monday night in the Council Chamber of Pana City Hall. Seven of the eight alderman were present with Alderman Kirk Woods absent.
In addition, the Council was given a letter of resignation from Code Enforcement Officer A. J. Wiss. He handed the resignation letter to council members near the close of the meeting.
Most of the properties to be taken control of are on Washington St. (Route 29) just west of Locust. They are at 5 and 7 East Washington with another property at 8 W. Olive. In the resolution, members accepted the deed from Elizabeth Schneedle in lieu of foreclosure. The city had several liens on the property. Another deed was accepted on the Wilson/Groll property, which is situated near the city garage on Elm St.
Once the city has control of the properties, they will be slated for demolition of the structures which are on the properties, according to Alderman Kent Sims who chairs the Economic Development Committee. He also reported asbestos con- tamination reports on four Pana buildings have been received. Buildings sched- uled for demo include the former J. C. Penney, Azteca Restaurant and Tan Lines Salon.
In his resignation letter, Wiss stated the city had done more in the past two years to clean up Pana and take acquisition of derelict buildings. However, he went on to state, “This productivity and success has been critically hampered by micro-management by assignment of nuisance tasks and diversion from the time necessary to accomplish the goals of this office.”
His resignation was effective immediately.
While the resignation was submitted to members, no action was taken.
In other business, the Council approved Payment Order 16 on the spillway, intake tower and improve- ments to the city’s water treatment plant in the amount of just over $178,000.
They also approved a change order for the water treatment plant project to include several improvements which were not previously included in the plan. Among the projects are a new generator control panel, replacement of the electrical box in the clairicone build- ing, four safety buoys around the intake tower and a lake level gauge. Cost is almost $65,000. Ben Spreen with Benton and Associates which is the engineering firm overseeing the project, said there was close to $100,000 in grant fund money not spent in the original scope of the project, so that money would have to be refunded to the USDA program. He also sub- mitted a statement from his firm in the amount of $23,000 in the form of cost over-runs on engineering of the project.
The Council approved trick or treat nights for the city as Saturday and Sunday evenings, Oct. 30 and 31, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. both nights. They also approved a request to allow a Halloween Costume Parade in Kitchell Park on Thursday evening, Oct. 28. Eliza Coleman made the request and said she had several local business to support the event.
Also approved was a disc golf tournament to be held on Oct. 31 on the course in Kitchell Park.
City Engineer Greg Holthaus reported the leak in the municipal swimming pool has not been located yet. He said the pool has been lowered below the intakes and it is still holding water. If they cannot locate the leak, they intend to drain the pool then pressurize the drain line with air to look for the leak.
The meeting adjourned at 7:31 p.m. Next meeting of the Pana City Council is Monday, Oct. 25, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of Pana City Hall, 120 East Third St.