During their April 13 board of aldermen meeting, Hallsville’s elected officials discussed hiring another city employee, concerns about curbside recycling and park activities.
Votes taken included:
- Hiring the firm of Gerding, Korte and Chitwood to perform the next city audit
- Retaining ImmenseImpact to upgrade the city of Hallsville website
- Approving a new irrigation agreement with the Martin Farm which includes night-time irrigation
The aldermen discussed complaints received regarding curbside recycling and how it is not being picked up. Also, according to the city’s draft minutes of the meeting: “Residents are complaining that they can only curbside recycle plastic and tin and not able to recycle fiber but they are still paying for that service.”
The aldermen also heard from Bryan Schultz, chief of the Hallsville Police Department regarding hiring a part-time city employee as code-enforcement notification officer.
Schultz said Boone County firefighter Barrett Knox had volunteered to do the job for free. Howver, Schultz said that was not feasibile for insurance reasons. According to the minutes, Barrett is willing to work part time for minimum wage, Schultz said, “fielding code violation calls
and posting violation notices, as well as managing those notices. In addition, he will be responsible for producing notifications that need to be written and mailed to non-resident property owners.”
After discussion, which included why a current city employee could not perform the tasks and if it should fall under the police department, Carter and the board asked City Administrator Kenyetta Ridgway-Sample to research how other cities fill the position and make a report during the aldermen’s May meeting.
Schultz also gave his monthly police department report. He said The department issued 28 summons issued for the month and dealt with no accidents. He also said the HPD participated in the state’s St. Patrick’s DUI enforcement campaign.
In other business Ridgway-sample said the Hallsville Park Board was interested in spending the money not spent on Easter candy this year on another event. She said they were considering a “Walk a Mile” event later this year and wanted to purchase approximately 100 water bottles to give away at the event. They also agreed to let the Park Board research holding a contest for a logo for Hallsville parks.