From The Office Of The Mayor
Greetings neighbors and friends:
The Sewer Committee and Public Works met in regards to the sewer lift station and associated underground piping at West Scott and Lotte Streets. It was suspected the existing piping is getting infiltration of storm water thus creating an unwanted burden on the lift station pumps. The Committee recommended to the City Council to camera the piping and identify the problem areas. A proposal would then be submitted to "line" the existing sewer piping affected. This is a safe and cost effective plan that will eliminate the storm water infiltration without tearing up the streets, disrupting day to day events, and in turn lessen the burden on the pumps. Once the "lining" was to be complete, the system would be revisited to verify the actual fix and determine the next step. If apporoved, funding for the "lining project" would come from existing reserves. Sewer Committee Chair Jim Goodin has been working with Public Works and the City Engineer as well as keeping the City Council informed. Thank you Mr. Goodin.
Several weeks ago Sargent Jahns was involved in a police tactic referred to a "pit maneuver." This is a tactic that spins a car from behind thus stopping the vehicle. This maeuver was done while in pursuit of a known felon. This driver was driving at a great rate of speed and recklessly. The driver was not about to stop. The driver had avoided "stop sticks." Innocent bystanders most certainly would have been in harms way. By performing this maneuver, he put himself at risk to save others. Sargent Jahns sustained minor injuries as well as the driver. Both were treated. One was released, the other was not. Thank you for your service Sargent Jahns!
At this writing, the designated streets are being seal coated. For a compleate list please contact Public Works Director Lonnie Robertson.
At this writing, the City Council is looking to add another part time police officer. The hours have been budgeted for. If interesed contact City Hall. Employee Relations/Union Negotiations Chair Bonnie Strong has been working with Blue Grass Police Department as well as keeping the City Council informed. Thank you Mrs. Strong.
The City Council was awarded a $25,000.00 grant towards the purchase of a new squad car. There was a GTSB grant that will pay for additional items. The remaining balance owed will be paid for with money on hand. Finance Committee Chair Sandra Frericks has been working with the Blue Grass Police Department and the City Clerk Ann Schmidt while keeping the City Council informed. Thank you Mrs. Frericks.
With a heavy heart we say farewell to Buffalo Ambulance. Executive Director Phil Jones and staff provided excellent service for many years. Thank you for your service Mr. Jones. Taking the place of Buffalo Ambulance will be Medic. The City of Blue Grass welcomes you and looks forward to a long lasting partnership.
I would like to send a tremendous Thank You to the Blue Grass Community Club. These folks start the planning process in December and are non-stop until the weekend festival arrives. They take a day or two off and then start the planning for the following year. The entire town appreciates you and you commitment to the community!
Don’t forget to adopt our Volunteer Fireman and sign up to provide a simple meal as a way to say thank you for all they do - contact Chief Brian Seamer.
Please plan on attending your City Council Meetings held on the 1stand 3rdMonday of each month. Your input is needed.
Please remember our men and women in uniform; because of what they do and what they have done I am able to write this letter. God bless each and every one of them.
In closing, I would like to add that it is an honor to serve this community. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free contact me at City Hall 381-4700 or the City cell phone 349-1359, or my home phone at 381-2803.
Sincerely, Brinson L. Kinzer, Mayor of the City of Blue Grass