By Stephanie Malench
The Highland City Council met on January 19 instead of the 18th due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
Mayor Michaelis issued a proclamation declaring January 24-30 School Choice Week.
An application was approved by the city council for the Masonic Lodge to close off 9th Street at Walnut for one way traffic to Pestalozzi St. for carry out order traffic for their Sausage Supper on February 14 from 10:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
During requests of the Council, several council members mentioned they had been approached by local businesses that were declined for the e-commerce grant or do not have the staff for e-commerce grant orders on whether or not there would be another grant available from the city for assistance.
The City will look into it, but said that it was not necessary for businesses to take online payments just online orders.
Under new business, one ordinance was passed declaring items of personal property surplus and authorizing their sale or disposal, including computer monitor, keyboards, mice and printers, a desk, copiers, and more. A second ordinance related to surplus property was passed authorizing the sale or disposal of 26 lights, 18 lighting poles, and all attached wiring at Chevron Commercial.
Chevron wishes to purchase new LED lights for the property and take over ownership of the poles and pay the electric charges instead of renting from the city. A resolution approving the contract between the city and Chevron Commercial was approved.
The council also approved a resolution to purchase four, family-style concrete restrooms from CXT for the new Plaza Park on Main St. for $142,330, including all options selected by the city and crane service (not provided by McCann Precast, the low bidder at $115,000). CXT also manufactured the comfort stations at Glik Park and Silver Lake Park.
Funding will come from the city’s comfort station tax ($72,000) and Economic Development money.
A third ordinance was approved rezoning property at 1210 Zschokke St. from a single-family residential property to C-2 Central Business District so that the second unit of the two unit apartment building can be used as a hair salon.
A resolution was passed to waive bidding procedures and approve the purchase of a bucket truck that was approved in last year’s budget. The original amount set aside was $145,000 but because they have been renting the truck 80% of the rental price is applied to the purchase bringing the balance to $134,245.
The final resolution approved was renewing the contract between Highland Communication Services and Nexstar for video content.