Council members listened to village Administrator Charley Bowman as he presented various issues from his report. Bowman talked about the need to put out bids for a new dump truck, as the old vehicle is not functioning properly.
The village is scheduled to replace it next year, but Bowman informed council that the truck is having engine problems, and the bed is completely rusted through. As the total amount for repairs would be $15,000, Bowman asked to move up the purchase of a new truck to this year.
Council members approved the idea, allowing Bowman to begin seeking bids for a new truck. The budget for the truck is $55,000.
Bowman also spoke to council about work that needs done on both Maplewood Drive and Sally Buffalo Park. Bowman said in the case of Maplewood Drive, the village is bidding a waterline replacement and paving projects, as the road has serious drainage issues that can’t be fixed with a simple repaving.
Bowman told council that his revised plans include a number of stormwater catch basins and asphalt curbs to guide water away from residential yards.
The work will also necessitate the changing of the pavement type on the street.
The project is scheduled to bid at the end of the month, and Bowman estimates that the changes will increase the cost of the project considerably, although he could not provide an exact figure at the meeting.
At Sally Buffalo Park, he and Park Manager Scott Porter have found electrical and water issues at Camp Area C, causing the park to close that area to additional campers until an estimate for a water line replacement is obtained. Bowman said the issues are caused by three waterlines of different sizes in the area.
Porter told Bowman that the final electrical work should be done by November.
“It’s significant because we think there’s usually 80 spaces rented at $500 a month, so that’s some significant loss in revenue for us,” Bowman said.
In other business, Police Chief Ryan McCann showed council members the new policy book for Cadiz police officers, helping teach them how to perform their duties and keep village residents safe. In addition to the office copy kept by McCann, each full-time officer in the department will receive their own copy of the book for personal use.
The chief said that the “whole book has been revamped,” and that upon receiving the books officers must sign a statement that they have received the book, and must sign another form within 30 days to indicate they have read the book and understand the policies in it.
Cadiz Village Council will next meet at 7 p.m. Aug. 3 at the municipal building on Court Street.