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By Steve Salins

Lind Town Council continues process for Phase II FEMA Project


The Lind Town Council met for its regularly scheduled meeting on Feb. 26. Councilmembers Richard Baldwin, Jim Dworshak, Myra Horton, Rose Elkington and Kathy Vedder were present along with Mayor Paula Bell and Clerk/Treasurer Kylie Buell.

Steve Nelson from Century West Engineering was present to review the Project Status Update List and answer questions. The Phase II FEMA Project advertised for bids during the week, with a bid opening date of March 27.

That project is to pave 6th, 3rd and I, and provide improvements at the airport. Nelson also stated that contracts will require no construction activity during the week of the Lind Combine Demo Derby. He said that both TIB and FEMA had given approval to proceed with the work.

Regarding high priority general water repairs, Nelson mentioned the large mains and removing meters out of basements along 6th by June 1. He also suggested that since BNSF helped Odessa obtain a snowplow, perhaps they would be able to aid Lind as well.

There was a general discussion about street signs. They will be part of the street improvement project(s). A question arose if there was any consideration of having house numbers visible. A discussion followed where painting on curbs was suggested, but one member recalls laws against curb painting. Another member noted that curbs may be covered over during winter snows. No specific action was taken, however it was noted that the street signs do not have block numbers as in many cities.

Mayor Bell mentioned that councilmembers need to read and discuss certain segments of the proposed Policies and Procedures draft. The attorney has not yet made a specific report on legal observations about the document.

The Finance Committee submitted warrants between Feb. 12 and Feb. 25 totaling $14,480.16. Council approved payment and also approved payment of outstanding invoices in the amount of $3,842.55.

Councilmember Kathy Vedder will be taking a leave of absence of four months. The Council discussed the need to make changes on the signature card at the bank as well as to identify a mayor pro-tem during Vedder’s absence. In the end, Rose Elkington agreed to fill the mayor pro-tem position for a normal six-month term. Myra Horton agreed to take over the Finance Committee work. The Council gave formal approval for both changes.

The February meeting was adjourned at 7:30 p.m. The next Lind Town Council meeting will be held on March 12 at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall.


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