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Thursday, October 28, 2021

Grant to Help With Unexpected City Expense

photo courtesy Prolook Studio
All members present except Sargent for the regular Butler city council meeting Oct. 19th

The council approved a conditional use permit allowing Medicalodge on east Nursery street to install a new lighted sign for their facility. Work is expected to be completed soon.

Some time was devoted to the replacement of the police radio console in the dispatch center as it has become quite unreliable and due to age, parts are hard to find. A replacement unit is sought and the city will be guaranteed the lowest bid price due to the nature of a USDA grant that will help pay for it.  Of the estimated $85,000 minimum cost, the city will only have to pay 25% of the total thanks to the grant.

The city has been asked if it can supply electric service to a property located just south of the city limits as the owner says due to the location, Osage Valley would be quite expensive due to the length of lines needed to be run. The short answer is yes, however providing utilities outside an annexed area can create issues according to the city attorney. There will be a special meeting regarding this matter at 6 pm ahead of the next regular council meeting on November 2nd.
The remodel at city hall is running a bit behind, however progress is visible as city hall is again open to the public after a COVID scare. The new design will allow for safer transactions with customers and work is expected to be complete by December.

A fire inspection was ordered for the new Burger King on west 52 highway meaning construction is nearly complete and hopefully you’ll be able to get a Whopper within a few weeks.

A concrete island on Country Club Terrace will be removed as it has become a problem for vehicles, especially in Winter. Originally the island was home to a lighted sign but over the years that too had been struck by vehicles and is no longer in place. Crews will begin removing the roughly 4 inch high oil-pan-busting hazard soon.

The Butler city council meets on the first and third Tuesdays 7 pm upstairs at city hall. The public is highly encouraged to attend.