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Thursday, October 28, 2021

Less Than Desired Turnout for Butler Town Hall Meeting

City Administrator Mike West and the council addressed a group of just over 20 citizens during the much touted Town Hall Meeting held last Thursday evening. Topics covered were water rates, street repairs, airport improvements/repairs and the roughly $800k the city will receive as part of the American Rescue Plan to offset COVID related losses. It is proposed that a portion of the money goes to reimburse the city for the cost of the city hall remodel; grant a $50 utility credit to residents; develop a sensory/handicap park at North Field Park; and use remaining funds to offset the cost of an electronic water meter reading system that will significantly reduce labor required to read meters. From the audience questions included could the incoming ARP money be used as matching funds for a city grant? Unfortunately no. Other public concerns centered around keeping streets swept, solving internet issues and infrastructure concerns related to sewer and water. 

Remember, the Butler city council meets on the first and third Tuesdays 7 pm, upstairs at the Butler city hall.