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4/13/2017 10:11:00 AM
City approves appraising N. Madison lots it bought
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One of the city of Robinson's newest property purchases was approved for appraisal at Tuesday's city council meeting.

Alderman Russell Sinclair asked the council during the meeting for the appraisal of the parcels at 1204 and 1206 N. Madison. The lots were purchased by the city last month.

"We need to have these lots appraised in order to get them sold," Sinclair said.

Sinclair also asked the opinion of City Attorney Frank Weber if it would be a good idea to also have an appraisal performed on the city's Tampa Street property. Weber responded that motion is a little premature and will probably go to trial, leaving no action until a later time. The council approved the motion to appraise the property, which is currently an abandoned lot with a shed.

The shed, Superintendent of Public Works Lawrence Quick explained, will be demolished and the remains taken to a dumpster when it is finished.

Quick also asked for council approval to add a new storm sewer pipe near the first hole at Quail Creek Country Club. A few years ago a galvanized culvert was removed near the hole because it taken on too much water.

Alderman Troy Pinkston informed the council that one of Quick's sledge press pumps went out recently and a new one is needed. The search for a new pump was already underway before the incident with $10,000 earmarked for it in next year's budget.

Quick said he found one on USA Blue Book that will only cost $4,200. The council approved the motion and the pump will arrive in two to four weeks.

"Now that area is watered out, washed up and we need to put a new pipe in," Quick said.

Quick said that it would take 210 feet of 18-inch pipe to make the changes. He has found one at the cost of $2,244. Quick's department will handle the installation, which will make installation costs unnecessary.

The Robinson Police Department will be advertising for a new secretary this month. The council granted the department permission to advertise for the position beginning today until April 26.

The council also motioned to give the department permission to apply for a new squad car grant. Chief Chad Weaver said that this will be budgeted for the next fiscal year.

"Sarah Mann (executive director) of the Greater Wabash Planning Commission is offering this grant to offset the cost for a new squad car," Chief Weaver said. "This will offset the cost by about 30 percent."

Parks Superintendent Mike Shimer also informed the council that everything is set for Saturday's Easter Egg Hunt at Washington Park.

"I'd like to thank the Robinson Elks Club for loaning us an Easter bunny costume for the day and we've found a 6-foot-6 volunteer to wear it," Shimer said. "The weather looks like its good and it should be a great day."

The hunt will begin at 11 a.m., but everyone is welcome to arrive at 10 a.m. for hot dogs and drinks.

The council also approved two hires for the street department pending physical and drug tests. A motion for payment of $6,991.57 to Connor and Connor for motor fuel tax was also approved.

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