Council to Honor Veterans, Green Thumbs, Consider Teamsters Contract, Deliveries Change

 11/03/2013 - 17:04

Saline City Council meets Monday night at City Hall.

At 7 p.m., before the meeting, Mayor Brian Marl and City Council host a reception for local veterans and their families. When the meeting begins, veterans will be honored at a ceremony.

Winners of the Green Thumb Award, which go to people with the best gardens and most beautifully landscaped properties, will also be honored Monday.

There are several action items on council's agenda.

Teamsters Contract

Council will likely go into executive session to discuss ratifying a contract with the city workers represented by Teamsters Local 214, which represents DPW and Rec Center employees.

South Ann Arbor Street Deliveries Change

Council will also consider Police Chief Larry Hrinik's recommendation to post a traffic order that would prohibit delivery trucks from loading and unloading in front of 100 S. Ann Arbor St. between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The owners of Benito's Pizza complained the large delivery trucks parking in front of their business and requested action to relieve the problem. Chief Hrinik contacted owners of Mac's, Brecon Grille, Mangiamo's, My Favorite Cafe, Maureen's Designs and Waggles N Whiskers about their delivery schedules. Based on delivery schedules provided by two owners, it was determined that the problem could be minimized by prohibiting deliveries in front of Benito's between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Regular parking would be allowed between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Money For Wastewater Treatment Plant Project

Council will consider paying its first payment of $280,000 to the contractor working on the waste water treatment plant project. Due to problems with the contractor's insurance documents, the project has been delayed. It was scheduled to begin in July and finish in November. Instead, it began in September and won't be completed until the end of February. The project s till falls well within the 365-day contractual period.

Varsity Blues Raffle

Varsity Blues, a non-profit show choir featuring three casts made up of local students, is asking city council for a raffle license. Varsity Blues is holding two raffles for $1,000 gift cards to raise funds for the high school group's summer tour. The raffles take place from Dec. 1 to Dec. 13, the state of holiday concert, and from Feb. 1 to Feb. 13.

Savage Scout Project at Wilderness Park

Ethan Savage, of Boy Scout Troop 446, is seeking council's permission to make several improvements at Wilderness Park. As part of his Eagle Scout project, Savage plans to recreate the trail map, install 10 trail markers, and install two new benches.

Water Bill Late Penalty Policy

City council will consider adopting a resolution that spells out a new policy on penalties and fees for late water bills. If adopted, late fees will be 10 percent of the billed amount, up to $1,000. A .75 percent interest rate will be charged one month after the date is unpaid. A $75 administrative charge will attached to any delinquent accounts transferred to the county with delinquent taxes. Anyone charged late fees can appeal to the city treasurer, instead of city council. The treasurer may rescind the fee once during the life of an account.

Tran Longmoore
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