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Bethany Council Holds Reorganizational Meeting

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Bethany’s Board of Aldermen sworn new council members and held their reorganization meeting Monday night. The new mayor Lance Johns took the oath of office. Dan Robertson was elected to a position in the East Ward. Tom McFall took an oath of office following the final decision of the previous council approving his appointment to extend the one-year term for the seat previously held by Randy Brejnik. The council also approved Randy Mann as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Neita Schroff as City Clerk.

City Administrator Jacob Taylor announced that the Missouri Department of Natural Resources has approved the relocation for the EV charging station described at the previous meeting. The DNR has indicated that the charging station could almost be completed by July.

Administrator Taylor also announced a relocation of the BioDump facility. The new location will now be the location of the salt and sand mixing plant in the northeast of the city. The site move will take place sometime next year after new gate and security measures are in place. Taylor says the city has $ 267,000 in restricted solid waste funding that could be available for the move.

Administrator Taylor also says the city plans to use Nodaway County as a template for Bethany’s distribution of COVID-19 relief funds. The Nodaway Council made small grants as part of its distribution model. The city plans to receive part of the funds in May. All funds granted are approved by the Bethany Board of Aldermen. The funds could be used for water / sanitation works and broadband. Currently, city street funding is not seen as a viable use of the funding.

It was announced that TriState Carports had purchased the old Bridewell prison building and applied for city permission to use new concrete on Roleke Drive at TriState’s expense. The city will give permission. Construction inspector Norman Newlin will oversee the operation on behalf of the city.

The council was made aware of some problems with the drainage of 30th Street. There is a plan of action to correct the problems.

Several citizens have reached out to the city to develop a walking tour of Bethany. The city will be reaching out to the Department of Transportation for interstate signage to encourage visitors to stop and visit historic parts of Bethany. The information is also published on the city’s website.

Insurance changes for city workers have also been approved, as requested by Administrator Taylor.

A specific offer for the gas and electricity company was approved by Bennett and Wilmes. R / S Electric has been approved for an electrical maintenance contract.

Howe Engineering has been approved for an on-call engineering employment contract.

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