Pierz City Council Briefs

At Monday’s meeting, the Pierz City Council:

  • Approved the appointment of Dan Rocheleau as assistant fire chief for the city’s volunteer Fire Department, upon the recommendation of Fire Chief Chris Young and the hiring committee. Rocheleau has served as training officer for the past two years;
  • Approved two concrete permits, one for Holy Trinity School to replace sidewalks and a cement pad by the playground and one for Philip Scribner to replace the sidewalk along his house and add a patio to the back;
  • Approved a request from Public Works Supervisor Bob Otremba to replace the back door at City Hall with a commercial door and panic bar, at a cost of $2,691.50;
  • Approved the $6,300 bid from Payment Resources to do some spray patching on Kamnic Street and First Avenue South;
  • Learned from Otremba he had a bid for $22,637.60 from Miracle Recreation Equipment Company to replace playground equipment and surfacing at the American Legion Park. Otremba said it would take four to five weeks to get the equipment, and if it seems to be too late to install it, it will be installed in the spring. The price includes the help of one of the staff members at the company. Otremba said volunteer help would be appreciated, but would be helpful to have a professional on hand as well;
  • Learned from Otremba that the Public Works Commission narrowed the choices for automatic water readers to one vendor. He plans to start an inventory on the number of meters needed during the next month’s meter reading, for the exact number needed. Otremba said the meters will most likely be installed in the spring or early summer;
  • Approved a request by Dave Hammond, a resident on Ronald Avenue, to use a privacy screen instead of installing a slat fence as was approved via variance last year. The Council said Hammond has until Aug. 28 to get the privacy screening into place; and
  • Set the preliminary budget hearing for Monday, Aug. 28, at 6 p.m., prior to the start of the regular meeting at 7 p.m.