Pana saves money on new construction – The Breeze-Courier
, 2022-08-09 11:22:24,
Mayor Nathan Pastor lauded the plan and felt, “This is a marvelous project and it will put Pana on the map.”
Both Hicks and Klein spoke favorably about the direction the city has bee taken recently during their presentation. But the next speaker, Miles Stano, a resident of Lake Pana, had a different opinion.
Stan was there to complain about a notice he received regarding the chickens which he has on his lake lot. He said he was told he needed to remove the chickens from his property and the next day, a registered letter from the city indicated he had 14 days to remove the chicken or face daily fines and possible revocation of his lake lot lease.
“This is senseless,” Stano told the Council. “I don’t think this is at all fair.”
He stated city ordinances allow for residents to have “lions, tigers and bears” in captivity in the city, if they are for show or competition.
“How stupid is this?,” he questioned. “The ordinance even refers to chickens as nuisance animals. They are not.”
He suggested part of the problem could be members of the Council itself and called for citizens to elect new members and not re- elect “members who have been on the Council off and on for some 40 years.”
Following a discussion on sidewalk replacement in the city, Council members unanimously not to change the current sidewalk ordinance. If a home owner or business owner wants a sidewalk or have one replace, the resident/owner pays for the labor and the city foots the bill for the concrete.
A provision of a budget for use of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds allocated to the city calls for replacement of curbs and gutters and sidewalks throughout residential areas of town. But Alderman Kirk Woods felt it wasn’t fair for those who had already entered into a sidewalk agreement with the city and paid their share to now just replace the sidewalks at 100 percent city costs.
“What about the people who paid for their sidewalks 20 years ago?,” he said. “Are we going to reimburse those who have paid?”
Pastor didn’t think that would happen, but Woods said, “Believe me, people will complain and it will happen.”
It was decided the ARPA funds would be used for curbs and gutters only.
In other business, the Council voted to approve a $5,000 TIF grant to Echo Response Ambulance Service and to award them a portion of land adjacent to a new location for the services new construction.
Echo is paying $27,500 to have the north wall of the…
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