Yuma City Council met twice last week – Yuma Pioneer

The Lake Yuma Project was back before the Yuma City Council during its regular session last week.
It had to do with the new sward laid as part of the bank stabilization measures and the need to expand the sprinkler system to water the new grass.

The approximately $ 500,000 project, which included a new ventilation system in the lake, is covered 50 percent by a grant from the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA), including the additional costs for the extended irrigation.
City manager Scott Moore told the city council last week that the project’s technical plan does not have this and the city that should have it. Nevertheless, the new sprinkler system had to be installed, as the new lawn withered quickly in the summer heat, at least around half of the lake, which receives most of the sun during the day. It turned out that keeping the project alive was not part of the contract with Solitude Lake Management.
Evergreen Landscaping did the sprinkler work for $ 15,020. Half of the costs are covered by the grant. Moore was asked by council members if the dead sward would come back. He said some have said it will while others don’t.
The council unanimously approved the payment of Evergreen.
Mayor Ron Swehla and council members Marc Shay, Dan Baucke, Daniel Ebersole and Tim McClung were present. Councilors Marylu Smith-Dischner and Steve Hoch were absent.

NAPA alley
The closure of half of Ostgasse in the 300 block of S. Main St. took some time last week.
NAPA’s University Auto Parts is spending most of this week moving from its downtown location to the former Fastenal building on Highway 34.
Moore told council that University Auto Parts requested to close half of the alley from Sept. 14-17 during the move. He suggested calling a special meeting later last week after he had all the details.
This special meeting took place last Thursday, attended by Swehla, Shay, Baucke and Hoch.
University Auto Parts called for the northern half of the alley to be closed during the move.
It has been questioned whether it would be better just to close the whole alley.
Police Chief Jerry Thompson was asked for his opinion. He said he thought it would be sufficient to close only the northern half.
Council members noted that it would be best to leave the mailboxes behind the Yuma Post Office south of there, as people would have room to turn around and exit the alley instead of blocking the mail boxes . Baucke noted that he still wanted the outside mailboxes returned to their former transit location on the south side of the post office.
The council eventually voted 4-0 to close only the northern half of the alley during the company’s move.

Back to the regular meeting
At last week’s regular meeting, the council approved the renewal of the liquor license for Nelson Inn and La Cabaña del Amigo.
The council discussed the renewal of the city health insurance.
Moore told the council that health coverage through CEBT would be 2 percent for 2022, which equates to a new cost of $ 12,168. Moore was asked if the city had ever looked for other health insurance plans. He replied that it was two to three years ago but noted that it was difficult to compare covers and at the time it was felt that CEBT was a good company to stick with.
The council unanimously approved the renewal of health insurance for 2022.

A motion to close the road by St. John’s Catholic Church last Sunday, September 12th, was approved.
A purchase of more than $ 5,000 for the Yuma Volunteer Fire Department has been approved.

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