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Aledo kills beekeeping ordinance

Aledo kills beekeeping ordinance

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ALEDO — Aldermen on Monday voted down a proposed beekeeping ordinance, 6-1, that would have required a $25 registration fee.

Ald. Jay Doherty, Ward 4, was the only vote in favor of the ordinance.

The ordinance would have required all hives to pass a state inspection and meet requirements already established by the state. An amended ordinance charging only a $5 registration fee for beekeeping also was voted down.

In other business, the board had the first reading of an ordinance to secure a $1 million loan from local banks for city hall renovations. The city is working with all local bank branches with the loan administered through BankOrion. As proposed, the terms of the loan will be prime minus 1 percent, currently 3.75 percent. The final payment will be due December 2027 with no prepayment penalty.

Aledo City Administrator Erin Knackstedt said the city chose to use bank loans instead of bonds for two reasons. The ability to prepay makes it a less costly option and cheaper because of how it was set up.

FInal action on the measure is expected at the May 21 city meeting.

The council accepted a $16,500 professional services agreement with Klingner & Associates as part of a project to replace a water main on SW 9th Street. The bid was $21,700 below a competing bid from Hutchison Engineering.

The project originally was budgeted at $25,000 as part of the 2018 Capital Improvement Program. The work is planned for 2019.

Aledo Police Chief Chris Sullivan reported 215 pounds of medication were taken in during National Drug Takeback Day, April 28. He also said a fundraiser at Ariana’s Cafe for the department’s collaborative Explorer program with high school students brought in $400.

Aldermen also approved:

  • A $6,483 change to exterior renovations at city hall to replace mismatched brick above the north entrance.
  • A request from Randy Franks to vacate a city-owned street right-of-way on a portion of NW 7th street. The parcel will be split between 615 NW 8th Ave. and 702 NW 9th Ave.
  • A $12,476 project by Puckett Concrete and Construction to remove and replace the intersection of SW 2nd Avenue and SW 5th Street as part of the 2018 Capital Improvement Program budget.
  • A $6,000 sludge profile of the city’s lagoons with Action Environmental, per the approved 2018 Capital Improvement Program budget.
  • A total of $43,750 for the next phase of the downtown street and sidewalk reconstruction project with IMEG Corp. The work, on a section of College Avenue in front of city hall, is set to start Aug. 27 and be done by Oct. 12.
  • A bid from National Wash Authority for $10,800 for water tower maintenance and exterior cleaning and
  • $2,580 for inspection of the towers.
  • A may 28 street closure at 10:45 a.m. for the Memorial Day Parade sponsored by the Aledo American Legion Post 121. The parade will leave the former Aledo Junior High building at 205 N. College and move south to the Aledo Central Park Bandshell.

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