Council conducts little business

2 council members absent

Staff writer

With Mayor Larry Larsen, council president Travis Wilson, and council member Megan Gallucci absent, the three remaining council members at Monday’s meeting chose to defer several items, even though they constituted a quorum.

No action was taken on review and discussion of a sample charter ordinance to move spring elections of city officials to fall and adjust appointment lengths accordingly.

Acceptance of a compensation offer of $35,000 by Union Pacific Railroad to close “A” Street near the UPRR intersection with Burlington-Northern Santa Fe Railroad was postponed.

Neither an executive session for discussion of non-elected personnel nor an executive session for discussion with city attorney Rob Lane in attorney-client relationship were cause for action once council members returned to regular session.

Discussion was had about the need to either repair or remove an aging concrete-block building at Peabody City Park that was formerly a restroom, but is now used for storage. No action was taken.

In other business, the council learned that Marion County Emergency Management and Marion County Commissioners approved a $200 donation to Peabody Municipal Pool for the purchase of life vests.

Zach Stephey, Eagle Scout candidate, presented a proposal to council members for painting city fire hydrants on Walnut, Sycamore, and Maple Sts. from 9th St. south to 1st St. The job will fulfill requirements for an Eagle Scout public service project.

Council members accepted his offer. Stephey will have the project completed in the fall. The city will provide paint and brushes.

The meeting was conducted by council member Steve Rose.

Last modified Aug. 11, 2016