Warsaw City Board Honors Dave Williams

By: 
Homer May
County Reporter
Warsaw City Board convened at 6 PM May 6, with long time Alderman Dave Williams absent due to his recent demise. The group observed a moment of silence before conducting business. Aldermen present were Eric Masoner, Adam Howe, Terry Marshall Sr., Eric Flores. Alderman Lou Breshears was absent. Mayor Eddie Simons presided, City Clerk Jessica Kendall recorded. First action by the group was to approve the agenda and minutes of an April 15 meeting, then okay payment of bills presented.
Lynette Stokes, Director, Benton County Tourism, invited attendees to meet the Benton County Tourism & Recreation Board May 9, 5-7 PM at the Landing Bistro, to help celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week. She said visitors would learn about Benton County’s tourism-related efforts, with free appetizers provided. Also, information was received that the City’s Municipal Swimming Pool, 1009 W. Jackson St., will have a May 25 grand opening for the summer season, preceded by a 5-7 PM May 22 opportunity to meet and greet the lifeguards at the Pool. The public is invited.
Under new business, and with approval of the Board, Mayor Simons appointed Alderman Flores as Mayor Pro-Tem; Mayor Simons and Aldermen Marshall and Breshears to the Finance Committee; Aldermen Flores, Masoner and Howe to the Police Commission; Aldermen Masoner and Howe to the Parks and Rec Committee; Alderman Howe as Golf Liaison; Alderman Marshall as Planning and Zoning Liaison; Alderman Breshears and Flores to the Public Works Committee; and appointed Kathi Gatliff to the Parks and Rec Committee. The group also reappointed City Attorney Cale Haddock and City Clerk Kendall.
Aldermen then approved two resolutions: the first continuing membership by the City in the Kaysinger Basin Regional Planning Commission; the second seeking funding through a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant for downtown improvements. Continuing new business, Aldermen approved five ordinances: (1) changing some boundaries in wards 1 and 3 due to population changes in those areas; (2) authorizing a $395,453 contract with Do-Rite Construction Company for Main St. improvements from Ferry St. to Seminary St. (3) authorizing a 100% grant project with Do-Rite for new parking and sidewalks on Main St.; (4) extending a lease with Warsaw Leathernecks Marine Corps Detachment #1254 for office and meeting space; (5) a contract between the City and Burns and McConnell Engineers to perform a storm water study for the Town Branch. About $201,500 costs will be shared, 60 % federal, 40 % local The study is said to address all concerns as storm water makes its way through the City.
In late session, the group considered fishing restrictions for safety concerns, in the Drake Harbor area. City Administrator Randy Pogue will bring proposed regulations to the next meeting. The Administrator also mentioned he will put out for bid needed repairs to the Community Building. The group agreed. They also okayed expanded membership in the Whiteman AFB Leadership Council, at a minimal cost. And, in late session, the group agreed to participation in a joint website between the City, Chamber of Commerce, and the Tourism group, with the Calgon Co., which will be providing assistance with marketing this area, with a small increase in yearly website fees.
The group went into executive session about 7:10 PM. 
Visitors are welcome at the open sessions, usually held on 1st and 3rd Monday eves, but check with City Hall (Ph: 660-438- 5522), for current information.

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