By GENE ESPY
The Menlo City Council met for the first time this year Tuesday and installed a new councilman and re-installed a councilman and the mayor.
Cara Cabe and Chuck Powell were sworn in as council members and Mayor Teresa Canada was sworn in for another term. Powell is also the city’s Mayor Pro Tem.
Committees were assigned and are as follows: Water and Sewer – Vanhorn, Canada and Mitchell; Security – Vanhorn, Powell and Settoon; Beautification – Cabe, Mitchell and Settoon; Budget – all council members; and, Streets – Cabe, Powell and Canada.
The council heard a request from Allen Keen about an alleyway at Edison Street. After hearing his request for gravel on an area that has drainage problems, the council said they first wanted to see if a tile to be installed would fix the problem and check on the cost of doing the work.
Joseph Culbert then addressed the council on the possibility of extending city water lines to the old Garvin Farm. The family plans on making some major renovations and adding attractions for the area.
The council also heard an update on the problems they were having with fire hydrants and heard a company would be helping get the hydrants back in working order.
A report on the old bank/new city hall building was made. The new building is almost ready with some minor plumbing and electrical work to be completed.
The council had previously said the move would be ready to be made in January but decided that it would move after needed work is completed by the clerk and city.
By GENE ESPY