Wykoff council takes up deer
carcass, names new city park
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 10:26 AM
Wykoff's city council dealt with some literally bony issues during its April meeting held Monday, April 14.
Wykoff residents Jim and Diane Petrich attended the meeting to show the council photographs of a neighbor's yard, citing that the neighbor has had a deer carcass hanging in his garage - visible to anyone from the street - since last fall. The Petriches also reported that their neighbor allowed deer parts to fall into their yard, and that they had had enough of the fallout and the smell.
The council thanked the couple for bringing a formal complaint to the city, as doing so gave the council authority to send a letter to the landlord, the tenant and the sheriff's department.
In other matters, Mayor Lyman Hare shared an update on the land located on the southeast corner of Gold Street and Highway 80, as it was to be left to the city from the estate of John "Bud" Kavanagh, and the city hopes to turn it into a park. Kavanagh's lawyer had expressed in paperwork submitted to the city that it was wished that the park be named in honor of Kavanagh. The council voted in favor of acquiring the land and marking it with a plaque that reads "John Edward 'Bud' Kavanagh Park."
Fall Fest Committee member Lois Suckow presented a request from the committee to have Main Street north of Carimona converted to a one way, northbound street before the Fall Fest parade because such action would alleviate traffic congestion on that street and create safer conditions for motorists, pedestrians and parade route directors alike. The committee had already planned how to reroute motorists coming into Wykoff on Highway 80, and also determined that sending softball tournament traffic to the west side of town might prove beneficial as well, getting everyone to their destinations intact.
The council agreed that the proposal has merit and informed Suckow that it would gather input and make a decision at the May council meeting.
In other business, the council dealt with employment applications for a new wastewater treatment plant operator. So far, the city had received 10 applications but none with the required class B wastewater treatment plant operator's licensure.
Wykoff's maintenance foreman, Al Williams, has chosen to retire, but the city hired him back on a temporary basis until a replacement can be found. He stated, in reply to questions posed about how long it takes to obtain a class D license - which he has - that there is no formal wastewater treatment operator's education, but that most of the education is done on the job and that testing to obtain a license is done at the various conferences held throughout the state and the year.
The city had tentatively hired a new operator with the proper licensure, but that was in July, and Williams's retirement wasn't until November, so the new hire accepted a position with another city.
Regarding the hire of another new operator, councilor Megan Larson asked, "What if we don't move fast enough?" The search for a new operator continues as the council meets this Wednesday evening to review the applications it already has and discusses the city's options.
The sudden realization of a deadline led the council to examine its retroreflectivity plan - the plan required by June 13 for the replacement of stop and other street signs that no longer adequately reflect light at night. Williams asked the council how many signs the city wishes to replace, listing that there are 19 stop signs, approximately 10 yield signs, six parking signs and the regular street signs to be taken into consideration.
Hare asked that Williams contact the state, the county and the township for information on which signs could be replaced under those jurisdictions, after which the council briefly discussed placing handicapped parking signs in front of the community hall to make it easier for disabled persons to attend community functions. A vote passed to mark off handicapped parking between signs the city will soon order.
Lastly, the council voted to replant trees downtown that had replaced the original full-grown trees removed several seasons ago, as Williams admitted that the new saplings were a casualty of snowblowing the sidewalks this past winter.