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Williamstown City Council approves first reading of three-way stop ordinance

A new sign for Williamstown has been placed in the center of the roundabout. (Photo by James Dobbs)

WILLIAMSTOWN — Williamstown City Council Tuesday night discussed the first reading of the three-way stop ordinance.

Tuesday was the first meeting after the city council meeting time was changed from 7:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The first reading of the three-way stop ordinance at Henderson and West Fifth streets on the corner of the 600 block unanimously passed. The second reading will take place at the next city council meeting.

If the second reading for the three-way stop ordinance passes, it will be put in place and a safe crossing area will be built by the new elementary school.

Mayor Paul Jordan tabled the assigned agreement of Tucker’s Landing until next meeting. City Attorney Jessica Myers read the agreement and said she did not see anything wrong with the substance of the agreement.

“I just think that we need to make sure City Council and the engineer and everybody is satisfied,” said Myers.

Part of new business at Tuesday’s meeting was a discussion on a moratorium for drug rehabilitation treatment facilities. Jordan said he did not put it on the agenda for action, but only because it has been a topic in other area cities.

“We want to be proactive,” said Jordan.

Alan Gates, director of public works, spoke on the purchase of a third lift pump for the city.

The pump would be kept in storage until one of the other two pumps fails. The last two pumps were purchased five years ago around the same time.

The motion was passed. The new lift pump will cost around $20,000 and will probably be financed by American Recovery funds.

The community swimming pool has had an open hole in the ground since the pool was open in 2009. The wading pool may be turned into a splash pad that will be handicap accessible. The new apparatus without installation, concrete or plumbing will cost around $71,000. This will be discussed more at a later meeting.

A new sign for Williamstown has been placed in the middle of the roundabout by the state. Jordan is pleased and excited about the sign.

“They built a beautiful sign, I’m very happy with the outcome,” said Jordan.

Other business included:

* Updating the media monitors in council chambers to be prepared for presentations in the future.

* The Tree Committee’s will soon holds its first meeting, said council member Pat Peters.

* The Sanitary/Storm Water Board received permission to bid the Crystal Avenue project.

* The bee city initiative is planning a pest management program, said council member Marty Seufer.

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