Bethany Mayor Searching For New Use Of City’s Train Depot

Bethany Mayor Jonne Slemmons announced that some consideration is being given to the use of the Train Depot owned by the city as a structure that could be used as another concession stand area for the property located at the south end of the Israel property that was been purchased by the city. During a meeting held on Tuesday, Mayor Slemmons announced that engineer Shannon Howe has looked at the facility’s condition and whether it would be feasible to move the depot for such a purpose. More updates will be given in the future.

The city approved the option for the city hall sewer line repair during the meeting. The line will run out of the south end of City Hall and then head west for attachment to a sewer main.

The demolition process for 3 city properties will continue. The city is currently investigating the asbestos inspection that is involved with those properties. Bids will then be sent out for the demolition of those structures.

Requests for Proposal were reviewed by the council for the solid waste service contract that will expire in November. The city wants the next contractor to continue to pick up large items on a regular or weekly basis in addition to normal household waste. The contractor will need to maintain the recyclable drop off area.

The council agreed to a training proposal from the city’s auditor to provide Governmental Accounting Training to city staff to complete year-end adjustments.

The city discussed the suggestion of more street sweeping. Councilman Randy Brejnik also suggested that the city cut weeds in ditches and rights-of-way twice per year.

Bids were approved to Alliance for a new flocculator. Hach received the bid for a turbidimeter. A2V Partners were approved for a Water Treatment Generator project that is planned for the 2021 fiscal year.

Mayor Slemmons read a proclamation recognizing National Suicide Prevention Week. The city also agreed to block off the north side of the square between 3 and 9pm on Sunday, September 20th for a rally of support for child abuse prevention. That event will include a march from the Bethany Community Gym to the Harrison County Law Enforcement Center.