Council discusses Huffman Park, Dogtown drainage
Jeremy Gaston | Managing Editor
OSAGE CITY—The Osage City Council sped through agenda items at the Aug. 23 meeting before continuing into council-led discussion on Huffman Park and Dogtown.
Dale Schwieger, council member, brought up questions about a long-standing agreement to construct bathrooms in Huffman Park.
“We had several contention agreements, and we boiled it down to a final agreement with Mr. Huffman,” said Quintin Robert, mayor. “One was the restroom facilities, the other was a permanent sign.”
Fred Hallowell, street department manager, said the sign is at the city shop.
Robert indicated he had purchased several of Huffman’s properties, and also had accepted responsibility for oversight of the park. The agreement stated the city would have full control of the park once the terms were fulfilled.
The council agreed to continue discussion at the Sept. 13 meeting.
In other business, the council:
• returned to discussion on drainage issues in the northeast area of Osage City, known as Dogtown. Rod Willis, city manager, said the Osage County Commissioners indicated some level of interest in participating in an engineering study.
“If we’re serious about doing a comprehensive study, they would be interested in being a part of it,” Willis said. “What and how much, that was left up in the air.”
Willis indicated the study would cost between $150,000 and $200,000.
• approved the low bid of $15,310 from Williams Excavating and Concrete, Inc. , Osage City, for the Ninth Street curb and gutter project between Laing Street and the rear entrance to Jerry’s Thriftway.
• approved $121,458 to Vance Brothers to slurry seal the Osage City Airport runway and aprons.
• during the consent agenda, noted fall cleanup week would be Sept. 19-23.