Helper City continues with business as usual even with the absence of an active mayor. Matters on the agenda ranged from a veteran’s monument for Mountain View Cemetery to new water and sewer projects within the city.
On Thursday, March 7, Kirk Mascaro acted as mayor pro tempore, and business matters went on as usual for the council members.
The first item on the agenda was the approval of merging the bookmobile with the library. This merge would provide a wider selection of books for both institutions. The council passed the motion of the joining and the merge will be made as soon as possible.
The council also spoke with Louise Hamilton about her proposal for a new veteran’s monument to be built in Mountain View Cemetery. The monument would include a new statue, a U.S. flag, and plaques honoring those who have lived and died for our country. Hamilton is currently raising donations for the monument and held a special meeting at theВ cemeteryВ on Friday. The council agreed that with approval from the police chief and the correct license, the monument would be a great addition to the cemetery.
Eric Franson next approached the council with updates on the new water, sewer, and storm drain projects that are planned to start construction on March 21, 2013. The projects, taking place in different Helper areas, will include new transmission lines from springs to tanks in areas six and seven. Construction work will also take place in area four. Helper City is hoping to soon provide a map at City Hall to designate the areas and what construction will take place in these sections. Helper Public Relations will also be looking for effective ways to inform the citizens of Helper with whom the construction may affect. Means of communication could include, phone calls, text messages, and/or emails. Gary Harwood, Council Member, will further oversee the construction plans.
The council additionally agreed to set up an appointment with Bryner Plotz Ditch Company to discuss plans for new water lines. The lines could potentially be sold to Helper residents for use of irrigation outlets. The council also approved the expenses for the American Legion and for new turnout gear for Helper firefighters. However, the council declined the proposal to purchase property for a river restoration project until a firm proposal is made.
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