Charlie Troutner
Special to The Gardner News
Edgerton will pay all city employees for the snow storm, Feb. 4. City offices were closed that day, and non-essential staff was not required to work. However, essential staff, like city maintenance crews, did work plowing streets.
The city council decided that all city staff personnel would be paid for that day. The city’s maintenance crew will not be paid extra for working that day, unless the hours worked created an overtime situation for the pay period.
The council also discussed the issue of residents being required to clear off the sidewalks adjacent to their property after a snowstorm event. City code requires that property owners/renters remove snow and ice on sidewalks within 12 hours after the snowfall or ice storm ceases. Snow or ice accumulation overnight should be removed within 12 hours after sunrise the following day.
After much discussion, the governing body decided to begin strictly enforcing the city code as it presently stands. Owners or residents who fail to clear their sidewalk within the designated amount of time will be contacted by the city to clear the sidewalk. Those residents who fail to do so will be cited in the city’s municipal court or the city will remove the snow and ice at the resident’s expense.
Mayor Donald Roberts did mention that several citizens shoveled their neighbors’ sidewalks during the recent snowstorm. Roberts would like to thank those citizens and made special mention of Kenny Pritchard, 317 W. Nelson, who shoveled many walks and driveways that day.
In other business, city administrator Beth Linn announced the dates for some upcoming events in Edgerton.
The city’s low-cost vaccine clinic for cats and dogs will be Sat., March 29. Also, Edgerton’s city-wide garage sale will be Sat., April 26, and the city-wide cleanup day will be Sat., May 10.
The city’s “Third of July” picnic and fireworks show will begin at 6:30 p.m. that day.
The next scheduled city council meeting will be at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 27, at city hall.