The Council of the City of Wellington met Tuesday evening Sept. 17and among the ordinances adopted unanimously was the right to complete u-turns and j-turns on streets in a business section when the turns can be made safely not interfering with other traffic.
Another Uniform Public Offense Code adopted unanimously concerned unlawful littering and the unlawful operation of air-rifles, paint-ball guns, BB guns and bow and arrows in the confines of the city limits. Councilman John Tracy took a few minutes to thank the Wellington Police Department for “rounding up the burglars” from the spate of robberies of the last few days. Councilman Jim Valentine wanted to thank an acquaintance for donating entire uniforms to the War Museum, “down to the socks and underwear”. Wellington Fire Chief Tim Hay rose to request a new ambulance rate resolution for stand-by at events.
This resolution would replace the one adopted in October of 2012 and which is seen as inadequate by Chief Hays. He recommended a rate of $45.00 per person per hour based on other EMS service rates and factoring in overtime, benefits and fuel. School districts would be exempt from the fee as long as the event is within city limits. The resolution was adopted unanimously. City Manager Gus Collins then turned the discussion to the Lincoln Street project. This project is slated to resurface Lincoln St. from Woodlawn St. to the compost site.
Also, the block north of Lincoln on Woodlawn would be included. Eric Broce of Smith and Oakes Inc. was introduced to explain the particulars of the project such as cost of concrete as opposed to asphalt (a 6.2% increase), the advantage of concrete in view of starting the project in a timely fashion, and new storm sewers that would have to be constructed. Mid to late October would be the starting time for a concrete surface and more than likely next March for asphalt. Mr. Collins stated the funds were available for any increase and that the contractor his team is recommending is already in town working on the Vandenburg improvement.
The bid could be anywhere from 1.6 to 1.7 million, depending on the surface. Councilman Tracy spoke of holding a property owners meeting for the people that would be directly affected in the vicinity of the construction. Councilwoman Jan Korte happily stated she was “excited to get this project underway”. The resolution was unanimously adopted. Lastly, a resolution fixing the date of November 5th for a hearing at which the owners, agents, occupants, and any lienholders should appear to show cause as to why the properties at 824 South Jefferson and 224 South F Street should not be demolished was approved unanimously.
At this point the Council went into executive session. Of interest in the City Council Work Session was the discussion of a new developer for a hotel to be built in the eastern corridor. For the past year or so a developer with Best Western ties has shown interest but as yet has not secured financing.
Now, an additional entity tied to the Holiday Inn chain has shown interest. Several incentives were discussed including tax exemptions. Councilman John Brand expressed his concern of the cost of the incentives. Councilwoman Kelly Green would prefer to have everything in writing, Councilman Vince Wetta wondered how an economic eastern corridor would affect downtown businesses .
Councilman Valentine suggested the city look at industry first. Collins and Cody Sims offered several compelling reasons to have the hotel located out east, near the turnpike, tourism chiefly among them. Councilwoman Korte was heard to state, “people will come if we have a bigger hotel.”