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November 8, 2013

DeWitt hires technician

DEWITT — After a year with the position vacant, the DeWitt City Council approved hiring a new part-time global information system/infiltration and inflow technician.

Lynne DeHaan, of DeWitt, has been offered the position with a flexible schedule of 16 to 24 hours per week at a starting wage of $17 per hour. DeHaan has a masters degree in GIS resource analysis and nearly 10 years of experience in the field.

One of her first assignments will be in updating the mapping software used by the city.

The council at Monday’s meeting approved the first change order for this year’s Sixth Avenue project. An additional $1,350 will pay for additional topsoil (10 loads) which will increase the contract with K& E Flatwork of Eldridge to $1,370,081.

An agreement with Flenker Land Architecture Consultants of Long Grove was approved for wetland delineation services. This is a part of the Paul Skeffington Memorial Trail bridge replacement project and is required by the Army Corp. of Engineers prior to getting a permit. Cost is $3,850.

“Nothing about this project has been easy,” City Administrator Steve Lindner told the council. He added that it is difficult to put bridges over creeks.

The council approved six reserve police officers to carry Tasers after they are approved by the Iowa law Enforcement Academy. Officers Lee Penningroth, Jamie Stearns, Dan Edwards, Ryan Edwards, Devin Wagner and Wade Glahn have passed the required training. ILEA requires city approval prior to ILEA approval.

Two grant applications will be submitted to the Clinton County Emergency Management grant program. The police department is requesting $11,224 for a utility vehicle, such as a John Deere Gator, which would be used for access trails and parks, parades and races, etc. The city’s match is $3,741. Projects of less than $15,000 require a 25 percent match.

The police department also is asking for $1,941 to help pay for Command Boards which can be utilized in emergency situations at an on-site command center. The city’s match is $647. The grant funds would not be available until April 2015.

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