At their meeting July 15, the Chariton City Council approved a contract for JEO Consulting Group, Inc. to provide engineer design and services for the splash pad at the Vredenburg-Chariton Family Aquatic Center.

In 2018, there was a discussion between the City of Chariton and the SPLASH youth organization about adding a splash pad to the aquatic center. SPLASH had given $8,100 to the City of Chariton for the engineering design and services for the SPLASH pad.

SPLASH will be participating in the design process and be involved with public input with the youth in the Chariton community.

Over the past year, city staff has consulted with services on the ability of engineering design and needs for the splash pad for the aquatic center.

“JEO Consulting Group, Inc. was chosen based on their expertise in the area of aquatic centers and outdoor water features in communities. They are familiar with the City of Chariton’s facilities and know what capacity our current facility can work with for recirculation of water from the aquatic center to the new splash pad,” Chariton City Manager Laura Liegois said.

There will be at least three design plans created and presented to the community for review. The final design will be presented to the city council for approval prior to the implementation of the project.

Currently, the proposed 2021 budget has $400,000 allocated for the splash pad project. “City staff and the SPLASH group will be looking at grants and other funding sources to assist with the cost of this project,” Liegois said.

Council member Denny Bisgard moved to proceed forward with the contract with JEO Consulting Group, Inc. to provide engineer design and services for the splash pad at the aquatic center, which was seconded by Council member Ruth Smith and approved unanimously.

Council member reports

In her report, Council member Smith asked about why some people that own nuisance houses who are supposed to appear in court because of their nuisance houses aren’t going to court.

There wasn’t a certain answer given for this question. City Manager Liegois said that she and Chariton Building Code Officer George Johnson will go over a list of nuisance houses and the people that own them very closely and bring it back up before the council for a discussion at a future meeting.

Council member and former Chariton Fire Chief Mike Graves said that in the past the Chariton Fire Department has burnt houses for training.

“When I was fire chief, I got rid of nine houses in two years. Burning a structure is the best training someone can get. We need to revisit this to see if we can burn some of these nuisance houses,” Graves said.

Graves said they would need to look at a list of dilapidated houses in the city. Then the current fire chief would have to look and see if it’s possible to burn any of these houses down.

“The possible reasons you couldn’t burn a house down is that it’s in close proximity to another structure or it’s close to power lines,” Graves said.

Read the July 25, 2019 edition of the Chariton Herald-Patriot for the rest of the story.

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