Council approves purchase of new lighting for Community Center gymnasium

The De Soto City Council unanimously approved the purchase and installation of new lighting fixtures for the gymnasium at the De Soto Community Center at the regular council meeting on Thursday, July 21.

The lighting project will cost the city just over $9,000, the Community Center was granted $12,500 for capital outlay projects in the city budget. According to City Administrator Pat Guilfoyle, the new, more efficient lighting system will pay for itself in approximately seven to eight years through energy cost savings. The existing metal halide lights will be replaced with T-5 florescent lights.

Speaking of budgets, the council also decided to move forward with the 2012 proposed budget. The recommended budget has no mill levy increase and is set at right around $7.5 million, more than $330K less than the 2011 budget. There will be a public hearing regarding the budget at the Aug. 18 council meeting, when the budget will be formally adopted.

Special use permits were also granted for Kaw Sand and Penny's Concrete and The Silver Wheel. Kaw Sand and Penny's Concrete received a 10-year permit allowing them to operate rock crushing machinery at their plant near 79th Street and Gardner Road to recycle unused concrete pieces, no mining or blasting will be done. The Silver Wheel received a five-year renewal of their permit expanding their hours of operation to Saturday mornings and Sundays.

The council also discussed the city codes relating to dogs running at large and the fees for retrieving a dog from the city pound after concerns for area livestock were brought forward by Darrel Zimmerman. Current city fees are $10 to retrieve a dog the first day and an additional five dollars for each following day. Councilwoman Lori Murdock brought forward research on fees for surrounding towns and the council directed city staff to draft a new ordinance changing fees to match these cities to the next council meeting.

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