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Hope City Board

By Staff, 03/2/21 8:11 PM

The Hope City Board met Tuesday for their first meeting of March. The board met at the Fair Park Community Center and the meeting was also streamed for the benefit of those who wanted to watch it.

The board considered a request from the Klipsch Heritage Museum Association for rebate of the $50 per month rent they pay for a building east of the Hope Airport Hanger. There are significant leaks in the building. The city has accepted a bid from Hostetler Roofing to replace the roof at a cost of $15,753.80. The roof is scheduled to be replaced in late April or early May. The board voted to suspend the $50 per month rent until the roof is repaired.

The Hope School District has requested to take over maintenance and upkeep of Legion Field to help improve the field for play for the Bobcat baseball team. The board was shown a proposed Memorandum of Understanding between the school and the city. The board discussed the matter but no action was taken.

The board looked at some sanitation rates from around the state. Currently the city’s basic fee is $15.30 per household. This includes two pick-ups per week with free C4, limbs and leaf removal. Hope Commercial Rate is $4.25 per cubic yard. The cities surveyed ranged from a minimum fee of $10.50 per month to $38.25 per month. Assistant City Manager J.R. Wilson showed some of the various services those other towns receive for their rates. The data was obtained from 14 other towns. The board discussed the data and the services offered. No action was taken.

The board had an update on the problems on Patmos Road. Repairs to the box culvert on Patmos Road have been delayed due to the weather. The piers needed are scheduled to be installed next week, again subject to weather delays. At this point, it is hoped that Patmos Road may be open again in April.

Under the City Manager’s report, Catherine Cook detailed how some of the facilities will be opening at Fair Park. She also talked about some opportunities on how the city can help in getting people signed up for COVID vaccines. The board also talked about grading services during the snow. The HUB was discussed as was the utlity work on 6th Street. The meeting then adjourned.