HJ/EDJune 19, 2006

Waverly looking ahead to new facility

By Liz Hellmann
Staff Writer

The Waverly City Council got a glimpse of its future from a blueprint at the city council meeting Tuesday.

The blueprint was drawn up by Professional Design Group to give a rough idea of what the new city hall/maintenance building could look like.

“You can change anything you want. This is basically to give you an idea,” Maintenance Supervisor John Rassat said.

The building would be located in the new industrial park behind the bank building, on the south side of Highway 12,

Pending the sale of the city’s current building to the Waverly Fire Department, the city could see the blueprint become a reality in anywhere from one to three years.

Right now, the building is designed to be about 11,000 square feet, but there is still a lot of work to be done on design and cost.

At this point, the city can completely change the blueprint, or stick close to it – either way, it is still in the designing phase, it was noted.

The structure itself is going to cost between $600,000 to $800,000, with an additional $200,000 for the land.

Council Member Deb Hausladen expressed her concern that the city stay more around $600,000.

“I just don’t want the project to cost $1 million (total), and have to ask the taxpayers for that,” Hausladen said.

Rassat assured Hausladen that the goal is to stay as close to the $600,000 for the building cost as possible.

Weeds out of control

Unkept lawns put the council in the thick of a discussion on how to control weeds without becoming a baby sitting service.

Members of the council have been hearing complaints about out-of-control weeds around houses in town and in new developments.

“You have brand new houses out there with weeds up to the windows,” Council Member Ken Antil said.

But it isn’t just homes that are new or for sale that are the problem.

“I know people who have lived there for two summers and they still haven’t seeded or sodded,” Parks Superintendent Jim Woitalla said.

In the past, the council has sent letters to the owners of the residence to clean up their lawns, and if they don’t, the city would contract with someone else to do it, and bill the homeowner.

It doesn’t seem to be working.

“If they keep getting letter and letter, and nothing gets done, they’re never going to do anything,” Council Member Pam Henry-Neaton said.

After kicking around several options, the council decided to issue letters to homeowners with overgrown weeds requesting they take care of the problem in the next five days.

If the problem is not taken care of, further action will be decided by the council.

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