City Council members in Stanhope had several property issues on the agenda when they met for their monthly meeting last week, including another update on the Stanhope Community Center.
Although the one-year warranty on the building expired on July 12, the architect and contractor were notified well in advance about several issues. Minor plumbing adjustments have been made as needed, several doors adjusted that have been rubbing on the floor, and there may be an issue with drainage for air conditioning units in the community room.
Improvements to the town's ball diamond were also discussed on Monday evening. An expenditure of up to $750 was approved for a crown fence top protector, to be installed along the top perimeter of the ballpark fence. Donations of $150 have come in for the project, and several other funding options will be pursued as well.
Although funding for roofing the dugouts was included in the city's 2012-13 operating budget, that project was tabled and will be discussed at a future meeting. Some of those funds will be used to pay for the fence guard.
Also on Monday, the council heard an update on the upgrade of the town's EMS vehicle. At its last meeting, the council approved replacing the current 1994 Ford diesel unit with 90,000 miles with a 1999 Chevrolet gas unit with 53,000 miles. Funding will come from selling the current vehicle, from the city EMS budget, from the Stanhope EMS department non-city funds, and from fundraising activities.
The 1994 Ford EMS vehicle will be advertised for sale, with a minimum bid of $2,00. Sealed bids will be opened at the October city council meeting.
Another property matter had to do with new siding for the exterior of the town's maintenance facility at 160 Parker Street. The council approved the project and the expenditure of up to $12,500 for the project.
In other business, a proposal from the manager of Sparky's One Stop in Stanhope was reviewed. It was proposed that a can donation bin located behind the south maintenance facility be relocated behind Sparky's. Funds could be used for such activities as Watermelon Day, Wednesday Night in the Park and other events. The council approved the proposal.
Moving of the existing " children playing" signs near 560 Brewer Street to a new position on Main Street at or near 400 Main Street and 306 Main Street was also approved Monday by the council.