Enterprise City will receive in excess of $27,000 from the EPA to help offset costs linked to the discovery of three oil tanks under the new city hall location.

City Administrator Lacey McQuead told the city council recently that credit goes to the city’s librarian Denine Rautenstrauch, who did much of the leg work for the grant.

The funds will help offset the disposal and soil remediation costs the city incurred. The city had already paid the $52,761 cost for removal and remediation of the tanks, using $25,000 in insurance and another $27,761 paid out of the Fire Hall/City Hall sinking fund.

The grant will pay for all costs over the $25,000 paid by insurance, meaning the city is not out of pocket for the removal and remediation.

Rautenstrauch had applied for and received a similar grant for oil contamination found during the library lift project completed in 2017. She advised the city in September that they might be able to receive a Brownfields grant even after having already paid for the remediation.

The successful grant application was announced at the Nov. 5 council meeting.

Rautenstrauch also reported that county patrons have voluntarily contributed $1,070 for operation of the city library. She also advised that county library cards will soon expire. County residents will need to go to a city library and receive a new card.

Enterprise City council members approved a request made by Building Healthy Families to create an official school safety zone around the facility at 207 N.E. Park Street. Reduced speed signs will be posted at 1st Street and N.E. Park and 2nd Street and N.E. Park.

Public Works Director Ronnie Neil has already ordered school zone signs, though painted safety zone sidewalks and changes to parking may have to wait until next spring.

Enterprise Police Chief Joel Fish advised the council that school zones are subject to two different statutes. The first is that school zones designated by signs without flashing lights have a speed limit of 20 miles per hour 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on school days.

However, another statute governs the meaning of “when children are present” printed on signs. Those four words mean that the 20 mph rule is in effect any day of the week and any time of day or night when children may be present.

Given the proximity of Miss Angela’s Childcare and passage of children and families back and forth to Building Healthy Families, drivers should expect that restricted zone will be in effect at all times.

Enterprise City Council has changed the time of the regular city hall meetings. Work sessions will now begin at 6 p.m. and regular meetings at 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month. Meetings will end by 10 p.m. unless they agree to extend the meeting by one more hour.

No meeting will extend beyond 11 p.m. The council will continue to meet in the Abundant Life Assembly at 207 E. Main Street until the new city hall is completed.

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