Mayor Hautman, City Council raise awareness on Internet safety

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Rising Sun Mayor April Hautman proclaimed on Thursday, June 4th, that June 14th-20th will be observed as ‘Internet Safety Week’.

Hautman made the announcement at the regular city council meeting noting the need to be aware of cyberbullying and the many issues facing everyone on the Internet.

In other business discussed by the city council:

– City planner Mike Northcutt announced that bids for phase 4 of the riverfront development project are due July 8th. Rebidding was necessary after state officials said there had to be four bids (on projects over $1 million) submitted and only two were received.

The previous low bid was over the engineer estimate and engineers were to take another look at those estimates. An additional appropriation of $150,000 was approved also.

– Northcutt reported he is looking to set up a steering committee of about 10 people to look into the new comprehensive plan. The city has received a $40,000 grant for the plan development.

– Council approved $2,700 for development of job descriptions which resident Paul Brewer asked why it couldn’t be done in house by the city attorney. Attorney John Ertel is retained at $150 per hour.

– Lifetime Resources representative Brenda Thayer was on hand to request its annual $15,000 budgeted by the city.

She reported the company has been operating a deficit but is encouraged by the new meal site opening with an average of 10 people (goal of 15) served. There were 309 different clients served through its programs, including the multi-county organization operation of the Catch-a-Ride program.

– Cliff Thies was named to the redevelopment board.

- Council approved a transfer for reimbursement to the economic development corporation along with payment for the installation of the city boat docks.

– An amendment to the personnel policy was tabled until further information is received from the state board of accounts.

– The previous minutes were approved with corrections regarding the discussion with port authority.

- The next meeting will be Thursday, July 2nd at 4:30 p.m.