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Calion council urges community to improve local parks

by Matt Hutcheson | February 13, 2021 at 6:00 a.m.
Calion City Council meetings have been closed to the public due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but they are live-streamed each month on Facebook Live on the Calion Mayor Facebook page.

Calion’s city council met on Thursday, February 11. The meeting was closed to the public but is available to stream on the Calion Mayor Facebook page.

The meeting began with approval of the previous meeting’s minutes, financial reports and monthly bills.

There was no old business on the agenda; the meeting consisted of a series of new business items.

The meeting started with Mayor Bill Yutzy asking for the council’s permission to seek bids for an apparently unused city truck.

“We have this 1997 Dodge truck. I’m not sure what it was used for, it isn’t in commission and it wasn’t in commission when I became mayor. I’d like to sell it and get it out of the lot,” Yutzy said.

A motion was made and passed unanimously to sell the truck via sealed bids.

Yutzy also sought the council’s opinion on a new welcome sign for the town.

“We currently have a little ‘Welcome to Calion’ sign… Across the street from it is an empty space that the city owns. I spoke with the Highway Department and they said we can put anything we want there,” Yutzy said.

After several council members agreed with the proposition, Yutzy said he would bring several sign options to present during the March meeting.

Another item of new business centered around lighting at North Park in Calion.

“The North Park is not lit as well as it could be. We have one more pole we could put a high-pressure sodium light on, I think that could light up that park,” Yutzy said.

A motion was made and passed by the council to add a light at the park.

The next new business item involved a request for a basketball court at South Park.

Yutzy said that North Park in Calion currently has two basketball courts and city council member Susan Morris addressed it.

“The North Park had to get grants for the stuff it has there. That’s all it had was the basketball courts, they didn’t have swingsets or anything… We had to get a grant to get the stuff put in,” Morris said.

Council member Kristi Purifoy suggested looking into a grant for a basketball court.

“If the basketball court is something the city can get a grant for, then maybe it’s something to look into,” Purifoy said.

Yutzy suggested encouraging community members to construct a basketball court.

A motion was made and passed to allow community members to build a basketball court “if city funds are not used.”

The next Calion Council meeting will be Thursday, March 11.

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