Council considers infrastructure priority

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by A.C. Hall

This is part two of our coverage of the May 13 council meeting.  Part one can be found in the May 14 issue of The Grizzly Detail and at

The need to address the aging infrastructure in White Settlement is something council members have agreed upon for some time, and last Tuesday they discussed priority areas with staff members.  Project Manager Jack Bell brought this item before council, presenting seven areas he and city staff have pinpointed as the most pressing when it comes to infrastructure needs.  These are areas that repeatedly have problems that the Public Works department has to repair and address.  The city has around $2 million set aside to use towards infrastructure, but Bell said he’s not sure how far that amount will go towards dealing with all seven of the priority problem areas.

The top infrastructure issue raised by Bell is the sewer lines along West Place and Donald streets.  The lines are currently in an alley behind the houses along these streets.

“It makes better sense for us in the City to have it out in front instead of dealing with individual property owners if we have to get back there in the back and work on it.  It is a problem,” Bell said.  “Not everybody is really copacetic about us working in their back yard.”

The other six infrastructure priorities presented by Bell were sewer line replacement at Hanon Court, water and sewer replacement on Tumbleweed, sewer and storm drain replacement on Grants Circle, water and sewer replacement on Kimbrough, sewer line replacement in Saddle Hills Park, and the storm drain on Moran.  Council member Danny Anderson stated that he felt that the Moran storm drain situation is one that needs to be addressed.

Without pricing information on the projects council was unsure what they could and couldn’t tackle.  A motion was made to authorize staff to engage an engineering company to start pricing the infrastructure projects.  That motion passed unanimously, and those prices will be brought back to council at a later date.



It took several different actions, but council cleared the way for kiosk signs to start showing up in the city.  These signs have several panels on them that can be rented by businesses and are often used to point towards home developments.  George Faris of Baker Clearview Kiosk addressed council on the matter.  He told them the council would pay nothing for the construction of the signs and that none would be installed without city approval.  Once built, the city would get twenty percent of the sign panels to use as they see fit as well as a cut of the rental of the other sign panels.  Several related items followed throughout the night, including a change in how signs are regulated, removing them from the zoning ordinance and adding them to city code.  Then council approved Kiosk signs as a special sign type before finally approving an agreement with Baker Clearview for kiosk sign construction, installation, and management.

“We’re getting a free lunch and desert on this one,” Anderson said.



City Marshal Jeff James spoke to council about a proposed agreement with Convergence Recovery Solutions to assist with warrant collection services.  The agreement would also provide the city and police department access to Convergence’s StreetCred software, which on its own costs $20,000.  The software allows an officer to immediately pull up detailed location information on those with outstanding warrants, something Marshal James said currently takes days of research to discover.