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Shadow Trailers office approved

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By Pat Hibbs

In its regular meeting Tuesday, the Williston City Council approved additional office space at the new Shadow Trailers site at the Industrial Park. Larry Pruitt, a principal in the Shadow Trailers enterprise, assured council members that work was progressing smoothly at the new site. He said that he hopes to move in early in April, but expects that May 1 is more realistic.

The contract for the new water well will be awarded to Worth Construction Company. A representative of Jones Edmunds Co., general contractor to the city, told the members that deficiencies in the formal bid had been remedied and that Worth was ready to start the project. City attorney Norm Fugate said that the standard contract was in order.

A representative of the Church of God presented the council with a request for a curb cut into the churchs new property off U.S. 41. After considerable discussion, the council agreed to apply for the permit, but not to commit to any construction in the area that would impact the citys budget.

The first reading of the ordinance abolishing the Airport Committee was, by consensus, tabled until the next meeting. Councilmen Jake Cason and Jerry Robinson (who introduced the measure at the last meeting) dissented.

Public Works Director James Arrington introduced the subject of additional playground equipment for the Johnny T. Henry Celebration Park. He pointed out that about $36,000 remains in the CDBG grant for the facility.

Councilman Steve Holcomb, in charge of parks and recreation, suggested a plan for reserving the picnic tables at the Henry Park.

He said that, on the weekends especially, competition for the tables was sometimes heated.

After some discussion, council decided to order four more tables, and to attach all of the equipment to the ground so that the arrangement would not be disturbed by larger groups wanting to monopolize the facilities.

Fire Chief Lamar Stegall asked council to approve an application for a grant to purchase replacement airpacks, and, if the grant is sufficient, to acquire additional or replacement equipment. Council approved his request.