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Silver Lake City Council hears department updates

The committee reports brought to the Silver Lake City Council meeting, Tuesday, Jan. 20, provided insight, ideas and clarity on many fronts. Reports came from the public works, public safety and community development committees.  
In the public works report, the committee expressed its support of the “preventative frozen water supply ordinance.”  
The Council also was informed that new driver Chris Penaz hasn’t had the opportunity to operate the plow because there hasn’t been enough snowfall. The next significant snowfall will give Penaz the opportunity to identify locations of problem manholes, offset curb lines and sanitary and gas repair spots.
The public works report also updated the council on the condition of the city’s skating rink. The rink is currently six weeks behind because of the significant thaw.  
Mayor Bruce Bebo asked if the city could alternatively set up a designated area to skate on the lake, as it was years ago. City Clerk Kerry Venier said he would look into it, and that the main liability for the city would be giving access to the lake to people of all abilities.
Also in public works, Dale Kosek, the city’s public works supervisor, will be attending water and wastewater training sessions over the next few months for license renewal. Kosek completed the hours necessary for renewal in 2014.
The public safety report updated the Council on the completed evaluation of the new police officer, Robert Kripps. The evaluation was positive and the recommendation for a wage increase was approved.

For more, see the Jan. 28 print edition of The Chronicle.