Butler City Council News

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The regular Butler City Council meeting was relatively ‘short and sweet’ as there were no guests or extra items on the agenda.

However, a portion of time was devoted to the condition of the Butler fire station- a leaking roof is presenting challenges along with rust and corrosion of the infrastructure. In the days of Cox Hyde Company many years ago, salt was used in processing hydes and now is taking its toll on steel beams and supports which brings into doubt the structural integrity of the building overall. An engineer is going to make an assessment in the near future to decide what will be the best route to take. 

The City of Butler is actively seeking a code enforcement officer to replace Brian Boyd, who retired recently. At this juncture, there has been discussion of having Boyd return on a part time basis to help out until a full-time replacement is acquired. 

The Butler Airport commission met last week, and bids were approved for crack sealing on the tarmac and taxiway, along with a new beacon light. Those bids have been sent to the engineer for confirmation. With that, work is expected to begin soon. 

For quite some time, the City of Butler has been working on a comprehensive plan, which by definition is an expression of the community’s vision for the future and a strategic map to reach that vision. Comprehensive planning is an important tool for cities to guide future development of land to ensure a safe, pleasant, and economical environment for residential, commercial, industrial, and public activities. While Butler has looked into assistance with the plan from several entities, it was decided to join forces with Kaysinger Basin Regional Planning Commission to move forward and more details are expected soon. 

A standby generator to keep water flowing in case of a blackout will be installed at the water plant intake structure at the city lake. Of the $55,000.00 cost, the city will only be required to kick in $13,750.00 thanks to a grant. 

It’s been decided to repair a City of Butler owned backhoe vs a new replacement which will certainly save money. The repair bill of $8,225.00 was approved. 

The 70-foot light poles at Comet Field are leaning and are at the end of their useful life, creating a potentially dangerous situation. The low bid of $9,652.00 was approved to get them replaced as soon as possible. 

Butler city council meets on the first and third Tuesdays, 7 pm, upstairs at the Butler city hall.