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Summer time in the city of Hancock

It is summer time in the city. Time for fun, celebrations and to get many summer projects completed. At its June meeting on Monday night the Hancock City Council discussed several of these summer jobs and approved plans for some summer fun.

Many of the projects for summer involve sprucing up the city through street work, clean up and tree removal. Public Works Director Vern Christie had a lengthy list of projects to discuss with the council. One of the first was to present bids for tree removal.

Christie had two bids with the city portion coming to about $4,950. Council was hesitant to approve this because only $3,000 had been budgeted for tree removal. The city has already spent $800 to move trees from the nursery to West Side Park.

The council decided to award the work to Tip Top Tree Service but instructed Christie to spend only $2,000 on the worst trees. Letters will also be going out to private property owners about diseased or dead trees with bids for removal.

Over the next few weeks, city employees will be doing a good deal of clean-up before the Fourth of July celebrations, including street sweeping, curb painting and tree trimming. They will be cleaning up piles of discarded yard waste, soil and tar from the old city garage and compost pile. A new area for some of these items will be placed at the new city garage with dividers to better organize the products.

Christie told council that algae is starting to grow on one of the ponds and the pond cannot be discharged with the algae in it. He has talked to chemical providers and public works employees from other communities about the problem. The best and least costly solution could be to put blue dye in the pond which blocks some of the sunlight and thereby prevents algae growth.

Jesse Jensen and Christie asked council about the removal of two deserted trailer homes, one of which is next to Jensen's home. Council approved pulling the trailers to the city burn site, burning them and then cutting up and hauling away the metal.

Council decided to withhold payment on the patching done on Washington Avenue since the amount of asphalt listed as being installed seems to be much greater than what was actually put down.

In final action, the council approved renting three porta potties for the Fourth and approved the purchase of fireworks in the amount of $4,500. The weekend of July 2-4 was officially proclaimed as a city celebration.