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Hancock sets clean up days

Clean up days in the city of Hancock will be Monday through Wednesday, May 14-16.

The Hancock City Council set the dates at the April 9 meeting.

The citywide clean up days follows the citywide garage sale day on Friday, May 11.

In past years, the citywide clean up days have been more than three days but council member Jeff Kisgen suggested shortening the length of clean up this year. Kisgen said too many days causes problems for disposal at the dumpster provided to the residents.

In other action at the meeting:

• The council will apply for a Center Point Energy Community Partnership Grant. The city used a grant last year to buy an AED difibrillator for the city hall/community center. A grant could provide matching funds up to $2,500, city clerk Jodi Bedel said. Kisgen suggested applying for a grant to buy a confined space air tester. "We should have one," council member Bob Staples said. A tester can be used to check for gas and explosive elements in a manhole or other confined spaces. Larry Van Hout, a civil engineer with Widseth, Smith, Nolting, said it would be good for the city to have the detector. He said the city should be able to buy a tester/detector for about $1,500 to $3,000.

• Fire chief Justin Flaten said he's been cleaning up and organizing the fire hall. Ag Country Financial also donated grain bin rescue equipment to the fire department, he said. The fire department will also conduct a controlled burn on May 6 at property owned by Lloyd and Monic Job, Flaten said.

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