Mayor Jim Collins called the monthly City Council meeting to order, Tuesday, May 8 at 7:01 pm.  At the start of each monthly meeting the Mayor asks a person  in the audience to lead those present in the pledge of allegiance.

Calvin Feik, County Administrator, reported the transit bus stop was being relocated  from Carson Avenue to 408  Sixth street, in front of an empty county owned building.

Superintendent of the Light and Power Board, Ron Clodfelter, presented his April report which included a systemwide load comparison of April, 2017 to April 2018, an increase of .8% higher in 2018.  The Superintendent reported that Dustin Ramsey completed the final year of Meter Technician Apprenticeship in April.  He is the first Journeyman Meter Technician for Municipal Light and Power.

Clodfelter and Mayor Collins are meeting with Black Hills Energy team to discuss the “69” line.  More meetings on this subject are anticipated in the future.  The Light  and Power staff had Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training during the month.  On April 23,  theft of electric service was discovered in the 800 block of Ambassador Thompson Boulevard.  Written board minutes, income statement and the billing report were presented to Council members.

Ken Wagner, Director of Public Works, submitted a report of activities for April.  City crews replaced About 1,500 feet of four-inch cast iron water main with six-inch PVC pipe between Ash and Grand Avenues on Ninth Street.

Water wells three and six will be sampled from April through October to determine the wells are not tainted with surface water.

200 tons of class six base material has been laid in the alleys during April.

The city swimming pool will open June 4.

Wagner asked that citizens call the Public Works Department with any alley or street pothole problems and the department will take care of them as soon as possible.

Councilman David Armstrong announced High School Graduation would be held May 20.  Armstrong will be accompanying 21 Las Animas high school students to Washington D.C., leaving June 5, returning June 13.

Carmen’s Restaurant liquor license renewal application was approved.        

Submitted in written form to council members, the April Financial Vouchers were approved.

The first reading of an ordinance regarding a power purchase agreement was announced by Mayor Collins prior to adjournment of the meeting.