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Council changes meeting night from Wednesday

Wednesday nights just became a little bit more free for members of the Richmond City Council.
The council voted unanimously 7-0 to change the meeting night from Wednesday nights to Tuesday nights beginning next month.
In addition, only one meeting a month will be a work session where council members take action on issues.
The other meeting of the month (second Tuesday) will be regular committee meetings, although each committee reserves the right to meet on other occasions as well.
In other actions:
• The council approved a new farmers’ market ordinance that will allow the market to operate on weeknights.
Community Development Director Lisa Hastings said they are looking at Tuesday nights right now for a regular time. She said the first market will kick off with the Mushroom Festival. She said five farmers are interested so far.
• The city scheduled a special meeting with Ollson Associates to begin negotiations for engineering for a new South Waste Water Plant.
Last week the city’s Finance Committee met and seemed to narrow down the choice to two firms. Council members could not come to a final decision after listening to staff’s recommendation last week.
City Administrator Rick Childers told council members to review presentation material at last week’s meeting so they could be prepared to make a decision at last night’s council meeting.
Councilman Jason Berning made the motion to enter into discussions with Ollson and the measure was unanimously approved by the council with little discussion.
It should be noted that a representative from Ollson Associates was at last night’s meeting to arrange a special meeting that will take place on Thursday, March 5 at 4:30 p.m.
• Council members are ready to move forward with a contract with Collect-Tek to do collection services for the city.
Two city council candidates, Kathy Garner and Terrie Lee Stanley spoke out against the contract and urged council members to read the fine print of the contract. Both women contend it will end up costing the city more than it should and said the contract may violate state statute.
The council voted to send the contract to attorney Brain Hall for review.

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