At the July 12 regular town council meeting, Iain Bell, director of engineering and public works, reported that an agreement with Town of Creston waste water treatment plant employees will reduce staffing costs at the plant by $13,000 this year and by $26,000 annually in the future.
“This plan is based on a recommendation by the employees and I think they should be commended,” Bell said.
Council voted to send a letter of thanks to the employees.
•Local artist Nadine Riehl was issued a $300 grant-in-aid to cover costs of paint for a mural she will design and paint with the help of children. The mural will be located on a building at Centennial Park, which already has one of her murals on it.
•Creston Fire and Rescue chief Bruce Mabin got the go-ahead to divert $14,500 in his budget to repair severe cracking and heaving in the asphalt in front of the fire hall. The funds were originally designated for installation of new heaters, which will be delayed until a future budget.
•Building inspector Ross Beddoes reported that only five building permits were issued in June, including two for single-family residences. In June 2010, eight permits were taken out, two for single-family residences.
•Council appointed a panel of eight judges, whose names were not released, to review submissions for murals to be painted on the western wall of Pharmasave. Painting is expected to begin in August if submissions are accepted by the judges.