By Ken Ross
The Cherokee City Council approved a request for a $17,356 payment to Godberson-Smith Construction of Ida Grove, the general contractor for the Main Street project, leaving about $76,000 remaining to be paid.
In January, the city council rejected a request for a $17,000 payment from Godberson-Smith. The councilmen cited the malfunctioning street lights as reason for the rejection of the request in January. Since that time, the company has repaired malfunctioning lights'
Although, Ron Strickland, city administrator, recommended paying the $17,356, he warned that there still could be problems with the lights in the future as the result of substandard transformers and faulty wiring.
The warranty does not go into effect for work until the final payment is approved.
The council approved an application for a special use permit for a sign at the new location of the Copper Cup, moving from its present location in the depot into 425 West Main Street. Approval had been recommended by the zoning commission.
Dwight Varce, council member, said he has reviewed the plans for the sign and is aware of the restoration of the historic look in the building.
"This will definitely be an asset to the community. It's looking sharp," Varce said.
The sign will extend four feet in front of the building and have an 8 foot, 6 inch clearance.
The council approved payment of $8,000 to Vance and Associates, the consulting firm that is raising funds for a new aquatic center and park improvements.