By Ken Ross, Managing editor
Three people who own buses converted for recreational use appeared at the Cherokee City Council this week in response to letters sent to them by the city.
All three are licensed vehicles.
The bus owners took issue with the characterization of these buses as unattractive storage areas.
"What I store in my motor home is beyond the city council's business," Ben Wells, who lives on South Fifth Street, said. He added that his bus is used for camping trips and the only thing being stored in it is camping gear.
Ron Johnson, council member, said that he has more of a problem with the lumber stored on the property than with the bus. He questioned whether their were pests making a habitat of the stored material.
Wells said there were not any pests and the lumber storage is only temporary during the winter.
Bill Kennebeck, said his South Second Street property is commercially zoned and he sells auto parts out of his bus.
"I still think the property looks untidy with the trailers," Doug Woods, council member, said.
Kevin VanRoekel, who lives on West Cedar Street, said he has camping gear in his bus and that's about it.
Council members and city administrator Ron Strickland acknowledged that the buses are legally being used but urged the property owners do what they can to get along with neighbors.
"Some people have different standards as to what is acceptable but if you choose not to do anything about this, there's not much we can do," Strickland said.
Marty Zauhar, council member, said that there are some towns that are spotless while other towns go the other way. "We're just asking people to pick up hear and there," Zauhar said.
The council approved the purchase of a 4 wheel drive Ford Explorer police vehicle from Rasmussen Ford for $24,159, minus $5,000 trade in of a Crown Victoria for a net cost of $19,159.
Rasmussen Ford and Brown Chevrolet had each submitted a bid for a police vehicle and Holzhauer Motors had submitted bids for two different vehicles.
The bids from Rasmussen Ford, from Brown Chevrolet and from Holzhauer Motors (for the cheaper of the two vehicles) were fairly close in net price.
The bid from Rasmussen Ford was the lowest of the three bids. Delivery is expected by July 1.