At one time, some Cherokee City Council members had questioned the practice of the city renting the tools and equipment that Duane Mummert, park superintendent, and other city employees used from Mummert.
This has led to some acrimonious exchanges at city council meetings, with Mummert claiming that the $1,000 rent being charged for his equipment was more than reasonable.
That wasn't disputed by any of the city officials but it was a concern that the city was too dependent on a source for tools that would not always be available.
The city has been operating on bare-bones budgets for the last few years and hasn't had general fund money to set aside for equipment purchases.
The council approved last year's rental of equipment and then subsequently, at the July 8 meeting, approved rental of tools and equipment for the year at a fee of $1,000.
There was no discussion at the July 8 meeting regarding the fee. A list of tools regularly used by the city was presented to council members, with an itemized value of $10,029. There was another list of equipment provided by Mummert as needed that has a total value of $40,900.