The Cherokee City Council approved advertising for the position of recreation director/pool manager to fill a recently vacated position.
In a related matter, the council approved a wage increase of 50 cents for Chris Johnson, the former assistant pool manager who has assumed duties as director.
Johnson will be returning to college in mid-August. It was noted that if the director position is not filled by the time Johnson returns to college, a replacement will be available to supervise the pool during the remainder of the season.
A proposal was presented on behalf of CML Telephone for CML to lease space on the Hill Street Water Tower to place an antenna. The proposal was presented by Larry Trawick of I Wireless, a company that works with CML Telephone on projects of this type.
The proposal will be reviewed by the Wally Miller, Jr., and the matter will be brought back at the first meeting of the city council in August. A public hearing will likely be set at that time.
Mike Witcombe, representing MidAmerican Energy, has asked the council for the go ahead to offer the fire department a sign for the fire station to be paid for by MidAmerican Energy and installed by volunteer MidAmerican employees as a community service project.
An artists concept of the sign was presented and this received favorable comments from the council members. The next step is to seek permission from the fire department.
The council was informed that permission was given to place a "Cherokee" sign on the property of Larry and Judy Claussen, owners of Everlasting Memories at the top of the hill east of Cherokee. This will be the first of four "Cherokee" signs to be placed at the four major entrances to the city over a period of four years.
The city attorney was directed to seek an easement for the sign in order to ensure the city's right to keep the sign there even if ownership of the property changes.
The council approved an application for a economic development grant to assist with an expansion of American Natural Soy.