Clearwater City Council updated on rescue funds

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By Michelle Leidy-Franklin, TSnews

CLEARWATER – Members of the Clearwater City Council met briefly on Tuesday, Aug. 9 to discuss department updates and make approvals.
City administrator Courtney Zollinger presented the council with an update on the American Rescue Plan Act funds the city received, which total $389,458. To date the funds have been used for a fire department scrubbing system for $51,525 with an additional $10,000 used from equipment reserve funds, eight sets of bunker gear for the fire department for $20,229, and front closure for City Hall for $12,943. ARPA funds will also be used for advanced metering infrastructure for the water department.
A background check has been completed on the final candidate for the open position at the police department. An interview is taking place this week for the next open position in the department that will be available when Sargeant Lee Harp retires.
In other business:
• The council approved a five percent franchise fee for Cox Business to offer services in Clearwater.
• Ordinance 1083 was approved. This ordinance regulates public offenses inside city limits.
• Ordinance 1084 was approved. This ordinance is for standard traffic regulation.
• The council approved the AMI-FCC agreement for a new smart metering system for city utilities.
• The council approved the updated by-laws for the planning commission board.
• The council approved new by-laws for the board of zoning appeals.