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Murray ‘offically retired’
Fennimore council
Former Fennimore Director of Public Works John Murray “finally” officially submitted his retirement to be effective May 10.
        His retirement was approved by the city council during their monthly meeting on Monday, April 15,
        Murray,  who had planned on retiring at last year’s end, agreed to stay on with the city until his position his filled.
        The public works director position was officially given to Jordan Fritche at March’s council meeting after having served on an interim basis since January.
        Murray had been with the city for the past four years,
        240 acres of commercial, industrial and residential land could be coming to the city soon as the council approved an ordinance annexing the property from the Town of Fennimore to the City of Fennimore.
        The city currently has an offer on the land, currently owned by the Larry E. Jeidy And Carol E. Jeidy Irrevocable Trust.
        This land is located to the east of Energizer, near the industrial park.
        The city is currently in the process of doing zoning proposals at this time but, the land will most likely provide for heavy industrial, light industrial, commercial and residential lot according to Fennimore Mayor Ryan Boebel.
        Boebel also stated he hoped the sale would be wrapped up sometime in June.
        In his report to the council, Fennimore Police Chief Chris French stated the department had received squad build bid requests from GenComm who submitted an estimate of $14,249, and Belco, who  submitted an estimate of $8,307.02.
        The council approved Belco’s bid to build the new squad car.  French also stated that Belco advised it will take a few weeks to order some supplies and they will schedule the build as soon as possible.
        Alderperson David Streif asked if the color of the squad would match the department’s truck and that police markings would be visible.
        The squad, like the truck will be dark gray and the marking will be visible.
        Alderperson Adam Day also suggested police markings be included on the back or tailgate of the squad car as well.
        In other business, it was announced that public works employees will be going to 10 hours; four day weeks, Monday through Thursday, with an on call person still scheduled for Fridays.
        Community Development Manager Lydia McLimans reported to the council that according to Grant County Economic Development Executive Director Ron Brisbois, there have been no leads on potential interest  in the purchase in the soon to be closed Energizer building.
        Public Works Director Jordan Fritche also reported that they had started accepting street refurbishing bids, which would be around 16 blocks this year.
        And finally the council approved the Klein Tree Services bid of .90/sq inch., for stump grinding and the city’s tree trimming/clean up.
        Fritche estimated that it would be 1,000 sq inches in total for stump grinding.

         The next meeting of the Fennimore City Council is scheduled for Monday, May 20, at 5:30 p.m., in the council chambers of the Memorial Building.