Organizations to plant more trees in Burlingame parks

BURLINGAME—An initiative to secure more shaded area in the recreation commission ballpark complex was introduced by council member and Burlingame Tree Board Member Carolyn Strohm during the March 17 council meeting. Strohm summarized a recent meeting between members of the tree board and USD 454 school district.

“We talked with the school to get comments, if they would like to see more trees planted around the ball parks for shade,” Strohm said. “For a couple of weeks, we’re going to put collection boxes in classrooms and have a contest among the classes.”

The class that collects the most money will be honored with a pizza party. Students would also be involved in planting the trees April 25 for Arbor Day. Notice of the competition had been included in the school newsletter. She also commented that the tree board hoped the city would match funds raised by students.

The citywide garage sale is scheduled for April 4, followed by citywide cleanup, April 11. The council authorized payment for two dumpsters to support the cleanup effort.

Before approving the action, Burlingame Mayor Mike Dorr and several council members expressed concern that some residents may have diminished community intent and benefit of the effort by discarding unauthorized items. Several strategies to overcome the continuing problem were discussed.

The council discussed the status of the effort to reconcile 2013 bank statements, agreeing that significant progress had been made. A target date of April 21 was set for completion of the effort.

In other business, the council:

• set April 1 as deadline for receipt of employment applications for swimming pool manager and life guards.

• approved a one year renewal of the Micro-Comm utility telemetry system contract for $2,250.

• received a report from city superintendent Joey Lamond that Dacotah Street, at the power plant, would be closed Mar. 24-28 for excavation and burial of a conduit as part of the project to upgrade the city’s electric utility system.

• approved $695 for purchase of a full page advertisement in the third edition of the Guide to Osage County, to be published this summer.

• authorized $50 contribution to a Jeff McFarlane Memorial.

• tabled consideration of a request to waive tap and building permit fees for a proposed senior housing development, since Osage County Economic Development Director Stephanie Watson was unable to attend the council meeting.

• tabled discussion related to the adult summer softball league, to allow more time to secure detail information.

• received a brief summary of Burlingame Rodeo Days planning from Jeanne Riggs, and a summary of summer youth rally plans from Susan DeMars.

• convened an executive session, requested by Dorr, to discuss non-elected personnel.

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