Yuma City Council held first meeting in 2021

The Yuma City Council laid the groundwork for the Lake Yuma Project during its regular meeting held virtually last week.
Mayor Ron Swehla, and council members Marylu Smith-Dischner, Dan Baucke, Marc Shay, Daniel Ebersole, and Tim McClung participated via Zoom. Councilman Steve Hoch joined late in the meeting.
A construction contract with Solitude Lake Management was approved. The council previously had approved Solitude’s bid of $304,208. The contract is 150 pages.
An agreement with 4D Electric LLC for the project also was approved. The council earlier had approved 4D’s bid for $4,200 to handle the electrical portion of the project.
Lake Yuma will be getting an overhaul with better drainage, aeration, dredging, building up the shoreline and more. City Manager Scott Moore said there was no specific starting date, though it will start sometime in the spring, and the contract does state it will be completed by July 1.
Another resolution which designates posting places for public meetings was passed. The city’s website and the front window of City Hall are the official posting places.
Jenny Wayne’s High Octane liquor license was renewed on a 6-0 vote.
The council had a couple of purchases above $5,000 to consider. The council approved $6,442.65 to the Statewide Internet Pole Authority (SIPA), for the city’s 45 email licenses at $143.70 per license.
It also approved $48,190 to Exponential for a study of the city’s electrical infrastructure. Moore told the council that the city already has mapping of its system, but there needs to be updates and the study will show what size of fuses should be at each location. Moore said the idea is to lessen the impact of outages.
Police Chief Jerry Thompson requested approval to spend $6,086.51 for two radios.
All those purchases are in the 2021 budget.
Shay reported that several people have commented to him about how nice the city looked during the Christmas season, with other council members seconding that sentiment.