Jeremy Gaston | Managing Editor
BURLINGAME—After a short executive session Monday night, the Burlingame City Council took action to offer the city clerk position to Leann Smiley.
Smiley, who was not present at the meeting, was to be offered the position at $13.50 an hour, pending background check and drug test, with a 90 probation period. The position had been filled in interim by Janene Fry since the previous clerk resigned in May.
The city continued discussion of two nuisance properties, the neighboring building on Santa Fe Ave. and the former nursing home site.
The building at 105 E. Santa Fe Ave. was found to have termites, and had been treated prior to the meeting.
“They did find termites in that building,” said Burlingame Mayor Mike Dorr. “The main tunnel was headed west toward us.”
The 105 E. Sante Fe Ave. with “preventative maintenance” prior to the meeting, and had received a service proposal from The Bug Guys to drill and treat city hall for $1,580, with a 10-year warranty.
“Is this something we need to take bids on?” asked Council member Vikki DeMars.
Council member Carolyn Strohm also questioned other methods for treating the issue.
“He doesn’t advocate bait stations, other companies do,” Strohm said.
DeMars moved the council table the issue until they had received more estimates.
The council also discussed the former nursing home at 413 S. Prospect, which had
been submitted for a grant to build senior/low-income housing. The contractor had been denied a grant for 2013, but intended to reapply in February 2013.
“They wanted to know our intentions, if we wanted to proceed with housing, by Aug. 1,” Dorr said.
Dorr had contacted five other parties who had expressed interest in purchasing the lot.
“I had one sure, one maybe, two that haven’t called back, and one no,” Dorr said. “There were five I had heard about – those were the five I contacted.”
The council recalled discussion concerning demolition, utility installation and taxes the city would be responsible if they proceeded with the developer.
“They can’t reapply until February…it’ll by May, June before they know anything,” said council member Michelle Mullinex.
“I’d love to see something done up there, I don’t have a crystal ball to tell,” Strohm said. “I would say we’ll give them a full year from this day on. If it’s not there by next year, than I’m done with them.”
In other business, the council:
• received an update on the zoning regulations for approval, which were tabled until the could be reviewed.
• authorized the purchase of road oil for approximately 15 blocks of chip and seal maintenance.
• authorized the final pay request from KC Construction to close out Phase II of the sewer project.
• discussed purchasing a transformer and switch gear directly with Burlingame Superintendent Joey Lamond and preventative tree maintenance to protect power lines. No action was taken on either item.
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