Second police officer hired at Valley Falls
by Clarke Davis
A second full-time police officer has been hired by the city of Valley Falls.
Travis Adams, Ozawkie, was offered the job following the Nov. 16 council meeting and he has accepted. He will begin duties here Dec. 1.
Adams is a former part-time Jefferson County deputy and is leaving an enforcement job at Horton.
In other business, the council looked at a rough sketch outlining the design of a new city office building at 417 Broadway.
The council approved the layout, which gives Heinen Custom Operations the green light to proceed with plans. Construction on the building is expected to begin soon.
The deed to the building was donated to the city, which has already spent nearly $50,000 to raze the building and then enclose it with a new roof to protect the business buildings on both sides.
The council will use the city’s idle funds to finance the construction phase. City Administrator Chris Channell said there is no timeline for the building project, that HCO will fit it into their schedule as they have time.
A written complaint by Kurt Oborn aimed at his next door neighbors, the Branstetter family on Elm Street, has been processed by the council’s health committee. Channell reports that nothing in the complaint rose to the level of invoking the law. Committee members Jo Tichenor and Todd Harrington visited the location.
Channell said Ben Branstetter did come to city hall and read the complaint and had made a few improvements at Channell’s suggestion. The complaint cited lawn mowers and barbecue grills left in the yard and the administrator suggested keeping them more orderly and organizing some things on the porch.
Channell further stated that there was nothing out of line at the Branstetter home that could not be found on other properties in the same area. Peeling paint had also been mentioned by Oborn and Channell reports that the family does intend to paint the home before too much longer, but even this was not considered a violation of the law.
Branstetter had visited the council meeting recently and told officials that Oborn’s complaints came close to being a case of harassment.
Harrington was not present at the meeting.
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