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Stage IV Remains

Russell City Council 2013 JuneThe Russell City Council voted Tuesday evening to leave the current Stage IV Water Emergency in place in Russell after recent rains prompted Councilmembers to consider easing the restrictions.

Councilmembers and city officials cited better water levels at the Pfeifer Wells, but unstable and unsatisfactory conditions in Big Creek as their main reason for hesitance to relax the current outdoor ban on watering.

Councilman Chuck Bean...

Russell Public Works Director Arlyn Unrein agreed.

In other business, a budget hearing was held. After hearing from a few Russell citizens and getting the thoughts of city department heads, Councilmembers consented to take away the proposed two mill increase in the 2014 budget that would have allowed for the hire of a city code enforcement officer.

Newly appointed Councilman Tony Witt spoke against the hire and tax hike.

One way that might be achieved - having more people do the enforcing - was brought up by City Manager Jon Quinday. He said, in talking with Fire Chief Shane Preston, it might be possible to have part-time firefighters do some of the work.

A final and official vote to approve the budget will take place on August 20.

Irrigation well and pipeline bids involving the two irrigation wells west of Pfeifer that Russell has reached an agreement to purchase water from were also discussed.

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