History programs back on track



February 27, 2018 - 12:00 AM

Wintry weather put the kibosh on a pair of history presentations last week, although organizers anticipate significantly better conditions for both to go off without a hitch this time around.
Iolan Donna Houser updated County Council members Monday on two such discussions, both pushed back from last Thursday.
The Iola Public Library will host a “Gas Boom” discussion at 7 p.m. Wednesday, in which Houser will talk about the history of Gas.
Meanwhile, the Register’s Bob Johnson will discuss about historic happenings in Iola and Allen County over the past half century at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Frederick Funston Meeting Hall.
Johnson’s talk is part of the Allen County HIstorical Society Winter Meeting.
Houser also told Council members about the 2018 Iola Reads program covering “The Wright Brothers” and the history of flight.
As part of the program, Iola Reads will host an air flight expo March 13 at the Recreation Community Building at Riverside Park. The history and science behind air travel will be detailed in a series of exhibits. Local pilots also will be on hand, as will Iola High School physics students with demonstrations on electricity.

COUNCIL members approved demolition orders for unsafe structures at 322 South and 426 N. Third streets after neither of the property owners appeared at public hearings regarding their status at the Council’s regular meeting.
The Council also voted, 6-1, to grant a 90-day extension to Ray Morrell to complete repairs to a house his family owns at 3 W. Neosho St. after he promised to fix the roof, porch, windows and siding.
If the repairs are not complete, the house will be condemned and ordered demolished, Council members said.
Councilman Mike Maloney cast the lone dissenting vote. Bob Shaughnessy was absent.

COUNCIL members tabled discussion on proposed changes to the city’s personnel policy after City Administrator Sid Fleming asked for a delay, noting he and other city staffers are still cleaning up language and clarifying certain policies.
The proposed changes would transfer all personnel decisions from the Council to Fleming.
Council members must approve the changes before they become effective.

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