Many of the councilors, minus an absent Jerry Burnett, also took time out during Monday’s meeting to praise the city’s waste-water, road, and utility employees’ work through the bitterly cold snap.
“People and equipment can’t operate when it’s 15 below zero,” said Councilor Jim Eastham.
Eastham pointed out that road salt doesn’t work at a certain temperature.
But nonetheless, some employees were out and about in the dangerous temperatures.
“They did a fine job,” said Councilor Pat Bourne. “I appreciate them.”
In other news from the Monday Somerset City Council meeting:
• Councilor Tom Eastham asked about a number of fee refunds that were given out concerning the city’s recreational basketball league at Rocky Hollow, located on South Central Avenue. Girdler said the city decided to drastically cut bask-etball participation fees from $50 per child down to $10. The move is similar to what officials did concerning soccer league fees at Somersport Park.
Girdler said those families who had already paid the $50 fee received a refund for the difference.
“I think they’ve had a tremendous increase in basketball (enrollment),” said Girdler.
The increase in basketball participants brought up another issue that the council had recently discussed: Expanding Rocky Hol-low’s basketball courts.
Wheeldon asked that the city take a serious look at an expansion, especially in the face of increased participation.
“They’re in dire need of another floor,” said Wheeldon. “I think we need to be looking at expanding the ... floor space where they can play ball.
“When you’ve got 38 teams on one floor, you’re overcrowded,” added Wheeldon. “They could have a lot more, they just need space.”
Jim Eastham had brought a possible expansion up in a prior council meeting.
The council approved authorizing an architect to look into expanding Rocky Hollow, and possibly to study whether the Somerset Family Fitness Center, located on East Somerset Church Road, can be expanded in case the Rocky Hollow expansion is not feasible.