With the meat of the agenda taking only a few minutes, the passage of second readings on Ordinance's 1482, 1484 and Resolution 2014-03, it looked like the meeting would be accomplished in record time.
Even with the short interjection from the public requesting and then inviting the city council to ride in a vintage fire truck during the Labor Day Parade, it was a quick request and then off to dinner, with the entire council, save the Mayor, who has a prior float commitment, vying for their seat of choice aboard the vintage fire truck.
Department reports provided little to the meeting noting that in all departments things are going well for this time of the year. City Supervisor Houk was questioned about street cleaning and said that they had been accomplished, but with the current equipment conditions needed to be right.
"With the cleaner that we got from Raymond, conditions need to be just right for its use, otherwise it just dusts up," said Houk.
"I guess you get what you pay for," noted Councilman Williams and others. The current street cleaner was purchased from the city of Raymond for a dollar.
Supervisor Houk did note that he is looking at newer equipment from the county that will hopefully rectify the situation.
Police Chief Dave Eastham, giving his report later in the meeting, advised that there had been a couple of burglaries, with quick arrests.
"We were able to apprehend the most recent burglary of the South Bend Food Mart during one shift," said Eastham.
It seemed that the man took a cash register from the store and police were able to catch up with him even before he could get the register open.
"Everything was returned," said Eastham.
The Police Chief further advised that traffic was getting a little heavier in town and wanted to advise people that at this time of year they are seeing several fender benders.
"We experienced another motorcycle vs. car accident, no one was badly hurt, but the rider of the motor cycle cited that he only glanced down quickly at his GPS and the next thing he hit the back of a car."
This prompted members of the public and council members to talk about people not driving with the caution that they have seen in the past, keeping the proper distance between vehicles, even in the city.
"Drivers should use the basic 3-car lengths, between vehicles in the city. It only takes a split second to be in an accident," noted Chief Eastham.
With the end of summer and people trying to get out of town to enjoy the good weather and the pending Labor Day activities, traffic will increase in the community.
Mayor Julie Struck's report told of the success of the first South Bend booth at the Pacific County Fair.
"I believed that we needed more of a presence in the community, so we got together and had a booth this year at the fair," told Mayor Struck.
"It really gave us an opportunity to speak one-on-one with residents as well as speak to the development of the new Mary Rogers Park."
During the meeting Struck stated that as long as she is in office South Bend would continue to have a booth at the fair.
Several members of the council remarked at the success of the fair on many points.
Council comments provided updates on a couple of key issues, one being the sani-cans at the boat launch and the state of them. Councilman Robert Hall advised that he did speak to some local fishermen and told them of different locations that could be utilized, as well as posting a sign. The current contract for maintenance of the sani-cans is a weekly clean, but those utilizing them seem to keep it in disrepair.
There was also mention of the mosquito problem by Councilwoman Pat Neve who asked when the next spraying was scheduled. She was advised that it would be the Tuesday, but it was only scheduled every two weeks.
"The contract calls for every two weeks to spray. We can not afford weekly spraying at this time," noted Struck.
The meeting adjourned at 5:58 pm with the next city council meeting scheduled for September 8, at 5:30 pm.