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Thursday, March 14, 2019
Carbon Monoxide Alarms

During the City Council meeting on March 11, council passed Bill (#311-18) which amends Section 7-317 of the Code of Ordinances entitled “Amendments and changes to the property maintenance code” to require carbon monoxide alarms in dwelling units that contain a fuel-fired appliance or that have an attached garage. Under the former code provisions, the alarms were only required for newly-constructed dwellings and dwellings where a building permit was issued for interior work. Under this bill, alarms should be properly installed outside of each separate sleeping areas or if a fuel-burning appliance is located within a bedroom or an attached bathroom, it should be installed in the bedroom.

Property owners are responsible for installation and replacement of malfunctioning alarms. Occupants are responsible for replacing batteries and notifying the property owner if the alarm stops functioning. Residential dwellings that do not comply can be designated as dangerous buildings. However, this new amendment will not allow for the issuance of administrative citations or prosecution in municipal court for failure to install an alarm.

Outlaw Adventure Run

The registration deadline is quickly approaching for the parks department's annual Outlaw Adventure Run. This not-so-typical 5k will take place March 23, starting at 10am, at Krug Park. The run/walk event takes participants through the course as they maneuver through, over and under obstacles along the way. Participants must be 10 years old or older. The registration deadline is March 21. For more information, call 271-5501.

Enhancing the Flavor of Your Meals

Cooking at home can be healthy, rewarding and cost-effective. Studies show that how food tastes tops nutrition as the main reason why Americans buy one food over another, so make taste a kitchen priority when preparing nutritious, satisfying meals. To maximize food's flavor and nutrition, start with high-quality ingredients. They don't need to be the most expensive foods. It's also important to handle and store foods properly, because poor storage destroys flavor and quality. Overcooking can also destroy flavor and nutrients. So, cook to retain nutrients, flavor, color, texture and overall appeal.

Try these simple techniques to enhance flavor and experiment with flavor combinations:

  • Intensify the flavors of meat, poultry and fish with high-heat cooking techniques such as pan-searing, grilling or broiling, which help to brown meat and add flavor. Just don't overcook, burn or char meat. 
  • Grill or roast veggies in a very hot oven or grill for a sweet, smoky flavor. Before popping them into the oven, brush or spray lightly with high-heat oil and sprinkle with herbs.
  • Caramelize sliced onions to bring out their natural sugar flavor by cooking slowly over low heat in a bit of oil. They make a rich, dark sauce for meat or poultry.
  • Pep it up with peppers! Use red, green and yellow peppers of all varieties - sweet, hot and dried. Or, add a dash of hot pepper sauce.
  • Add a tangy taste with citrus juice or grated citrus peel - lemon, lime or orange. Acidic ingredients help lift and balance flavor.
  • Use small amounts of ingredients with bold flavors such as pomegranate seeds, chipotle pepper or cilantro.
  • Give a flavor burst with quality condiments such as horseradish, flavored mustard, chutney, wasabi, bean purees, tapenade and salsas of all kinds.

When the Water Rises

Though it may look like we might be in the clear for more winter weather chances, it’s time to start preparing for the next potential weather risk. Floods are among the most frequent and costly natural disasters as it often occurs following a hurricane, thawing snow or several days of sustained rain. Flash floods occur suddenly, due to rapidly rising water... read more
Upcoming City Talk

We want to hear what you have to say... So, we are inviting you to attend the upcoming City Talk, which will be held at 7pm, on Monday, March 18, at the Community Missions 8th Street Drop-In, 629 South 8th Street. This City Talk is being hosted by Mayor Bill McMurray and Brian Myers, Councilmember At-Large. Light refreshments will be provided from 6:30-7pm, if you'd like to come early and visit with your City Council representatives.

This is your opportunity to let us know what is on your mind. We welcome questions, suggestions, complaints and even compliments. Or, you can just come and listen to what your neighbors have to say.
(816) 271-5300