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Gladbrook City Council By Marcy Knaack

October 14, 2011
Northern-Sun Print
Monday evening, October 10, the Gladbrook City Council heard from Roger Thompson and John Clausen of Trees Forever that an anonymous donor had given $10,000 toward replacing trees at Union Grove Lake and would include those with a Garwin address that lived around the lake. Clausen said this past year fifty-eight trees had been planted in Gladbrook. Plans are to plant a red oak tree in the park.  The City of Gladbrook will make a $250 donation towards the matching grant of $1,000 with Alliant Energy and will send a letter of support for the project. There were no written or oral objections for the building permit variance requested from Jerry and Jan Schultz at 706 5th Street for a garage in the rear yard. City Code limits accessory buildings to not be more than 12 feet in height. The Schultz’s are requesting permission to build a garage in which to store their semi-tractor which will require a 14 foot high overhead door. The Council granted their request and they will have 24 months to complete the project. Beth Miller of Bowman and Miller reviewed the 2010-11 audit report and gave fund report balances for the general, road use, debt service, TIF, capital projects, water, sewer, City Center and Fitness Center funds. The Council approved the FY 10-11 annual audit. The following resolutions were approved: Resolution 12-12 approving a pay estimate to S L Baumeier Co for $175,563.64 was approved for construction completed thus far and stored materials. Resolution 12-13 to approve the ACH authorization form provided by the Iowa Finance Authority and ACH debits and credits necessary for participation in the State Revolving Fund program for the purpose of the Water Improvement Project. Resolution 12-14 for payment in the amount of $42,880 to Boland Recreation. The claim will be processed and check printed but will be held until satisfactory installation of equipment is indicated from Learning Center and Public Works Superintendent. $33,830 is for the equipment north of the school, $8,300 for equipment at the day care and $750 for a swinging park bench. Installation costs of $16,440 will be billed later. Resolution 12-16 to approve the interfund loan of $150,000 from the Sewer Enterprise Fund to the Water Improvement Project Fund with an annual interest fee of 1%. This will allow the Water Board to pay contractors for approved project pay applications in a timelier manner than waiting 4-6 weeks for receipt of the CDBG and SRF drawdowns. Resolution 12-17 to recognize the need for the Gladbrook Fire Department to provide mutual aid and assistance between Marshall County and other municipalities in Marshall County. Resolution 12-18 for payment of $28,622.37 to Municipal Street Improvement for recent street repairs made in the City of Gladbrook. Engineer Mike Bearden updated the Council on progress of the water improvement project and said the project is going very well with several areas completed. He said boring under the highway has been done for the new water tower.  The foundation will be poured during November/December and then there won’t be any activity until March. The Council approved a three-year agreement with Electric Pump of Des Moines to annually check the pumps at the Lift Station for a yearly fee of $839.13. The Council approved the Annual Finance Report as prepared by City Clerk Lori Bearden. Sheriff Dennis Kucera reported his department had spent 137.5 hours within the City of Gladbrook during September and there were 15 calls for service.  


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