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Gladbrook City Council By Marcy Knaack

March 16, 2012
Northern-Sun Print
There were no oral or written objections for the public hearing on the 2012-13 budget presented at the Gladbrook City Council meeting Monday evening.  The Council adopted the 2012-13 budget which will have a tax levy rate per $1,000 valuation on regular property of $12.01186, compared to last year’s rate of $12.00. The ending fund balance as of June 30, 2011 was $1,297,901. The taxes levied on property for FY 2011 was $281,093 and proposed for FY 2013 is $272,254. City Clerk Lori Bearden read the CDBG status of funds hearing. At this time $804,115.87 project expenditures have been authorized. The CDBG (grant) request to date is $326,268. The SRF (loan) request is $477,847.87. The maximum CDBG share is $500,000 which will be requested at the end of the project. The contract can be extended for good reason. The distribution improvements at 1/31/12 were 91% complete and the water tower improvements at 3/5/12 were 47% complete. The CDBG contract expires on 8/31/12 and the project should be completed by then. Sheriff Dennis Kucera reported his deputies spent 161 hours within the city limits of Gladbrook during February and responded to 19 calls for service. The claim from Clapsaddle-Garber Associates for the water improvement project was removed from the consent agenda claims and acted on in regular business. The Council approved the claim of $3,399. Walker, Mundt Construction was awarded their bid of $1,800 for labor to repair the roof at the old water plant. The Arbor Day Proclamation was read and Friday, April 27th will be Arbor Day. The liquor license was renewed for Hometown Foods under the consent agenda. Resolution 12-43 for pay application to Maguire Iron for the water tower was approved for $39,757.50 and Resolution 12-44 for payment of $44,637 for the city’s insurance premium was approved. Last year’s premium was $43,726, there is a slight increase in this year’s premium but it does include the new water tower. The Sidewalk Committee of Larry Miell, Dennis Barnes, Mark Knaack and Council member Betty Dahms will be doing a survey of sidewalks in town to determine those needing repair. Mayor Keith Sash asked Councilpersons to consider changing the policy on sidewalk repair whereby the property owner’s responsibility would be 50% of the cost and the city the remaining 50%. The current policy states the property owner pays 100%. Engineer Mike Bearden said the mystery water leak on West Hill has been resolved and the last two services lines were being worked on today. Don Mooney visited with the Council about a sewer problem on West 2nd Street and more information will be available at the April meeting.  


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