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Gladbrook City Council By Marcy Knaack

September 14, 2012
Northern-Sun Print
Monday evening the Gladbrook City Council approved the 1st reading of the golf cart ordinance, contingent on recommendations and suggestions from Sheriff Dennis Kucera, and authorized City Clerk Lori Bearden to publish the ordinance in the local paper. Beth Miller of Bowman & Miller reviewed the 2011-12 audit with council members.  In her review she gave comparisons over the past five years of the fund balances, property tax collections and expenses. This year the general fund balance was $727,477 compared to $688,407 last year and the road use fund was $69,760 compared to $52,106 last year. The Council accepted the proposal for curb and gutter on Gould Street and City Engineer Mike Bearden will have bids at the next meeting. Plans are to eliminate the culverts at the Bruene and Warnell properties, remove 5’ of existing street and install a new intake at the bottom of the hill. Bearden discussed with the council extending the project in front of the property at 317 5th St. because of water issues and proceed with the extension if approved by the property owner. Sheriff Dennis Kucera reported 113.5 hours spent within the city limits of Gladbrook during August and responded to 21 calls for service. A liquor license for Day in the Sun was approved under the consent agenda. Kathy Miell spoke with the Council about dogs in her neighborhood that are not confined to the owner’s property and will get the address to the sheriff. Miell operates a day care and says the children are afraid of the dogs when walking to and from school. The Council accepted the change order on the water improvement project as it was determined that project materials quantities have changed along with the need for additional fire hydrants, erosion control matting and the addition of a tower overflow outlet was in the best interest of the project. The additional cost will be $19,567. Resolutions 13-11 and 13-12 were introduced and approved. Resolution 13-11 was to pay $22,755.35 to Maguire Iron for the water tower and Resolution 13-12 was to S L Baumeier for $7,366.87 for improvements to the water mains. A bill to Clapsaddle, Garber & Associates was approved. This included $1100 for utility mapping, $1704 for the final design of the water main construction project and $1200 for curb and gutter design on Gould St. Trick or Treat will be Wednesday, October 31st from 6 – 8 p.m. The city employees will have a plan together for the October meeting for a town clean-up. Watch for more details. A 5-year Capital Improvement Plan has been initiated and Mayor Keith Sash would like the council and water board members to review the items as they will be re-visited each month to determine what items need to be addressed and how. Several of the items include updating the city code, removal and repair of rundown properties, street improvements with curb and gutter, storm and sanitary sewer improvements, wastewater projects, upgrading city equipment, library and fire station upgrades, main street improvements, new housing development and incentives.


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