Gladbrook City Council By Marcy Knaack
January 18, 2013
After several months of working on a golf cart ordinance, the Gladbrook City Council Monday evening approved the 3rd and final reading. It will now be published in the local paper and City Clerk Lori Bearden will work on getting the appropriate paper work done, such as the stickers and permit application. Council approved a pay estimate to S L Baumeier for continued work on the water improvement project of $21,579.85. A pay estimate of $10,015.56 to S L Baumeier was approved for Gould Street Improvements. A claim to Clappsaddle-Garber & Associates for $2,950 was removed from the consent agenda and approved. The bill included 2 months of utility mapping and $950 for Gould Street curb and gutter. A claim to DeWitt Refrigeration for $472.17 was approved. The work was to replace the blower module on the clerk’s office, council room and matchstick furnace. A tax abatement application was received from Mark Goos for improvements to the NAPA store. This is a 3-year commercial application and is for the improvements only. Clerk Bearden and Mayor Keith Sash shared some information with the council regarding a DNR grant for removal of an existing building. The City plans to take down the Osten building that is located near the water plant. Bearden will file the application. Sash said Tama County Economic Development will do an Iowa State Study of all the communities in Tama County. The cost to do the study is $9,000 and Tama Co. Economic Development will pick up the tab. The study will show what your city will look like in 10-15 years and nothing is done for improvements during that time. Public Works Director Mark Lowry updated the Council on the lagoon permit stating they are working off a permit from 2007. He said budget allowances will need to be made to update the lagoon. Tama County Sheriff Dennis Kucera submitted a report showing that 126.5 hours were spent within the city limits of Gladbrook during December and there were 19 calls for service. Under the consent agenda a liquor license was approved for the Gladbrook Legion. Librarian Karen Collins gave Council members an update on the activities that happened at the library this past year. The biggest event was the Civil War exhibit where 389 attended. Collins said they upgraded two patron computers that are used mostly by older citizens but that employees working on the Windfarm came in to use them as do extended families who are visiting in the area. The circulation computer was also upgraded. She said a new flag pole with a solar light was erected and the front door was made handicap accessible which called for some sidewalk restoration. The library is now set up for e-reader and there will be a class on Saturday January 19th at 9 am to help patrons learn how to use e-reader. Collins said several classes have been held at the library. They included 2 knitting classes, a tole painting class, 2 flower arrangement classes and a Hospice quilt was made. The summer reading program was a big hit last June and July with 29 boys and girls attending. Friday afternoon coffee and cookies continues each Friday. Collins said she has been librarian the past 5 years and said she receives lots of compliments on the library. The employee personnel committee will meet Saturday, February 2nd at 7 a.m., followed by a budget workshop.
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