Gladbrook City Council By Marcy Knaack
March 15, 2013
Monday evening the Gladbrook City Council met and adopted the budget for FY 2013-14. There were no objectors present at the public hearing. The tax levy rate per $1,000 valuation on regular property will be $12.68839, compared to last year’s rate of $12.01186. The ending fund balance as of June 30, 2012 was $1,318,753. The taxes levied on property for FY 2012 was $262,284 and proposed for FY 2013 is $296,152. Under the consent agenda, the liquor license for Hometown Foods was approved. John Clausen gave his annual report for Trees Forever and presented a $1,000 check to the City from Alliant Energy. The contract for Tama Co. Law Enforcement was renewed for 2013-14. The contract will remain at 110 hours/month at $42.43/hour, compared to $42.18/hour last year. The total contract is $56,007.60. Those residents who wish to have the Gould curb/gutter assessed to their property taxes will be at an interest rate of 3%. Pay application #14 to S L Baumeier for $9,120 was approved and is subject to satisfactory resolution of the painting at the water plant. Pay application #14 for the retainage for the water mains change order #2 for $800 will be paid to S L Baumeier after 30 day period and contingent on satisfactory resolution of the painting. The claim to CGA for $550 was approved for the utility mapping update. The premium from Gladbrook Insurance Agency for the city’s insurance for 2013/14 will be $48,809, a 10% increase. Public Works Director Mark Lowry said he had received the new permit from the DNR for the lagoon and will be effective 4-1-2013. Lowry said there will be 2 new testing procedures, one for e-coli and another for total nitrogen. As the Marshalltown lab is unable to do the testing on these new procedures, Lowry said he would have to find another source. Within 3 years, the DNR wants to have all e-coli removed. City Clerk Lori Bearden said she has sent a draft of the code book to Iowa Codification. When it is sent back the council will need to approve in 3 readings. They then can make changes to a code to meet the city’s needs. One of the codes to be addressed will be the snow ordinance. Residents have 48 hours to move a vehicle off the street and Mayor Keith Sash said many vehicles have not been moved in quite a while. Property owners are to have snow removed from the sidewalks within 24 hours. Sash said a majority of the sidewalks that are not being cleared now are those owned by banks or are rental property. It is the hope of the Council that next winter an announcement can be put on a local TV channel stating the snow removal ordinance will be enforced. Councilwoman Trudi Scott told the Council that in August and September there will be two tour buses coming to town and asked what could be done to make main street presentable.
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