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Gladbrook City Council By Marcy Knaack

June 14, 2013
Northern-Sun Print
Monday evening the Gladbrook City Council voted to commit a total of $225,000 over a 3-year period for the proposed Gladbrook fire/ambulance building project. To date $187,904 has been received in donations toward the project. Plans are to have the building enclosed by December 2014 with work to be completed on the inside during the winter months. The City entered into a 10-year mutual aid agreement with members of the Marshall County Emergency Medical Services Association. Mike Bearden talked to Council members on revenue and expenses associated with the theater and Matchstick Marvels. The building has been in existence for 10 years and during that time theater prices went from $1.00 to $2.00 in May of 2009 and in January 2012 admission prices went to $3.00 and $4.00. There have been changes in concession prices over the ten years and it was just this April that admission to Matchstick Marvels went from $3.00 to $5.00. The biggest expense has been the increase in insurance costs. The board has been diligent in getting new on-screen advertising and have worked hard on cutting corners where possible. To avoid a negative balance at the end of this fiscal year, an inter-fund transfer will be made to offset the negative balance from general reserves. At this time it looks as the negative balance could be around $9,400. The quotes from Palace Roofing & Construction and Iowa Builders for steel and labor to replace the roof at the library were approved. Money in the library building reserves will be used to cover the cost. Over the last few years the bridge on Grand Street has had its tonnage reduced with each bridge inspection. Public Works Director Mark Lowry put in a request to have the bridge replaced several years ago and recently received a letter from the DOT stating the request had been accepted and the quote to replace the bridge was $250,000. DOT will cover 80% of the cost with the city to pick up 20%. The necessary paper work will be sent in to proceed with the project. Lowry said the recent heavy rains have caused issues with the creek and storm sewer on West Johnston and said he would explore means of resolving the issues and what the cost would be. He said the creek has doubled in size over the last 5 years. Council adopted Resolution 13-45 and approved the inter-fund loan principal re-payment from the water improvement project fund to the sewer fund plus interest in the amount of $152,500. The loan was made initially for cash flow purposes. Resolution 13-46 to transfer $38,000 from the general fund to the water improvement capital project for fire hydrant replacement and the logo on the water tower was approved. $35,000 was to pay for 7 fire hydrant replacements and $3,000 was the addition of the logo on the water tower. Resolution 13-47 to transfer from the general fund to the road use fund for the expense of curb and gutter on Gould Street in the amount of $24,797 was approved. Resolution 13-42 was approved for street repairs done by L L Pelling Co of North Liberty in the amount of $39,188.20. Resolution 13-43 to allow the use of golf carts for the Corn Carnival parades was adopted. The City Council will allow the use of golf carts on Gladbrook city streets on Thursday, June 27th between the hours of 4 and 8 p.m. and Friday, June 28th between the hours of 3 and 9 p.m. All other use of golf carts on the streets and alleys is prohibited and violators may be issued citations by the Tama County Sheriff’s Office. Resolution 13-44 to allow the use of all-terrain and gator utility vehicles by Corn Carnival Corporation permits only was adopted. All permitted vehicles will operate between the hours of 5 am and midnight. These may be used from June 26 – 30th. The Tama County Sheriff’s Department spent 137.25 hours within the city limits of Gladbrook and responded to 25 calls for service. A claim to DeWitt Refrigeration was removed from the consent agenda for air condition repair at the City Centre as were two claims to Clappsaddle-Garber & Associates for the water project DNR fee and the final payment for utility mapping. These claims were approved by the Council. Late claims in the amount of $1,446.38 were approved. The resignation of Bud Bassett as Assistant Public Works was accepted. His resignation was effective May 31st but is helping out as needed until someone is hired. The Council discussed at length how to get rid of the cats and raccoons on Main Street and may take legal action. Lowry said he continues to work on the lagoon updates and due to excessive heavy rains there have been issues with the controller at the lift station. A special meeting will be held Monday, June 24th at 7 p.m. to finish year-end business.


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