Gladbrook City Council By Marcy Knaack
July 12, 2013
Monday evening the Gladbrook City Council gave authorization to Chuck Bearden to provide a new tile outlet because the existing outlet across the property to the north of 705 Washington St. is plugged with tree roots. The outlet will be in the berm of 611 Washington St. Bearden said the problem comes from water across the highway. Work can be started any time. The Council discussed placing a recognition wall at the elevator door in the City Centre for donors who have given to the Fitness Center, Daycare Center, Fire Station/Ambulance Building and City Center through the Gladbrook Foundation. The Council approved the title opinion as prepared by City Attorney John Livingston on the property for the fire station/ambulance building and authorized City Clerk Lori Bearden to issue a check for $15,000 for the property. Neil Rowe who lives on 5th Street has purchased property to the east of his residence and would like to continue with curb and gutter along this property. The Council is in favor of his request but need to visit with other property owners who would be affected and also find out if they would be interested in continuing the curb and gutter along their property. The property on 5th Street is between Washington and King. The Council adopted Resolution 14-01 to amend the SRF 2001 Lagoon note for $706,000 as the interest rate has been reduced to 1.75%. The Council approved transferring $6,000 from the General Fund reserves to the City Centre (Theater/Matchsticks) fund as the City Centre Fund had a negative balance of $5,470.99 at the end of fiscal year 2012-13. Public Works Director Mark Lowry said the DNR did the final inspection of the water plant project but did not give its final approval as there were several issues that needed to be addressed. Some of those included having eye washes available, an emergency water station at the water plant so showers would be available in case of an emergency, upgrading to a 50 gallon water heater and adding an industrial dehumidifier. These expenses would be paid by the water department. Sheriff Dennis Kucera reported that 207 1/2 hours had been spent in the city limits of Gladbrook during June and there were 19 calls. The increase in hours was due to Corn Carnival. Lowry told the Council the street sweeper is inoperable and the Council advised him to dispose of it. City Clerk Lori Bearden said auditors will be in July 30 and 31st. Election papers are available. Roger Luehring, Betty Dahms and Sam Goos have terms expiring as does Mayor Keith Sash.
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