Gladbrook City Council By Marcy Knaack
March 14, 2014
Monday evening the Gladbrook Council met and adopted the budget for FY 14/15. There were no objectors present at the public hearing. The tax rate per $1,000 valuation will be $12.90611 compared to $12.68839 in FY 13/14. The ending fund balance on June 30, 2013 was $1,524,838. The taxes levied on property in FY 13 were $279,465 and estimated at $296,152 for FY 14. The Tama County Sheriff’s Office submitted a report stating they had spent 141 hours within the city limits of Gladbrook during February and responded to 19 calls for service. The Council approved the following bills that were not included in the consent agenda; they were CGA - $6,036.50; Goos Implement, $129.29; Alliant Energy, $7,308.14; Tama/Grundy Publishing, $430; and U S Cellular, $69.24. The Council adopted Resolution 14-27 for payment of the insurance premium to Gladbrook Insurance Agency for $49,461, and increase of approximately $650. Resolution 14-29 was adopted to approve a claim to Nova Equipment for $32,224 for new exercise equipment at the Fitness and Wellness Center. There was one bid submitted by Lori Bearden for $802 for the used treadmill with the least miles at the Fitness Center No action was taken on the request from Jay Hansen for an adjustment on his sewer bill. Public Works Director Mark Lowry said the bridge on Grand Street (Dutch Row) is now closed and will probably be closed for a year. The Council is in the process of interviewing three architectural engineers for the project. Lowry shared with the Council some issues with lights and outside gutters and downspouts at the City Center. The Council discussed Ordinance 151 as it pertains to trees. As John Clausen, from Trees Forever, mentioned earlier this year, the Emerald Ash Borer is in Iowa and if it comes to Gladbrook, there will be a large expense to remove the diseased trees. The current policy states that removal of a dead and dying tree is a 50/50 cost split between the property owner and the City. Lowry said so many trees are planted in the berm and that is where most of the utilities and service lines are buried and have had several issues with tree roots. Anyone thinking of planting a tree, needs to do a ‘one call’ to avoid utility and service lines and to obtain an application from the City. Mayor Keith Sash brought up that there are a lot of houses in Gladbrook that do not have house numbers. It is a state requirement that all homes be numbered and the Council suggested 4” numbers be used.
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