September 13, 2018

Council Present: Mayor Kevin Newland, and Councilmembers Keith Jensen, Raymond Kelby, Debbie Moore, and Scott Mortimer, who arrived at 6:06 pm. Staff present: Kaci Anderson.

Open Meeting: Mayor Kevin Newland called the meeting to order at 6:02 pm and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Minutes: Motion made by K. Jensen, seconded by R. Kelby, and carried to approve the August 9, 2018, meeting minutes with clarifications added to section E(a)(ii) regarding grant applications.

Public Comment:

Council Concerns: Mortimer complimented the mayor’s purchase of the new lawn mower. He inquired about the cost of the Town’s current weed spray vendor and the Council discussed possible alternate vendors. S. Mortimer also inquired about building permit processes regarding fires.


Mayor’s Address

Thank you to Debbie Moore: The mayor thanked Debbie for her donation of yellow paint for curbs.

Property on Railroad Avenue: The Council discussed history of a parcel of land on Railroad Avenue and discussed the possibility of purchasing the property. It was decided there would be more research on the ownership history and the matter would be revisited.

Clerk/Treasurer Report:

Motion made by S. Mortimer, seconded by K. Jensen, and carried to approve the Town’s current fiscal status and to pay the September 2018 bills as follows:

September 2018 Bills                                                   Current Account Balances

Checks 9945 – 9969          $       7,728.03                     US Bank               $       110,701.05

Void Check 9963              $  –   1,892.42                     Grant County       $       108,489.97

IRS EFT                             $       1,107.97                     Total                     $       219,191.02

Total                                  $       8,836.00

Maintenance Report: No updates.

Old Business: Mayor Newland mentioned the “scannable” water meters the Town has been interested in to increase efficiency and accuracy. He is going to ask the Town’s engineering firm, CenturyWest, to look into possible grants for upgrades.

New Business / North Central Regional Library Contract Update: Information was provided to the Council from a NCRL representative regarding library usage. Right now, the Town receives a quarterly invoice from NCRL for approximately $820. Half of the quarterly amount is reimbursed from the school district. Mayor Newland stated NCRL would like a new contract agreed upon. He has met with the school district’s superintendent and asked to raise the school’s portion to 60% from 50%. At the time of the meeting, no response or final answer had been received from the superintendent. Mayor Newland stated he believes the school should pay for more than half of the quarterly fees, based on usage data provided by NCRL. The Council discussed individual’s feelings on the matter and it was decided that Mayor Newland’s next step would be for request to be on the school board agenda for their next meeting. K. Anderson will take care of the request.

The Council briefly discussed the vacancy of the airport property. S. Mortimer inquired about possible use by Grant County Fire District 12. A lease agreement draft will be drawn up for the next regular meeting.

Adjournment: Motion made by R. Kelby, seconded by D. Moore, and carried to adjourn the meeting at 6:57 pm. The next regular council meeting is Thursday, October 11, 2018, at 6:00 pm.


A PDF of these minutes is available here: 2018-09-13 minutes