May 9, 2019

Council present: Mayor Kevin Newland, and Councilmembers Raymond Kelby, Debbie More, and Keith Jensen. Staff present: Kaci Anderson.

  1. Open Meeting: Mayor Kevin Newland called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm and led the Pledge of Allegiance.
  2. Minutes: Motion made by K. Jensen, seconded by D. Moore, and carried to approve April 11, 2019, meeting minutes.
  3. Public Comments: Several residents attended to further discussion the proposed ordinance regarding solid waste (garbage). Mayor Newland was able to explain the intent behind his decision to propose the ordinance and contract with Consolidated Disposal: to generate revenue for the Town in such a way that is not increasing or creating taxes so that projects in Town can be completed without depleting the Town’s bank account. Many residents wanted to again express that they do not support the ordinance. Councilmember K. Jensen assured residents that the Council is hearing these concerns, which is why a decision has not been rushed and has not yet been reached. Mayor Newland stated there would be no vote taken on the proposed ordinance at this meeting. Most visitors left the meeting following this discussion, at 7:00 pm.
  4. Council Concerns and Issues:
    • R. Kelby inquired about a truck speeding through town with spray tanks on the back. Mayor Newland confirmed the Town has not hired anyone to spray (for weeds or other).
  5. Reports
    • Mayor’s Address:
      • Mayor Newland added to his address the discussion of the two animal/livestock applications received. The Council discussed the application for a horse, questioning specifically the size of the pen/living area for the horse. The Council requested more information regarding area size, etc., required by other Towns – Kaci will research and report back at next meeting. The Council agreed the application including the goats was acceptable as the goats have already been homed with the applicant and there have been no issues. However, no action was taken regarding the horse application. The Council is hesitant to set a precedent regarding horses in a residential area. Decision is pending further research.
      • Thank You to Roxi Mortimer and Horticulture Students: Mayor Newland thanks Roxi Mortimer for leading the horticulture students from Wilson Creek High School in filling the Town’s flower pots. They look great!
      • Water System: Mayor Newland noted there has been a green tint to the water at the school and toward the north/northwest side of town. The color is reportedly due to an algae, which is not unhealthy but can look alarming and worrisome. He also noted there may be a leak or contamination within the system and has asked the Fire District to purge the hydrants, which should be done later this month or early next month. He has been in contact with the Department of Health regarding the issue, specifically regarding the chlorine treatments.
      • Maple Street Road Work: Part of Maple Street is washed out. Mayor Newland formed an agreement with the County to secure road work to repair the damage.
    • Clerk/Treasurer Report:
      1. Motion made by K. Jensen, seconded by D. Moore, and carried to approve the Town’s current fiscal status and to pay the May 2019 bills as follows:
        1. May 2019 Bills
          • Payroll checks 10134 – 10144 $2,722.46
          • A/P checks 10145 – 10161 $5,440.72
          • EFT payments $629.24
          • Total $ 8,792.42
        2. Current Account Balances
          • US Bank $114,918.60
          • Grant County $109,734.14*
          • Total $224,652.74
          • K. Anderson noted that the account balance from Grant County is accurate as of the end of April as the most recent statement had not been received yet.
    • Maintenance Report: None.
  6. Old Business:
    • Weed Control: Thanks to the Fire District burning vegetation along the dike and staff work toward weed control, the Town is on track to spend less in this area than in previous years paying a contractor/business. Next area to focus on is alleys and the ball field.
    • Continue Discussion of Proposed Contract Services with CDSI: No further discussion.
      • Approval of Ordinance 429: Solid Waste Management: Ordinance was tabled, no action was taken.
  7. New Business:
    • Approval of Sale of Lights to Lyle Komarek: L. Komarek offered $50 for each of the two train traffic lights in the Town’s possession. Mayor Newland expressed his opinion that the lights are worth more than what was offering. The Council opted to leave the decision of the sale to Mayor Newland.
  8. Adjournment: Motion made by K. Jensen, seconded by D. Moore, and carried to adjourn the meeting at 7:38 pm. The next regular council meeting is Thursday, June 13, 2019, at 6:00 pm.