Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Mike Subulla of the Stearns County Auditor's office informed the Kimball city council at the Feb. 17 regular meeting that it will be lowering taxable values on Kimball properties. Because property sales have dropped throughout the county, the Auditor's office is making these adjustments county-wide. In Kimball, home values will be lowered about 4 percent (3 percent on newer homes, 5 percent on older ones). Lot values will be lowered about 10 percent. There are approx. 30 parcels of agricultural land within city limits; these values will be lowered about 18 percent-except for the few Green Acres parcels, which will be increased about 30 percent. The county's Board of Equalization meeting will be April 1, and taxpayers should receive their notices by around March 20. The city heard a presentation from the second of two candidates for city auditor, LarsonAllen LLP. The council will call references before considering changing auditors. There was discussion of what stimulus money may come our way. Public Works has put in a request for a new truck. Regular Parks Committee meetings have been set up for 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. Eric Loewen is the contact person for the Parks Committee. Interior city hall renovations were discussed with librarian Carla Asfeld. The council will coordinate with the Historical Society to make sure that these renovations disrupt operations as little as possible. Eric Loewen suggested that the council should establish a Planning Commission, now that the groundwork has been done by the Planning Commission Steering Committee. He also recommended moving ahead with rezoning the areas outlined for rezoning by the city's Comprehensive Plan. Both issues were tabled to a future meeting. After the layoff of Jim Schulz, SEH has designated Randy Sabart to be our city engineer. (Sabart was the city's engineer for several years before Schulz.) The city's attorney has advised pursuing legal action against Kuechle Underground for inferior work by some of its subcontractors. Kuechle Underground was the general contractor for street repairs in the city, and suing them is the only recourse to spare the city paying for concrete work done with bad concrete. The concrete company, Knife River, is only willing to accept 10 percent of the fault, but the concrete has a 90-percent failure rate according to tests performed by the city's engineer. No action was taken at the Feb. 17 meeting. It was noted that the Watkins Police Department has been dissolved, and that the city of Watkins plans to contract with Meeker County for police services. The next regular meeting of the Kimball city council is 7 p.m. Monday, March 2. Meetings are open to the public, and anyone may attend. It is recommended that you contact the city clerk well in advance of a meeting to be placed on the agenda (398-2725). Otherwise, an open forum is offered toward the end of each meeting for anyone to speak for a limited time.