Tricounty News

Kimball city council update

The Kimball city council met Monday, Oct. 20, in a regular meeting. The Kimball Boy Scout troop 357 attended the first part of the meeting.  The city presented Mary Johnson of the Kimball Area Historical Society with an old city seal recently found in the city office. Merle Anderson from the Clearwater River Watershed District presented a brochure listing water improvement projects the CRWD is currently undertaking or planning. The council officially adopted a snowmobile/ATV ordinance by roll-call vote (with DuWayne Orbeck the only one objecting). They voted to adopt a new ordinance governing the use of golf carts in town (with Orbeck again objecting, stating again that the city has too many ordinances and "can't handle the ones we have"). The council officially moved to hire Andrew Toenjies (part-time police officer), and introduced the new clerk Tammy Weege (who will begin the job Tuesday this week). A number of utility bills were paid late last month by Kimball residents, and the council believes that some bills were received late or not at all. They will look into the postal situation, and agreed to waive late fees for last month only, and only for accounts that were otherwise in good standing. The adjustment should show up on this month's bill. The council heard from a volunteer group, represented by Tim Zipoy and Tom Ehlinger, concerned about safety, parking, and spectator seating at the ballfields to the west of the high school football field. The city had posted "no parking" signs along both sides of the street to make it safe for emergency vehicles to pass through. The group wants to work with both the city and school to make improvements (and possibly find funding for them) to the fields. Mayor Tammy Konz reported that, after two years of phone calls and pleading, the CP Rail Holiday Train will again stop in Kimball this year. Konz hopes to make a family evening of it, with a number of activities in the park, culminating in arrival of the train at 8:45 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14. The next regular meeting of the Kimball city council has been re-scheduled from Monday to Thursday, Nov. 6, at 6:30 p.m.; canvassing of the Nov. 4 elections will take place at this meeting. Monday, Nov. 24, at 6:30 p.m. the council will discuss next year's budget. The city's Truth in Taxation meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, and the city will approve the final budget at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15.