Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
By Jean Doran Matua, Editor
At its Sept. 7, 2010, meeting, the Kimball city council:
¥ Approved extending the police contract with Fair Haven, with no changes in hours or dollar amounts.
¥ Discussed a new truck for the police department; public works needs a new truck as well.
¥ Historical Society presented plans and bids received for phase 5 of their renovation of city hall. The roof is to be replaced (and has been since the meeting), and the second floor will be renovated and opened.
¥ Dennis Loewen from the Clearwater River Watershed District presented the Kimball Stormwater Project. Bids would be opened the next day for excavation work in Willow Creek Park to construct a holding pond. The project is made possible by a substantial grant, and work must be completed soon or the grant will be withdrawn. This project will relieve several problems related to stormwater runoff into Willow Creek and beyond.
¥ Heard the audit report by the city's new auditors, Larson Allen. The process went well, and the bookkeeping looks good.
¥ Rental appeals board waived $680 in penalties on a Main Street rental property.
¥ Agreed to proceed with a 10-year TIF project for Heritage House.
¥ Sept. 30 is Kimball's Arts in the Park. Coordinators Rose Borman and Chris Jeppesen asked for support and help recruiting local artists.
¥ Agreed to proceed with plans to improve the city's ballfield (lights and grandstand).
¥ Public works discussed clogged sewer line to Hazel Ave. property; homeowner is responsible for repairs, as is city policy.
¥ Discussed city's new rental ordinance and the problems the city and rental property owners have experienced since it was approved.
¥ Agreed two years ago to pay up to $6,000 for new bathrooms at the Willow Creek Park shelter. This is the Lions Club next project in the park, and the city agreed to pay the difference between the cost and funds raised.
¥ Discussed the city budget for 2011 and agreed to a 3.5% increase. There will be a Truth In Taxation meeting in December.
¥ Three community members will run for two council positions to be open in January 2011: Nate Osmundson, DuWayne Orbeck, and Joe Krippner will run for the council seats currently held by Orbeck and Krippner.
Next council meeting is 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21. All meetings are open to the public.