The Kimball city council held its second meeting in November on the 19th. It was a relatively short meeting, much of it spent waiting for the city’s engineer.
State Rep. Jeff Howe attended the meeting, as an observer. The council and Howe were able to share ideas about transportation, the driver diversion program taught by Kimball Police, and other items of interest to our area.
In official business, the city ordered delinquent utilities to be shut off Thursday, Nov. 21. The city will do a rate study before increasing utility rates. And the city needs to re-do its wage scale for pay equity.
Kimball extended its water and sewer operator contract for another year. The city pays two individuals from Hutchinson $500/month each for their services. They have the required licenses, and work well with city staff. It saves the city in both payroll and benefits, and the job gets done well.
Several ordinances and/or amendments are under review by the city’s attorney: criminal background checks, special assessments, water services, and swimming pools.
The city engineer was not present to discuss city hall modifications, so that will be tabled to a future meeting.
The next meeting of the Kimball City Council will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3. Anyone may attend these meetings. Contact the city clerk at least a week in advance to be put on the agenda; otherwise, there is an open forum at the end of each meeting.
Of note, this was the first council meeting for newly appointed councilmember Sheryl Carlson.