At its Dec. 12 meeting, the Watkins City Council adopted its final 2014 property tax levy and budget. The approved levy is $533,270 which includes two outstanding bonds from 2007 and 2013.
The council agreed to allow St. Anthony Church to use the Village Hall during winter 2014, and before then if needed. The church is in the process of replacing its boiler, and the school’s boiler is on its last legs. In the event the boiler at the school goes, they will need a place for religion classes and as a social hall for funerals, fish fry events, etc. The council agreed to a $25/floor fee to the church for religious ed. classes, $50 per other event, and a refundable $200 cleaning deposit (only actual cleaning charges will be deducted from it). They will get one event per year free, like all other non-profits.
Snow plowing with the new equipment is going well. The only problem was on Meeker Avenue. With cars parked on both sides of the street, the 12-foot plow has barely 6 inches clear on either side of the plow.
The Meeker County Sheriff’s deputy has already received one complaint about speeding snowmobiles. The standard speed limit for snowmobiles is the same as that for cars.
No one has applied for the Planning Commission. Scott Piccerillo volunteered and was appointed.
The city named the Tri-County News as its legal newspaper for 2014.
The council approved of Lions’ pull-tabs at Watkins Liquor Warehouse.
Street lights were discussed. The council wants to replace existing lights with something brighter, but may need to replace the poles as well. Someone from Xcel Energy will come to a future meeting to discuss options with the council. The council approved adding a street light at Central and 4th Street, with Xcel paying for installation and the city just paying $12.73/month usage. The council will review locations for installation of other new street lights.