The Watkins council is preparing for the annual Truth In Taxation meeting (6:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12). This year’s residential property taxes overall are lower, and most commercial taxes are higher. The council has been working hard to keep property taxes stable.
A number of issues were dealt with at their Nov. 14 regular meeting. The Watkins Ambulance was approved to commit up to $1,000 each month for needed equipment and medications without seeking council approval prior to any purchase. Public works is “ready for anything that can come” when it comes to snow removal. A formal performance review process will be implemented, tried on the newest employee (Virl Liebrenz) to start. A gravel lease payment was received. The Economic Development Authority is collecting survey data for a visioning session to come. Duane Peterson resigned from the Planning Commission. Street lights will be replaced as needed. Properties with delinquent water bills will be shut off.
Winter parking restrictions went into effect in local towns effective Nov. 1.
Eden Valley: No parking on city streets between 2-6 a.m. until April 1. Vehicles will be towed, and owners must pay towing fee plus storage to get it back.
Kimball: No parking on any city street between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. until April 30. Vehicles may be towed to an impound lot, with the cost of towing and impound to be paid by the owner before the vehicle is released.
South Haven: No parking on city streets from 2-7 a.m. until April 30. Violators will be towed at the owner’s expense if it’s necessary to move the vehicle for snow removal.
Watkins: No parking on Central Avenue (main street) in the downtown business district between 2:30-6 a.m. until April 1. No parking on any city street after a snowfall of 1 inch or more, until streets have been plowed to their full width. $25 fine for first offense, $50 for second, and $100 for each offense thereafter.
Sidewalks generally must be cleared within 24 hours after snowfall stops.
No snow may be pushed, plowed, or otherwise deposited onto any street or alley; snow may not be pushed across any public street or road. This is a state law.
The South Haven city council met Wednesday, Nov. 6, because Nov. 5 was election day.
The council renewed the two-year seasonal contract for snow removal and salt/sanding for 2013-14 and 2014-15.
Wage claims for council members, the mayor, city clerk, and firefighters were approved for pay this month.
Municipal Liquor Store report indicated some repairs are needed and the council approved the manager to have these repairs made.
Fire Chief Laney reported that there was one rescue and two fire calls in October. The department has the funds to purchase a new pumper truck, he says, and the next step toward purchasing it is to place an ad for bids. The department will put up the Christmas lights around Thanksgiving weekend; Fairhaven Electric will be asked to address any electrical concerns with the lights. The chief requested that snow being plowed be pushed onto the north side of Church Street and not onto the parking lot area near the fire hall.
This is an extremely brief summary of last week’s Eden Valley city council meeting. Watch for a full report online, and in next week’s Tri-County News.
• Kris Latcham of EV-W Community Ed inquired about renting the old fire hall for a new daycare being planned as an extension of the Eagle Kids program.
• Progress on Highway 22 construction: sidewalks will be installed around paving schedule, and will be protected appropriately from cold weather. The city will look into what de-icing materials may be used safely on the new sidewalks.
• Partial payment on road construction was authorized.
• About $7,500 in delinquent water/sewer, refuse, and lawn care bills will be certified to the homeowners’ taxes.
• The city is looking into raising its utility rates (water and sewer).
• Winter parking restrictions went into effect Nov. 1 (see page 16 for details).
• Budget workshop will be at 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26.
• Next regular meeting is Wed., Dec. 4, along with a hearing on the 2014 budget and levy.
Because of a lack of space this week, the summary of last week’s Kimball city council meeting is necessarily brief.
• Arnold’s plans to install new water service under Hwy. 55, they will work with the city on this.
• The Kimball school board came to discuss parking lot construction on school property. The city’s engineer explained that a drainage and grading plan must be submitted.
• The city’s engineer sought and received approval to make final payments to contractors for work on the water tower and water treatment plant (last summer). The one-year warranty begins after everything is signed off on.