Council schooled on finances

Maggie Burger of Speer Financial of Waterloo talked to Lime Springs Council, including Brian Johnson and Leann Thomas about the city’s financing of upcoming projects.

Maggie Burger of Speer Financial of Waterloo talked to Lime Springs Council, including Brian Johnson and Leann Thomas about the city’s financing of upcoming projects.

By Marcie Klomp
Maggie Burger of Speer Financial in Waterloo explained several options regarding financing of several Lime Springs projects, including sewer ($2.5 million), Innovation Drive at LimeSprings Beef ($474,215), A-23 ($91,108), radio-read meters ($74,000) and well house ($69,400).

Her explanation, although lengthy, was fairly easy to understand and gave Council some things to contemplate. One item discussed was to have a public hearing regarding borrowing money for some or all of the projects. After the public hearing, expenses incurred up to 60 days prior to the hearing can be reimbursed to the City through the loan. This would include the last batch of water meters purchased by the City.

Burger will also annalize each project individually and suggest the best way to finance them. She added the advice she gives will have the least costly affect on the town’s residents.

• In other business, Fire Chief Nate Schwickerath gave the department’s report saying the omelet breakfast, brat stand and Bloody Mary fund-raisers at Sweet Corn Days had good turnouts.

The fire department is planning FireFighter 1 and 2 classes over the winter. “When I got on the department a few years ago, I was the only one with FireFighter 2. After this, well over half the guys will have it,” Schwickerath explained. Chester Fire Chief Jeff Wendel will conduct the classes.

Schwickerath also mentioned the ATV ride that came through Lime Springs on Aug. 16. All five departments (fire department, community center, library, pool and parks) worked together to supply an afternoon snack. “It was good for the town,” he said.

• Jill Johnson reported the library expanded its fund-raisers over Sweet Corn Days, with two days of Bingo. “Sunday we need more help. There are a lot of people there, and they are serious about their Bingo!” The group also sold pizzas, which turned out well.

There were 62 kids enrolled in the Summer Reading Program. Holly Wherry and Robert Caswell did an art project with about 12 people in August.
Director Janet DeVries will have a cake decorating class and possibly a contest in the future.

• There was nothing to report from the community center.

• Marcie Klomp reported there was a break-in at the ball concession stand Friday night of Sweet Corn Days. The barbecue chicken went over well for the group’s Friday night food stand.

The pool is closed, and a committee is meeting to start making plans for next year.

• Public Works Director Casey Sebastian and City Engineer George Tekippe updated council on water and sewer issues.

The city purchased a new dissolved oxygen and pH meter, a requirement of the state. Sebastian said, “We’ll be fully in compliance next week.”
Aug. 29, a hydrant on South Miller was rebuilt with parts on the shelf. A new hydrant will go on North Miller.

Tekippe said the treatment system at the sewer plant is still being looked at to find the lowest price needed to update it. “I expect in one to two months they will be picking a method of treatment so it will be online for Jan. 1 of 2017,” he said.

Sebastian spoke on accountability and water meters. Currently 74 meters had been installed. “We read them in about nine minutes. We spent five hours reading the other 150,” he stated. “It takes anywhere from 9-20 minutes to install a meter. Everybody has been very cooperative.” Council voted to order another 42 meters for September.

Water and sewer service to LimeSprings Beef was started and should be done by the following week.

• Council looked again at the those who are habitually late in paying water bills. It had been suggested to add a fee onto their bill for the extra work it takes to post a final notice on their door.

Currently, Rhonda Klapperich, City Clerk, sends out a letter stating when it will be shut off and then a final notice is posted on the door by either Sebastian or Ed Hampe.

Council person Leann Thomas said to follow the current ordinance with no extra fees. The other members agreed.

• Council asked Sebastian to keep track of how many work calls he received on his personal phone. “About 6-7 per day is city stuff,” he said. He added that as much of a burden it is to use his personal phone for city business, it is also a convenience.

Council person Jimmy Miller stated, “If at this time it’s not a serious problem, then let us know when it is.”

• Dusty’s Tree Service gave a list of trees that could be removed. The City still has money in the tree budget, but decided to wait to do more work in case another storm goes through. Mayor Pro Tem Kevin Bill commented, “Let’s wait and see.” Brian Johnson added, “Let’s save a dollar.”

• The brush dump was to be opened two Saturdays in September. Bill offered to open it Sept. 13. Miller spoke up, saying he would make sure it got opened on Sept. 27.

• Jason Dietz was issued a building permit for a parking spot on his property.

• Council decided to follow the ordinances already in place for a resident whose water was shut off. The resident will have to pay the $100 shut off and $100 turn on fee before being turned on completely. Another issue was someone who was not living in their house or using the sewer. She still wanted water turned on to water a tree. She would still be charged for sewer.

• The next regular meeting will be Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

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