Council meeting held
The Cottonwood City Council held their regular November meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 16.
The meeting was postponed from the regular date due to lack of a quorum.
In reports, Jack Duman reported that the new road grader has arrived and that he is working on a street sweeper grant. The grant would be a joint agreement between highway districts and cities for sweeping paved streets in Ferdinand, Greencreek, Keuterville and Fenn. He is also working on a sidewalk grant with Martin Fowler. They are developing a sidewalk transportation plan addressing walkers and school safety issues.
Shelli Schumacher reported that the hall is being painted by NICI inmates. She also reported the new refrigerator has been delivered and that the parks have been winterized.
Fowler reported no problems with the water system.
Max Nuxoll reported that sewer test results are exceeding allowing set standards. He has been studying the inflow and infiltration into the sewer system in comparison to the water pumped for the city. Roy Uhlenkott reported they have stopped watering at the agriforest.
Denis Duman reported that the city has received a $44,000 grant from Homeland Security. As a result a meeting has been set up with the hospital administrators for setting up a training program between the fire fighters and ambulance crew.
A request was made by NICI employees to use the hall. A motion was made to approve use of the hall at no fee for a Project Compassion fundraiser by the NICI employees. The motion carried.
Wireless Internet service was discussed but no action was taken to change the current service.
Nuxoll voiced a concern over insurance coverage for the volunteer fire fighters. The State Insurance Fund was contacted and they reported that all volunteer fire fighters have the same coverage as a city employee.
Discussion was held over the cost of processing requests for vacation of streets and alleyways. A motion was made and passed to start charging for the requests with fees to be set by resolution.
The council adjourned to an executive session at 8:40 p.m.
There will be a Planning and Zoning Public Hearing on the International Building Code Ordinance on Monday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m.
The next regular meeting will be Monday, Dec. 13 at 8 p.m.