City Council meets
The Cottonwood City Council approved a license agreement for Cottonwood Youth Sports’ use of the Wimer Ballfields at their regular May meeting Monday, May 14.
The agreement gives CYS first say on use of the fields from April-June and puts them in charge of the concession stand. They would be responsible for the costs of utilities during that time period. It also obligates them to keep the fields watered through September with the city providing the water and the pumping electricity during that time.
In the department reports Jay Hinterlong reported they pumped 2,693,958 gallons in April and sold 2,453,889 for a loss of less than 10%. This is excellent considering the loss was nearly 50% before the Main and King St. water main work was done.
In his police report Terry Cochran reported the MASCAL drill went very well Saturday with 28 “victims.” It provided a chance for a lot of agencies to work together that hadn’t done so before.
He also reported the decals for the new police vehicle should be here by the end of the month.
Jack Duman reported the chrome door handles were donated by him as they were a mistaken order for his business and it would have cost too much to send them back.
Jim Steinke reported that the new irrigation pipe is being laid in the agriforest. He also reported that Roy Uhlenkott has been working on the bug problem.
The discharge permit application has gone to the State’s Division of Environmental Quality for their review.
Jack Duman reported they are getting geared up for mag chloride dust control application on the gravel streets. He said they are getting a very good price on the chemical this year. Next year is when they’ll start getting the grant money that will pay for the mag chloride.
Shelli Schumacher reported they planted several trees for Arbor Day. She also reported that the prison has several concrete benches and wanted some suggestions on where to place them. They have something like 30 of them but she requested 7. Uhlenkott suggested one along the sidewalk near the Clinic on Lewiston Street to give people a rest stop as they walk up that hill.
Denis Duman reported the concrete work is done at their new public works building site. They were to start on the smaller building Tuesday. Graves Creek Construction has the contract for installing the tin siding.
Hinterlong reported that IdaLew economic development is asking for a pledge of support for the next 3 years so they’ll have some matching funds when they go to the legislature for funding. The city had already put $2,000 in their tentative budget for the next fiscal year but they wouldn’t promise anything beyond that.
John Mager and his surveyor were in attendance about the problem that cropped up when Mager looked into refinancing his house and had to have the property surveyed. Apparently King Street is not located in the center of the right of way with the East side right of way extending 26 feet into what Mager had thought was his property. This also makes the property lines up the hill to the East also 26 feet off. There is a question of just who has jurisdiction on that right of way. City attorney Joe Wright suggested Mager file his petition because once that’s done the investigation can really get started. Mayor Duman stated if this gets started it would be nice to get things straightened out for that entire subdivision or at the very least that one block.
City clerk Carol Altman brought up a question on the American Legion’s water bill. They had been paying just once a year since they seldom use the building. But now there is more water being used due to some yoga classes using the building. Mayor Duman would contact the Legion and see what can be done.
With summer coming on the city will be advertising for summer part-time help.
Casey and Jennifer Arnzen asked to cancel the lease agreement they had with the city on their trailer as they have sold it. The new owners have requested the same agreement. Wright suggested Altman pull up the old agreement and change the names and then bring it before the council. The agreement is needed because the pad the trailer sets on is on a platted city street.
Mayor Duman reported that CEDA has restructured their dues and that the city’s dues will be $510. This has already been put into the tentative budget for the next fiscal year, which starts October 1.
The council adjourned at 8:45 p.m. The next regular meeting will be Monday, June 11 at 7 p.m.