Council approves budget
The City of Cottonwood’s tentative budget for fiscal year 2012 was approved at the August meeting of the city council Monday, August 8.
The budget comes to approximately $1.23 million and includes $100,000 in grant funds, $50,000 each to storm drain work and sealcoating. The council also had to deal with the estimated $18,000 loss of income for water and sewer with the state housing area being closed.
Regarding the state housing, as reported in the Lewiston Tribune, there is a possibility of annexing that area into the city and a developer putting new housing in once the old homes are torn down. Mayor Denis Duman said the corrections board is in favor. The director of corrections is to be here in town on August 12. The next big hurdle appears to be the Land Board as the property will be turned over to their supervision. They meet in September and would make the decision on whether to keep it as state property or turn it over to a housing developer. Duman said the city has no interest in annexing if the state decides to keep it. He went on to state they would prefer this be done in time to take advantage of block grant money before that funding source falls prey to budget cuts.
In other business a catering permit was approved for Lowell’s Saloon for the Camas Prairie Friends of the NRA fundraiser set for Friday at the Community Hall.
In reports Pat Holthaus said the water loss was down to about 12% this past month with 4.348 million gallons pumped and 3.824 million gallons sold.
There was no sewer or planning and zoning report.
Shelli Schumacher reported they are working on the border at the city park. The cable has been removed with additional posts added, closer together, to define the boundary. She said they also have a new refrigerator in the hall.
Jack Duman reported he is looking into possible grant funding to fix East St.
Ron Grant reported the fire department responded to a grass fire at the historical site south of town and also to an extrication call on a tractor accident. He also reported the department has ordered 20 new pagers.
The council adjourned at 7:30 p.m. The next regular meeting is set for Monday Sept. 12 at 7 p.m.