The Cottonwood City Council held their regular September meeting Monday, Sept. 12.
Tia Gilroy of VEBA did a presentation on tax-free medical savings accounts for public entity employees. Only costs are $1.50 per month per account plus a 1.25% annualized fee.
Pat Holthaus reported they pumped over 6.2 million gallons of water in August with only half a percent loss. Roy Uhlenkott said they had 5 small leaks but all came to the surface rather quickly and were fixed.
Laurine Nightingale and Donna Wassmuth of the library made a request to put some stepping stones from the parking area and also to mount a bulletin board on the lower hall wall near their door. They have the board, just would need help mounting it.
There was nothing new to report in the sewer department. Ron Grant reported though that Uhlenkott would be coming up with ideas on materials to order for stormwater projects by the end of the year.
Jack Duman reported they are doing some patching on East Street to prep for sealcoating next year.
It was decided to go ahead and order a new backhoe and sell the current one. Money was budgeted in the 2012 fiscal year and they will be in that fiscal year by time it would need to be paid for.
Jack Duman also recommended the city write letters of commendation to Henry and Harriett Remacle, Don Nuxoll and St. Mary’s Hospital for the new sidewalks.
Grant reported the fire department had just 1 call in the past month and that turned out to be someone just burning off weeds. They did not have a burning permit and were asked to put the fire out. Said party obtained a proper permit and a couple days later finished the job.
He also requested that the $1000 left over from the Fire Department’s FY 2011 budget be transferred to the truck replacement reserve account. Otherwise those funds would just revert to the city’s general fund. A motion was made and passed to do so.
No report from Planning and Zoning but they have a meeting set for Sept. 19 on annexing of part of the housing area.
Several bad debts on way past due utility bills were written off. Once written off these are turned over to a collection agency and Carol Altman reported sometimes they do collect some of these.
A list of surplus property was approved for sale. That list is elsewhere in this week’s Chronicle.
The council adjourned at 8:13 p.m. The next meeting will be Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. due to the Columbus Day holiday.