The Ottumwa Courier

November 25, 2013

Council takes no action on salary proposal

By RUSTY EBERT
Courier correspondent

---- — KEOSAUQUA — The Keosauqua City Council discussed a salary proposal for city workers, a nuisance abatement and a road vacation during its regular council meeting Nov. 12.

Council action:

• The council tabled a recommendation from the salary committee for a 2.75 percent salary increase across the board. The committee also discussed raising the clothing allowance. Salary committee discussed revising the job description for city maintenance worker and the policy handbook to reflect the same wording.

• Melissa Daugherty, representing “YLC," reported that students will be using chalk on sidewalks in front of several businesses in town in conjunction with the “Great American Smoke Out” Nov. 20.

• Jerry and Wendi Owens addressed the council regarding the purchase of Henry Street next to their property. The council voted to proceed with a proposal to vacate and close Henry Street between Fourth and Broad with intent to sell.

• Attorney John Morrissey will send a letter to the property owners at 110 Main St. for nuisance abatement.

City Superintendent Jim Chambers reported on the following:

1. Citizen request for curb and guttering on portion of First Street.

2. Citizen request for widening of Dodge Street by 4 feet.

3. Citizen request to sealcoat the alley from Dodge to Lucas.

4. Ongoing problems with the pumps and sand-infiltration.

Chambers will bring an estimate of cost for seal coating to the next meeting.

• The council voted to make a policy change to the city’s portion of a curb and gutter project from $5 to $8 a foot. Motion carried 4-0.

• Council approved a building permit for Lance Morris for a fence located at 300 Second St.

• The council approved a motion to send a nuisance abatement letter to property owners at 506 Division St.

• Morrissey presented the council with a draft of a letter to be sent to the Half Moon building attorneys. Council approved the letter be sent. Morrissey also discussed ongoing conversations with the River View Club lawyer concerning the pool project.

• Abby Manning was appointed to the Keosauqua Library board.

• Kevin Hranicka, representing the Van Buren Telephone Co., asked that a portion of their current and next month's sewer bill be forgiven as the water is being used for a fiber-optic project in town and not entering the sanitary sewer system for treatment. The council approved a motion to forgive over and above the average of the sewer bill at 21855 205th St.