The Ottumwa Courier

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December 19, 2013

Hranicka chairs his last city council meeting

KEOSAUQUA — The Keosauqua City Council heard an update on an agreement to build a new swimming pool, learned about a sewer backup that caused thousands of dollars of damage and approved salary increases and job descriptions for city workers during its regular meeting Tuesday, Dec. 10.

It was also the last full meeting chaired by mayor Kevin Hranicka, after 12 years at the helm.

Richard Nichols, representing the River View Country Club, requested proceeding with the agreement of the city, Country Club and Swimming Pool Project Task Force — Friends concerning establishment of a pool for public use. Approval of the agreement will be on the January agenda. The main issue for both parties had been to come to agreement on language dealing with the right of first refusal.

The city approved a resolution that called for 2.75 percent increase of the base pay for city workers. Clothing allowance for full-time workers was set at $200.

A sewer backup at the Joe and Kelcy Nank residence on Country Lane Road was discussed. Kelcy Nank was present at the council to discuss the situation. The city’s insurance stated that the city was liable due to the city’s response to Nank. The insurance would pay between $4,600 and $5,000 on the claim, factoring in depreciation. The Nanks already have $8,550 in out-of-pocket expenses, not including their time. The low bid from the contractors was $12,200. The City Council would have to negotiate a settlement on the difference between the expense and the insurance payment. They would have to go into closed session. “We’re sorry it happened,” said Hranicka.

In other business:

• The city received communication from Mossy Oak Properties, encouraging the city to proceed with a TIF district, if there were other buyers that might be interested in the Hotel Manning, according to Mayor Hranicka. City Attorney Morrisey presented the council with a draft of the First Amendment to Urban Renewal Plan for the City and discussed the steps and timeline for the review and approval process.

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