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October 16, 2013

Pool project, TIF district issues in Keosauqua

KEOSAUQUA — The Keosauqua City Council discussed the pool project, nuisance on First Street and heard an update on the TIF district during its regular council meeting on Oct. 8.

Chris McEntee and Richard Nichols, representing River View Country Club, addressed council members on their concerns over the first draft of a proposed agreement between the club and city of Keosauqua regarding a new pool to be owned by the city. McEntee and Nichols said they met with their attorney, who told them of “red flags” in the agreement. They also discussed the agreement with the River View Country Club at their last meeting.

“There are some sections we don’t fully agree to, and we found some that we agree to,” McEntee said.

The club had concerns over the language that stipulates the city does not guarantee it will budget anything in case the pool loses money.

“We realize the city is a conduit by which the foundation money flows through, but the club would also like the city to take over the pool. The first draft doesn’t say that,” Nichols said.

Mayor Kevin Hranicka said that the draft states “we are not under any obligation; it doesn’t say we won’t. The budget will be at the pleasure of the City Council.”

Hranicka said the reason that language was inserted was to “not bind” future councils.

Nichols said the pool “will most likely lose money,” and the River View Club doesn’t want to continually pay for the losses.

Hranicka said “the council understands that but doesn’t want to move that burden to the city taxpayers.”

Council member Twyla Peacock asked about liability.

Nichols and McEntee will bring a revised contract to the next meeting.

In other business:

• City Attorney John Morrissey updated the council on the Half Moon building. The council discussed periodic monitoring of the building be written into the agreement. The city attorney also updated the council on the TIF district amendment.

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