Goessel to add debt service fee for new water tower

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN CYNTHIA GOERZEN
The Goessel City Council discussed water tower debt service charges at the Dec. 21 meeting.


Following the advice of Chris Cox, an engineer with Schwab- Eaton, the council voted to add a debt service fee to help provide funding for a new water tower.


The debt service rate will be $8 per month for three-fourths-inch and one-inch meters, $12 per month for one- and one-half-inch and two-inch meters, and $16 a month for four-inch meters.


It was reported that Goessel would have a good chance of receiving financial help from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment revolving fund if the loan application is submitted by the middle of January 2001. A public hearing was scheduled for Dec. 22.


City Clerk Anita Goertzen had received a letter from Bob Brookens, the city attorney, regarding snow removal by the city for individual residents who request it.


After reviewing his advice, the council decided to also seek the advice of Ken Stucky, the city’s insurance agent, regarding the liability of city employees on private property.


The council discussed the possibility of having property owners sign a form releasing the city and employees from liability. A number of residents had expressed appreciation to the city for clearing snow from the side streets.


Public Works Director Arlen Goertzen requested a dozer blade for the mower. The blade would be used to remove snow from sidewalks on city property in winter, and it could be used for dirt work at other times of the year.


The council voted to purchase such a blade for $535.


Goertzen said two council members had gone with him to view the drainage problem on Centennial Drive that had been reported at the November meeting.


Goertzen said the culvert across Meadowlark Lane is only 15 inches in diameter. Other culverts in the area are 18 inches. Consequently, Goertzen recommended installing an additional culvert. He said he had sent a letter to the homeowner with specific suggestions. Improvements would be at the expense of the home owner.


In other business:


— Anita Goertzen reported that the Wildlife and Parks Grant Awards Ceremony is scheduled for 2:30 p.m., Jan. 16, in the city building community room. The Wildlife and Parks Department helped fund the new baseball diamonds.


— Arlen Goertzen reported vandalism at the city park. He said the West Branch Park sign had been knocked off its base. He is waiting for warmer weather to reinstall it.


— Mayor Peggy Jay expressed concern about the Marion County Zoning Commission’s possible county-wide comprehensive plan.


— It was reported that Police Chief Rollin Schmidt will complete his training at the Law Enforcement Academy Dec. 22. Mike Fisher has been filling in for him in the meantime.


— Council member Larry Lindeman suggested installing more street lights.


— It was reported that Clerk Goertzen has been accepted into the 2001 Leadership Marion County class.


— The council reappointed James Voth and Richard Drake to the Marion County Economic Development Council.


— Goertzen reported the community room in the new city building has been used extensively. She said it will be rented all of Christmas week, sometimes twice in one day.


— The council decided to table a discussion of the capital improvement and equipment reserve resolution until the next meeting.


— The council approved the financial statements of $16,077.41.


— At a special Nov. 17 meeting, the council discussed the current fireworks ordinance and the city attorney’s interpretation of if.


According to the ordinance, fireworks will be allowed only on private property and only if an adult has applied for and received a permit. Aerial displays will be allowed only in designated areas.


Fireworks will be allowed from 6 p.m. to midnight July 3 and from 10 a.m. to midnight July 4.

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