Goessel told it will not receive $5,307 in state funds

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN CYNTHIA GOERZEN
The Goessel City Council heard at its Dec. 18 meeting that the city will not be receiving the state revenue-sharing money that was due Dec. 10.

City Clerk Anita Goertzen said this would amount to a loss of 2.859 mills, which equals $3,089 for 2002, and a total of $5,307 through June 30 of next year.

City and county revenue-sharing money comes from a portion of the state sales and use tax.

Public works director Arlen Goertzen said work on the water tower will continue in spring, when the tower will be sand-blasted and painted. Warmer weather is needed for that work. The inside will be coated with water-tight epoxy paint.

Goertzen said he had made a 42- minute video of the water tower work.

“It’s kind of neat to see it,” he said, adding that he will put a copy in the library so residents can check it out.

Police officer Joe Base reported city officers drove 462 miles in the past month, issued two notices to appear and two warnings for speeding.

Officers issued three notices to appear for improper parking, one for failing to yield the right of way, and two for exhibition of speed. Three warnings were issued for no tail lights, one for no brake lights, and two for violating driver’s license restrictions.

Base reported officers responded to one 911 call, worked one hit-and-run accident, one domestic-battery case, and one sexual-abuse case.

They transported a hitch-hiker out of town, made two arrests, assisted the sheriff’s office in two arrests and one felony car stop, and served one warrant for failure to appear.

The council accepted a bid from Mayor Specialty Services to clean some of the city’s sewer lines for 42 cents per foot.

Goertzen, who presented the bids, said the three-year contract with Utility Maintenance ends this year. Utility Maintenance’s bid was 50 cents per foot.

The bid would include 7,000 feet, which is one-third of the city’s sewer lines. Goertzen said Mayor Specialty would guarantee the work for three years. The business will provide door hangers and press releases to alert the public of their activity.

In other business:

– Alden and Irma Schroeder, who were present at the meeting, signed the necessary papers to give the city possession to the Schroeders’ structures at 202 W. Main and 101 N. Buller. Both properties are situated on the same 11/2-lot property.

The city will pay the Schroeders a total of $8,000. Mayor Peggy Jay called a recess so a $1,000 check could be written for the down payment. The remaining $7,000 will be paid in two installments-$3,500 on Jan. 20 and $3,500 on Aug. 20.

– Following executive session to discuss wages, the council voted to raise the pay of the public works director and city clerk by 1.5 percent, with all other wages to remain the same.

Councilor Jim Wiens said the rate would be reviewed in six months “when we will know if we will need to adjust either way.”

He cited the present economic situation as the reason for caution.

“We do appreciate what you’ve done,” Jay added.

– Anita Goertzen reported that Heidi Regier, who cleans the city building, will likely quit the job soon, probably before her wedding.

– The council voted to send a police officer to the police academy in 2003.

– Councilor Larry Schmidt reported that some street lights at the park are not working.

– The council approved the financial statements of $17,852.95.

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