Goessel City Council talks about streets

The Goessel city council met on July 18 and talked about streets. They learned that it would cost $3,000 to have plans drawn up for Main Street. Water valves at intersections and water lines would have to be taken into consideration. However, the council learned that the county plans to “chip and seal” Main Street in early August. A chip seal finish helps extend the life of the pavement and is typically less expensive than other options.

The county had also done some work on State Street.

Turning their attention to another matter, city clerk Jennifer Bliss explained the revenue neutral rate and how the current tax year’s total assessed valuation is calculated. It will be discussed further at another meeting. Bliss said a hearing is required if there is a raise in taxes.

In other business, the council:

* talked about riding in the Threshing Days parade and throwing candy. The parade is scheduled for Saturday, August 6, at 9:30. Parade participants should line up on Church Street at 9:00am.

* heard from Bliss that the water tower, a lagoon pond, and the Harvest Meadow bonds will be paid off in 2027.

* heard that the sewer project is financed with a 40-year loan that will be paid off in 2060.

* talked about sewer billing, noting that a charge in the billing is based on a customer’s average water use in January, February, and March. According to Bliss, the minimum sewer charge is $36 per month. She explained that the sewer grant requires a certain charge in order for the city to qualify for the grant.

* discussed tornado siren options and a possible 75% grant.

* talked about nuisance properties. The city has been dealing with the property at 219 South Buller for a number of years.

* heard from public works director Karen Dalke that she had fixed a lock, had State Street patched, and worked on water meters and the city’s whistle. She also fixed some concrete. She appreciated the help of Mayor Ben Schmidt for fixing a chlorine leak. Dalke also attended to many other duties.

* briefly talked about the cost of possibly listing Goessel on a travel website.

* briefly mentioned a possible ordinance about fowl.

* spent a considerable amount of time in executive session but had nothing to report in open session about that discussion.

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