The Traer City Council met for its regular monthly meeting on Monday, April 2 at 7 p.m. Attending were City Clerk John Panfil, along with council members Dahn Kennedy, Ray Mundt, Mayor Pete Holden, Lou Rausch, Lee Wiges and Carri Holst.
The council heard from the public on the applications for the Tama County Development Commission, of which there are currently 64 submitted, with eight from Traer alone. The Tama County Foundation has a total of nearly $92,000 to give out.
The council approved bills, and the previous minutes from last month's meeting.
Several miscellaneous items were discussed, including the printing of extra copies of the Tama County Magazine to distribute in Traer, along with the expected uptick in visitors to the Shaker Gallery starting with the tourist season in late April and through the summer.
The sheriff's report was given, which included a total of 49 calls for service in the city of Traer with a toal of 225.75 man hours. The council also approved the most recent sheriff's contract, submitted by Sheriff Kucera.
The bulk of council discussion came on the issue of the Magna building on the south end of town, which was heavily damaged in last year's storm. The council discussed the multitude of options available for the building at length, including the purchase of the building as is, or the possible renovation and sale of the building to private buyers. The council ended discussion of the building with the intent to determine the cost of renovation and the possible resale value before taking any definitive action.
The council also discussed the Mill Street Bridge and a new budget amendment, which includes a refinancing of the city's bonds.
The members of the council also took the opportunity to debate the possiblity of hiring a police officer for the city of Traer, and eliminating the current use of the county sheriff's department for local law enforcement. There was no final decision made.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the council will be Monday, May 7, at 7 p.m.