The Traer City Council met in regular session on Monday, May 7, 2012 at 7 p.m. at Municipal Hall. All council members were present, along with Mayor Pete Holden and City Clerk Jon Panfil.
The first order of business was to address the Magna Building developments, and the council agreed that there could be no progress on the issue until the environmental report is finished.
The council unanimously approved the consent agenda and previous month's bills, with the motion made by Carri Holst and seconded by Ray Mundt.
Sheriff Dennis Kucera gave a report that listed a total of 230 hours of service by deputies in the city of Traer, which included 76 calls for service. There were a total of 34 bar checks run in the month of April, designed to cut down on drunk driving and any incidents that may occur at the city's bars.
There were a few instances of vandalism, and one accident with a minor injury on Main Street.
The council moved on to discussion of approving the cigarette permit for Joker's, and a motion was made by Ray Mundt, seconded by Dahn Kennedy. The motion carried.
The budget amendment also passed unanimously, with the motion made by Lee Wiges and seconded by Lou Rausch.
The Mill Street bridge is on hold because of federal wetland restrictions that have to be worked out. The project will need to clear EPA regulations, which can take quite some time as the agency is backed up at this point.
The council acted on a motion to allow the Chamber of Commerce to close the downtown block to make a festival-like atmosphere for this year's Chamber Cruise on September 22, 2012. The motion was made by Mundt and seconded by Wiges, passing unanimously.
Dahn Kennedy brought up a citizen's concern on the repair and regrading of potholes on Mill Street.
Lee Wiges addressed the pool and the possibility of eliminating some of the proposed add-ons, such as the adult slide and lazy river, if funds are not available when the pool project advances past the planning phase. Steve Estes will be the manager at the pool this year, with Connie Huey serving as assistant manager.
Mayor Holden discussed a letter written by a citizen on the possible hiring of a police officer by the city, and assured the citizen that the city is still in the investigative phase at this point.
The city clean up went well, according to John Novak, who also said that the city repaired a few water leaks and repaired some sewers this month.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the council is Monday, June 4, at 7 p.m.