The Traer City Council met in regular session on Monday, August 6, 2012, at 7 p.m. in Municipal Hall. Among the items up for discussion this month were involvement of the Traer Development Corporation in the city's planned purchase of the old Traer Manufacturing building.
The council met in closed session following the regular meeting to discuss the real estate deal, and details of that meeting have not yet been made available due to the ongoing nature of the sale talks.
In regular business, the council heard updates on the TCF awards that were handed out last month, along with the election of new officers for the county's economic development committee.
Sheriff Dennis Kucera gave his monthly report, detailing the 289 hours of service in Traer for the month of July. There were a total of 123 calls for service, including those over a rash of recent bicycle thefts. There was also vandalism at the Traer Man. building, which is now staffed with private security in addition to receiving extra patrol from the sheriff's department.
Kucera also discussed another recent incident at the Wind Up which ended in the closing of the bar last week. There has been one arrest made and an investigation is pending.
Hometown Foods received a renewal of its liquor license, and members of the public made the council aware of their Bible school event that occurred this week.
Steve Kline was on hand to further discuss with the council the pool project, which has now surpassed $100,000 in private donations. The organizers will also be applying for a grant in the same amount sometime in October, at a meeting that Mayor Pete Holden will also be attending.
Kline also stated that the group will apply for a $25,000 grant from DuPont-Pioneer and another $100,000 grant from Black Hawk County Gaming.
The increased level of fundraising is important to show potential donors the commitment of the city and local corporations to the project. Kline stated that he is optimistic about reaching the goal of raising $1 million.
The Traer Ambulance report was given and the council approved a ten percent increase in rates, effective September 1. This will raise the cost of certain ambulance services to keep up with the cost of maintaining the availability of service for residents here in Traer.
The cardboard recycling program has been taken over by the county, and is likely scheduling pickups from the cardboard recycling container on Mondays and Thursdays, assuming there is no conflict with other area pickups.
The council also voted to approve the distribution of option tax for the last fiscal year to several projects, along with pay increases of four percent for the three city employees concurrent with cost-of-living increases.
The Mill Street Bridge project is moving along, with the city finally receiving the results of the historic properties search, finding that no properties were affected.
Councilman Mundt brought up the idea of licensing golf carts in the city, similar to steps taken in Gladbrook recently. The city there requires residents to register their golf cart at city hall for a small fee and show proof of liability insurance to operate the cart within city limits. This type of regulation would help safety and ensure that only licensed drivers are operating carts on Traer streets.
John Novak reported on the filling of potholes around town with ashphalt, which is bit more time consuming, but takes longer to wear out. There was also discussion of the overgrowth impeding use of the sidewalk at a house near the school on 6th Street. The city will be sending a letter to the homeowner to help encourage the cutting down of weeds and shrubbery so that kids and the public can use the sidewalk as it is intended.
The stoplights near the school on Main Street were malfunctioning after the storm, and required resetting to stop them from cycling on and off. The issue of the outdated siren system was also brought up, as there is a desire to have a system which can be activated from the fire station via code.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Traer City Council is set for Monday, September 10, at 7 p.m. Monday, September 3 is Labor Day.