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Ambulance hire, internet access point discussed at city's Nov. meetings

November 30, 2012
Ross Bercik - Managing Editor , Traer Star-Clipper

The Traer City Council held its regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 7 p.m. at Traer Municipal Hall. All members were present except Lou Rausch.

The agenda was approved with a motion by Dahn Kennedy, seconded by Ray Mundt, passing unanimously.

During the public forum, Ellen Young provided the council with an update on the status of tourism in Tama County and the activities of the Tama County Foundation.

The minutes of October's meeting were approved in the consent agenda, with a motion by Lee Wiges and seconded by Carri Holst. Motion passed with a roll call vote.

Perhaps the biggest item of discussion was the hearing that occured last month regarding the city's denial of the liquor license for the Windup Lounge. The Administrative Law Judge assigned to the case by the State of Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Divison ruled in favor of the Windup, meaning the license is now approved.

Silver Streak Lanes has cancelled their liquor license, meaning they are entitled to a partial refund.

The Traer Ambulance crew will be losing a part-time member with the departure of Kyle Fuller, and the council heard from Martin Herker on the ambulance's plans to replace him. The crew will be looking at candidates and hopes to provide the council with a recommended hire at the December meeting.

City Clerk Panfil updated the council on the creation of a tax abatement district for businesses and the city's possible annexation of land south of town.

The next meeting of the Traer City Council will be held Monday, Decemeber 3, at 7 p.m. at Municipal Hall.

Meanwhile, the Traer Municipal Utilities Board also had a busy schedule this month.

The board met for its regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, November 1 at Municipal Hall with all members except Sandra Whannel present.

After approving the consent agenda, the board moved into discussion of replacing parts of the electronics needed for the wireless internet system. No decision was made, but the board discussed a few different options they could pursue.

General Manager Pat Stief brought it to the board's attention that he had discussed the possibility of installing an access point on the Powesheik Water Tower west of town.

Stief will continue to look into the access point to determine if it is financially feasible given the number of customers it would provide service to.

The board also considered the possibilty of donating to the Traer pool fundraising effort. With a large chunk of money already coming due over the next few years with the wind turbine - which totals over $1 million - and updating some of the city's generators, the financial obligation of a cash gift would be too much for the city to commit itself to.

In lieu of a cash gift, the board decided to commit continued operating subsidies for the pool utilities in the anticipated amount of around $15,000 per year. The motion was made by Podhajsky and seconded by Larmore, passing unanimously.

TMU will be getting estimates on the updating of generators to meet EPA regulations and more information will be given as it becomes available.

The board's next meeting will be Thursday, December 6, at 7 p.m.



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