By Jean Doran Matua, Editor
At its Oct. 2 regular meeting, the Eden Valley city council held a public hearing regarding assessments for the 2018 Improvement Project. No one came forward to be heard. The council approved final assessment of a total of $76,069.89, a little more than $3,000 less than anticipated, to 15 properties that benefitted from the work done. These assessments include street, curb and gutter replacement, or new curb and gutter work. Each assessment ranges from a low of $2,241.42 to a high of $21,339.38. (That highest assessment was on city property.) Each assessment was based on per-foot rates established for the project and the street footage for each property.
The 2018 Improvement Project came in at a total cost of $1,473,728.48. Funding for the project includes a $691,692 WIF grant from the Public Facilities Authority (PFA) Drinking Water Revolving Fund (DWRF), a 1% PFA loan through DWRF for $172,923, a $799,239 loan at 1% from the Clean Water Revolving Fund, a microloan for $145,000 (for non PFA-eligible costs), city funds, and special assessments as approved Oct. 2.
The assessments may be paid in full with no interest within 30 days of council approval. If not paid within that time, assessments will be recorded with the county, to be paid with property taxes over 20 years at an interest rate of 3.5%. Any time after the assessments are recorded with the county, assessments can be paid in full including interest accrued to Dec. 31 of that year; such payments must be made by Nov. 15 to avoid interest accrual for the following year.
Darrin Hondl reported that the Planning Commission had received one application for a chain-link fence; the council approved it. He also reported that there are four rental units past-due for inspection, that another property is in foreclosure, three properties passed inspection, and a few more are due for inspection this month.
The EDA met two weeks prior and approved the sale of Brookview Apartments. There was discussion about what to do with the proceeds of the sale, and it was decided to wait until the ink dried on the sale before making such decisions.
The Fire Department reported 11 calls, including 1 motor vehicle accident, two weather watches, six fires, 1 gas leak, and 1 call for downed power lines. Training includes walk-throughs of some local businesses. The department will host an open house Saturday, Oct. 5. The department has purchased new auto extrication tools that are cordless and battery-operated; this purchase was made possible by a $2,000 donation from FFA alumni, $1,000 from the Legion, and the balance from the equipment escrow account.
Scott Thielen reported 48 rescue calls, including 38 medical and motor vehicle accidents, fire assists, and 2 weather calls. Four new members are going through training, with one already certified. The department would like to purchase a LUCAS automated CPR machine. The grant through Meeker County fell through, so they will use a $16,000 donation from the Eden Valley Lions. Two advantages of the LUCAS is that it can be used by only two or three people (the machine can do CPR indefinitely where a human would quickly be fatigued), and it is transportable.
The council approved closing streets near the schools for the administrative cookout Thursday and the Homecoming parade Friday during Homecoming week; it turned out both were moved indoors because of cold weather and snow, and no roads needed to be closed.
Jim Rademacher reported that water tower repairs have begun: washing, draining, and then painting. This work is dependent on cooperative weather.
Police Chief Ernie Junker has ordered a new police vehicle. “My last one,” he says.
The council moved unanimously to begin starting each council meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance. It was pointed out that this was brought up a few years ago and shot down.
The Eden Valley city council has a budget workshop scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 16. Their next regular council meeting is at
7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6.