REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
The George City Council met in regular session May 14, 2014 in the City Council Room, 120 S. Main Street, with Mayor Gary Siebring presiding.
Mayor Gary Siebring called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Calling the roll were Kary Conaway, Gerald Grave, Russ Hopp, Angie McConnell and Norm Riemersma
Grave made a motion to approve the agenda. Hopp seconded the motion. All cast aye votes. Motion carried.
Gene Modder, GEMS Chief, spoke to the Council about them applying for a casino grant for equipment. They will need a letter of approval from the City as well as a resolution approving submittal of the grant application and no matching funds would be required from the City. The Council gave approval for the GEMS to move forward with the grant application process. Modder also reported that the George Fire Dept. will try to do a controlled burn of the Rio Grande.
Steve Simons informed the Council that the Lyon County Consortium has an opening on their board and they would like to have a representative from George. Jim Cuttell volunteered to fill this position. Conaway made a motion to approve Cuttell being on this board. Grave seconded the motion. All cast aye votes- motion carried.
A request was made to have Main Street swept on a regular basis. This will take place.
Darcy Eben, Pool Manager, discussed some pool issues with the Council.
Siebring opened the Public Hearing at 7:32 to consider Resolution No. 2014-05-141 to approve the FY2014 Budget Amendment. Hopp made a motion to approve the Resolution and the Budget Amendment as presented. McConnell seconded the motion. Roll call vote – all cast aye votes – Conaway, Grave, Hopp, McConnell, Riemersma. The City Clerk will file the amendment with the Lyon County Auditor.
Siebring closed the public hearing at 7:34.
Grave made a motion to approve the minutes of the last meeting and the financial reports. Conaway seconded the motion. All cast aye votes – motion carried.
Grave and Hopp reported on a Planning & Zoning workshop they attended.
The Council discussed revisions to the current building permit form and issues.
The Council reviewed one application received for lifeguard and several for mowing/street help. Grave made a motion to hire as follows: Zach Geerdes as a lifeguard pending proof of certification at $7.00 per the pay scale that was established last year; Jim Kannegeiter and Ben Starr for mowing/street help with a 25 cent raise from their wage last year. Hopp seconded the motion. All cast aye votes – motion carried.
Conaway made a motion to appoint Fred Landis to the Library Board. Grave seconded the motion. All cast aye votes – motion carried.
McConnell made a motion to keep the rates for the pool the same but reevaluate next year. Riemersma seconded the motion. All cast aye votes – motion carried.
The City Clerk gave a report on how the audit went. The auditor has not submitted her report to the City yet.
The Council denied a request to remove a portion of a public sidewalk.
The Council held discussion on water bills.
Hopp made a motion to approve the liquor license renewal for Total Stop. McConnell seconded the motion. All cast aye votes – motion carried.
Bob Gruis and Todd Klein reviewed summer projects with the Council.
The next regular Council meeting will be held Wednesday, June 11, 2014.
All decisions made by the Council become effective upon publication.
Conaway made a motion to adjourn at 9:50 p.m. Grave seconded the motion. All cast aye votes. Motion carried.