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Thursday, April 4, 2013 N/Warren Town and County News Page Eleven OFFICIAL PUBLICATION CITY OF CUMMING Regular Council Meeting 3/11/2013 To be Approved at 3/2512013 Meeting The Regular City Council Meeting of the City of Cumming was held at Cumming City Hall 649 N. 44th St. on Monday, March 11, 2013.The Meeting was called to Order at 7:00 P.M. by Mayor Tom Becker. Present at Roll Call: Dave Chelsvig, Ed Harkin, Peggy Koch, Anita Enos. Absent: Jean Lare. Motion made by Chelsvig, Seconded by harkin to Approve the Agenda. Approved 4-0. ' ~- Public Hearing on Budget Estimate Fiscal Year Beginning July 1,2013 - End- mg June 30, 2014 was opened at 7:00 pm. No public comment was made. Mo- tion by Enos, Seconded by Koch to close the public hearing at 7:01 pm. Public Comment Danny Althoff and his sales associate from Premier Office Equipment spoke regarding purchasing/teasing a Xerox copier from their com- pany. Consent Items Motion made by Chelsvig, Seconded by Harkin to approve Consent Items: 02/ 25/13 Council Meeting Minutes, 2/12/13 Park & Rec Meeting Minutes, February 2013 IPERS Report, 3/7/13 Accts Payable Acct Ledger. Approved 4-0. Expenditures: Safe Bldg Compliance Building Inspections 1235.10 Cardmember Services Office Supplies/Flags318.72 Clerk Wages 2/11/13-2/24/13 701.83 Iowa Prison Industries Street Signs 128.31 IPERS Feb. 2013 243.02 Isley Enterprises Snow Removal 1648.75 Legal Fees Jan/Feb 2013 3456.10 MidAmerican Energy Service 95.39 N/Warren Town News Publishing 203.40 Total $ 8,230.62 Reports.. Park & Rec: $204 worth of items were sold at the Chamber of Commerce Spring Shopping Expo. Their next meeting is scheduled for 3/12/13, Action Items A. Motion made by Chelsvig, Seconded by Harkln to Approve the first read- ing of Ordinance 2013-01 - An Ordinance Amending the Code of Ordinances of the City of Cumming,.l~wa by Amending PrOvisions Pertaining to Chapter 136 of the Code of Ordinances, Cumming, Iowa Sidewalk Regulations. Approved 4- 0. B. Motion made by Koch, Seconded by Chelsvig to approve Resolution 2013-13 Adoption of Budget and Certification of Taxes for Fiscal Year 2013- 2014. Approved 4-0. C. Motion made by Chelsvig, Secondedby. Koch to approve Resolution 2013-14 A Resolution Establishing Policies and Procedures Relating to Com- plaints. Approved 4-0. D. Motion made by Enos, seconded by Cheisvig to approve a 5 year lease on a color copier from Koch Brothers - model LD 620C. Approved 4-0. E. Motion made by Enos, Seconded by Harkin to approve the Cle~ getting a bid from Todd Johnson on putting a set of stairs on the deck, replacinga missing spindle, and m-staining the entire thing. Approved 4-0, R Motion made by Enos, Seconded by Koch to approve the Clerk applying to be a Notary Public. Approved 4-0. Discussion Items The legal action involving the Mlddleton Fam~ LC,. and the City of Cumming involves compensation that they are receiving from the towa DOT for the sale of property for the new interchange.The city attorneyis handling, Informational Items The ad went into thenewspaper about animal control with no response,The ad wilt be placed in both papers again for one more week. Information was given on a workshop on the introduction to Planning & Zoning for Local Officials. The casino will be on the ballot at a special county-wide election to be held sometime in May. UPCOMING CITY COUNCIL MEETING: March 25,2013, 7:00 pm at City Hall Motion made by Enos, Seconded by Koch to Adjourn at 7:42 pm. Approved 4-0. Tom Becker. Mayor; Rachelle Swisher, City Clerk It's not the hours you put in your work that counts," it's the work you put in the hours. -Sam Ewing KATE BALDWIN Concluded from p. 1 years is 6.5% compared to the State average annual actually increase the percentage from zero to 1%, 2% or growth of 4.5%. higher. These are several of the budgetary uncertainties The State is providing incremental property tax re- school boards are forced to reconcile. This percentage lief to select school districts with property levies above is commonly referred to as the annual "allowable the state average. Norwalk Schools' property tax relief growth.'.' The reduction in allowable growth reduced for next year will be $1.68 per $1,000. The School Dis- the total amount of future state aid and property tax trict began receiving this additional State Aid for prop- revenues available for the 2013-2014 school year, result- erty tax relief in the 2006-2007 school year. ing in a reduced total levy. The State has decreased the annual General Fund .,The District is using Cash Reserves to replace lost revenue growth next year from 2% to 0%, reducing the state revenues and has been able to avoid a Cash Re- total funding per student. However, the legislature may serve levy since the 2006-2007 school year. NORWALK $600,000,000 $500,000,000 $400,000,000 $3OO,OOO,0OO COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT TOTAL PROPERTY TAX LEVY NORWALK SCHOOL DISTRICT TAXABLE VALUATION $20O,OOO,OOO $100,000,000 $489,300,148 0 i I i I i | I I i i ' i Tlie Norwalk Schools, like all other Iowa schools, continues to face economic challenges with the reduc- tion of state funding. The Norwalk District has re- sponded by maximizing efficiencies where available and using cash reserves to offset the reduction of state fund- ing. The Norwalk School Board is acutely aware that Norwalk is still one of the highest property tax jurisdic- tions in the State. As a result, your School District chooses not to impose several additional levies that many other school districts levy. Examples are levies Upcoming programs with vation Board. Dollar-A-Day Boys: A Musical Tribute to the Civilian Conservation Corps: Friday, April 5, 6 p.m., Annett Na- ture Center (refreshments at 6 p.m., program begins at 6:30 p.m.) Michigan-based author Bill Jamerson will present a music and storytelling program about the Ci- vilian Conservation Corps. The hour-long program will include stories, video, reading excerpts from his novel and playing original son s about the CCC with his gui- for Increased Enrollment, Special Education program deficits, At-Risk, Playground Improvemdntsdand Reserve. Each year the Board carefully revzews additional levies, exercising extreme caution in balanc- ing the needs of our students and the interests of the property tax payers. The school board may find it diffi- cult to avoid levy increases in the future if the Iowa leg- islature and the governor are not able to find a compro- mise that provides adequate funding to meet the fifi/ tt- cial requirements that are necessary to sustain our cur- rent services. Warren County Conser- Digital Scavenger Hunt: Monday, April 1, 8 a.m. tar. Jamerson has presented his program at CCC re- unions and at state and national parks around the coun- try. The presentation-is as entertaining as it is impor- tant; as honest as it is fun. It's about people both ordi- nary and extraordinary, with stories of wit, charm and strength. This program is free, but reservations are re- quired. Call 515-961-6169 to reserve your seat. Earth's Recyclers: Sunday, April 14, 1 p.m., Annett Nature Center. Celebrate Earth Day with a hike at the Annett Nature Center. Leam about some of Nature's Recyclers and get your shoes muddy. Become a recy- cler yourself and make a rug to place your muddy shoes on. Anyone can join us for the hike, but supplies will limit the number of weaving projects. This program is free, but reservations are required. Donations of old t- shirts needed. 5th Annual Osprey 5K Fun Run/Walk: Saturday, April 20, 9 a.m., Annett Nature Center. The course starts and finishes at the Armett Nature Center, located at 15565 118th Ave. in Indianola. The 3:1 mile route in- cludes Lake Ahquabi Sate Park. Immediately follow- ing the event, snacks and' refreshments will be served and prizes will be awarded. Proceeds from the race will benefit the Annett Nature'Center Osprey Project. The top male and female from the :16+ and under 16age cat- egories will be'awarded through Sunday, April 28, 3 p.m, Annett Nature Cen- ter & ANC Park. Get outside ant enjoy spring by com- ing out to the ANC to parricipatein our Digital Scaven- ger Hunt. Full details and scavenger lists are available at warrenccb.org/programs/scavengerhunt.htrnl. Partici- paring is easy: 1. Come out to the ANC for a hike. 2. Stop inside the center for a copy of the scavenger hunt, or print one from warrenccb.org. 3. Take pictures of the found items out along the trails. 4. Bring your camera or smartphone in so staff can verify your findings. 5. Get enrolled to win a pair of binoculars. This is a great way to get active and add a little fun to your hike! The Annett Nature Center is located five miles south of Indianola. Travel four miles south on Hwy 65/69 and look for the Annett Nature Center signs. From there turn west on G-58 to Lake Ahquabi and then turn north on 118th Avenue. The ANC is on the east side of the road. For more information, contact the ANC at 515-961-6169. Hints Easy Upgrades Can (NAPS)--Cooler weather can be a great time to trans- form a patio or deck into a c~y space to relax with family or entertain friends. Propane appliances such as patio heaters, fire pits and lighting extend warm-weather fun, while their portability and range of prices make it easy to customize an outdoor space to fit any lifestyle or budget: =As families look for ways to spend more quality time at home, outdoor areas are becoming a natural extension of a home's living space," says Stuart Flatow, vice president, safety and training, Propane Education & Research Council (PERC). "With careful plan- ning and safety in mind, s~m- pie upgrades offer year-round enjoyment." Handy homeowners who are budget-minded may want to take on their outdoor room redo as a do-it-yourself (DIY) projec Before getting assess your skills, patience, time and budget and decide when to bring in a profes- sional. To ensure a smooth process, PERC offers a help- ful list of dos and don'ts: DIY Dos Do establish a budget ahead of time, with a 10 per- cent cushion for unexpected expez~es. Do conduct a back- ground check before hiring a professional. For The Home Extend Outdoo Fun Patio heaters, fire pits and lighting can make it easier to extend warm-weather fun into the colder months. Do keep outdoor propane appliances clear of flamma- bles and away from ~. Do make sure the gas is turned off during installation and check for leaks before operating. Do have a qualified ser- vice technician inspect your outdoor appliances annually. DIY Don'ts Don't install an outdoor appliance indoors--or vice versa. Don't assemble appli- ances with propane cylinders yourself unless you've read the manual and are prepared to follow all instructions. Don't move a portable appliance such as a h~a~er or grill while it's in use. Don't store or place a pro- pane cylinder indoors, or m an enclosed area such as a base- ment, garage, shed or tent~ Visit usepropane.com for more tips on safely incorpo- rating propane appliances into your outdoor remodel projects. 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