By Mike Scott
The Kahoka Board of Aldermen met in two special session meetings this week, first on Tuesday, April 1, and again on Monday, April 7.
Topping the agenda for Monday night’s meeting was the appointment of a new City Treasurer, to replace Sandi Hopp, who is taking Linda Plenge’s position as City Clerk. Plenge is retiring in June.
“I would like to appoint Kelly Logsdon,” said Mayor Herb Butler.
Earlier in the week, Butler stated that the city had received 15 applications, and had interviewed three, all of which were extremely qualified for the position.
Logsdon will start at an hourly wage of $8.00 per hour, based on a 37.5 hour work week. She will begin her duties around the first of May.
The board approved her appointment on a 4-0 vote.
The board also approved a resolution granting the voluntary annexation of four properties on the eastern edge of town into the city. A public hearing on the annexation will be scheduled..
In other business Monday, the council discussed a sewer line issue. A resident on North Jefferson was having sewer backup, and it was found that his sewer line was connected to his neighbors, in violation of city ordinance.
The new connection, which required digging into the yard and street, was made last weekend, and the resident requested city fees be waived. In the past, the tap fee has been waived under certain circumstances.
Alderman Jeff Wood made the motion to waive the tap fee, but not the fee for opening the street. That motion passed on a 3-1 vote.
“The street is going to be a maintenance issue for us,” said Alderman Larry Young. “I just want to make sure we’re consistent with everyone.”
The board tabled the hiring of summer help and considering bids for coating the walking trail until their regular meeting next Monday, April 14.
At their April 1 meeting, the board met with Bob Killday to negotiate an agreement for electrical services for the “zip crew” workers. This electrical work crew primarily works on city power lines and poles during weekends, and in storm situations. Jim Sherwood was named as their primary contact with the city.
The board also discussed the recent Demolition Project, funded by a Community Development Block Grant.
“We’ve completed the project, and have money for 4-5 more buildings,” Mayor Butler said.
One new applicant is city employee Jim Sherwood. The Department of Economic Development has a conflict of interest policy governing municipal employees benefitting from the grant. That policy requires a public disclosure of the oonflict, and a public hearing or comment period. No date was set.
In other business, the board:
–Gave Clerk Linda Plenge permission to open bank bids prior to the meeting to prepare comparisons.
–Approved repairing the transmission in the cable truck.
–Agreed to turn over delinquent taxes to the City Attorney for collection.