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Tipton City Council Minutes Oct. 4, 2021


The regular meeting of the Tipton City Council was held at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, October 4, 2021 at City Hall.   Those present were Mayor-Braden Hake, City Clerk Brigit Gasper, City Superintendent - Rod Barker, and City Council members – Jarrod Shivers, Michael Ohnsat, Mark Towner and Jessica Krier. Council member Lisa Hake was absent. Also present was Heather Hartman from Solomon Valley Economic Development and Mitchell County Community Development; Kenny Gasper – Parish Council President, April Marshall – Parish Council Member, Todd Brummer – School Board Representative, and Lara Ketter – Assistant Editor of Tipton Times.

Mayor Braden Hake called the meeting to order.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.  Council members approved the minutes for the regular meeting held on Tuesday, September 7, 2021. 

Heather Hartman was present to answer any concerns or questions regarding the Neighborhood Revitalization Program that is set to expire on January 15th, 2022.  She explained that the program is intended to promote the revitalization and development of Mitchell County by stimulating new construction and the rehabilitation, conservation or redevelopment of the area in order to protect the public health, safety, or welfare of the residents of the county by offering certain incentives, which include tax rebates. She went over the requirements for property eligible for a tax rebate and the criteria for determination of eligibility.  She also explained the tax rebate scale and the application procedure.  The council is in favor of renewing the program for another 2 years.  Further discussion was held with all present on the availability of resources to enable interested parties to move to the area.  She went over some housing issues that she was familiar with in other communities and said that her office gets calls regarding people interested in moving to the area.  Those in attendance are in favor of keeping abreast of resources to help promote the growth of Tipton and working on options for future housing needs.  Heather also suggested facilitator resources that may be available from Dane Hansen Foundation.

The Clerk applied 1 late fee.

The Clerk reviewed the current disbursements in the amount of $15,910.80 and current receipts in the amount of $26,319.68.  The 2021 Year-to-Date Fund Balances were reviewed. The grand total of the fund balances is up year-to-date.  Local sales tax receipts are down for September with the total September tax amount receipt being $4342.72.

Jessica Krier made a motion to pay the bills; motion was seconded by Michael Ohnsat and approved by all.

A Building Permit Application was received from Ben Avery (Avery Brothers) for a building addition.

Discussion was held on the communication received from Ed’s LP Gas regarding prepayment of propane for the coming winter.  It was decided to prepay 70% of last year’s usage, which was 1337 gallons at $1.57 per gallon.

Brigit received notice of the City Clerks and Municipal Finance Officers Assn. meeting in Hays on October 15 and is planning to attend. She will also be attending the Solomon Valley Community Foundation Dream Big” meeting in Beloit on October 5.

Brigit reported that she had mailed copies of all of the past year’s Building Permit Applications to the Mitchell County Appraiser as has been done in the past. She also reported that Jesse and Dee Winkel purchased and moved to the former Marlene Corpstein home; Tanner Gasper is renting the Amy Ohnsat rental. 

Charge accounts have been set up with Ackerman’s of Beloit and Osborne; Zachary’s Ace in Beloit, and Bomgaard’s in Beloit for the purchase of supplies and paint that is needed when it cannot be obtained locally.

Dunstan Trucking will be sending an updated contract for review and signatures.  In an earlier telephone conversation with Tyler, they will provide trash and refuse collection for the existing price of $21.70 per homeowner for 5 years.  Discussion was held on the option of having both trash and recycle picked up weekly which would add $3.75 to the existing household monthly rate.  No decision was made by the council.

American Rescue Plan ACT Funds that were received now need to have a report filed, but the information as to where and when to file the report has not been released.

It was reported that the quarterly Utility Service payment for the water tower will be due on November 1, 2021 in the amount of $7747.25.  Rod reported that Utility Service will do the ROV inspection on the water tower on Thursday, October 7.  There will be no extra cost for the ROV inspection.

The repainting of the lines on Main Street is almost completed and all commented on the improvement to the parking situation.  It has been noticed that there has been damage to the yellow posts at intersections and these will be dealt with and removed if needed.

Jarrod Shivers from the Tipton Fire Department took the fire truck to the Tipton Community School on Monday, October 4 and this was extremely well received by the school staff and students. Jarrod discussed fire safety with the students.   The week of October 4 – 8, 2021 is Fire Prevention Week.   

It was reported that there was an article in the Tipton Times regarding the Tipton Grocery being for sale.  Fred and Vali want to keep the community informed of the progress and understand how critical the store is to the community.  Their intention is to be out by November of 2022.   Any interested parties may contact Vali at the store and they will have information available for serious inquiries.  If the store is not sold by November of 2022, it will go to a liquidation and auction sale. Council members concurred that the store is extremely important to the community and the future need for it in the community.  All concurred that they appreciate the great service that the Smiths have provided for over thirty years.   

Rod reported that the football field has been planted and watering has begun.  He will monitor the usage.

Meeting was adjourned at 9:50 p.m.  Next meeting will be Monday, November 1, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.


                                                                                                    Brigit Gasper, City Clerk       

Last Updated ( October 10, 2021 )