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City of Tipton Council Meeting held November 7, 2022

CITY OF TIPTON – CITY COUNCIL MEETING – Monday November 7, 2022

The regular meeting of the Tipton City Council was held at 8:00 p.m. on Monday November 7, 2022 at City Hall.   Those present were Mayor-Braden Hake, City  Clerk Brigit Gasper, City Superintendent - Rod Barker, and City Council members – Jarrod Shivers,  Mark Towner,  Michael Ohnsat  and  Jessica Krier.  Council member Sara Dilley was absent.  Also present was Doug Schmitt, Chairman of RWD # 2 Board of Directors.

Mayor Braden Hake called the meeting to order.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. 

Minutes from the October 3, 2022 meeting were reviewed and approved.

Doug Schmitt represented the RWD #2 and had the Notice of and Acceptance of Rate Adjustment for the rate change for the cost of water purchased from the RWD # 2 effective January 1, 2023.   The water rates for the residential and commercial water customers of Tipton were approved at the October 3, 2022 council meeting to go into effect on December 1, 2022.  The Notice and Acceptance of Rate Adjustment was signed by Mayor Braden Hake and RWD # 2 Board Chairman, Douglas Schmitt.  Mayor Braden Hake signed the Resolution 2022-2 which was passed and adopted by the governing body of the City of Tipton for the increase of base charges in the amount of $1.00 monthly and new rate for water per 1000 gallons in the amount of $7.50.  Motion was made by Jessica Krier and seconded by Michael Ohnsat.  Discussion was also held on current water testing practices and reviewed responsibilities of the City and the RWD # 2 in regards to the water that is supplied.

Brigit gave an update on the utility bills and late fees.   The $3.00 monthly street fee which was decided upon in the October 3, 2022 monthly will go into effect on December 1, 2022 and will reflected on the utility bill that will be sent out mid-January.  This increase is approved under ordinance 767 due to additional funds needed for street repair.

The sales tax receipt for September was $4264.63.  Receipts for October were $20,243.00 and disbursements were $19,059.23. The general ledger report in addition to the receipts and disbursements were reviewed.    Jarrod Shivers made the motion to pay the bills; Mark Towner seconded.  Motion carried.

There were additional water tests done and the Lead/Copper Rule standards are being changed and will go into effect in 2024. 

Rod received a quote from APAC for street rock for 2022.  It has gone up substantially and we can no longer get the smaller rock that the council preferred.  He will check with Abrams in Beloit to see if they have the smaller size rock.   He also reported that he has done all fall spraying for weed control for the city property. 

A grave was dug for the cremains of Barbara Adam Reinert who was originally from Tipton.

Reminder that Election Day is Tuesday , November 9.  There are no open mayor or council positions that are open. 

Christmas lights on Main Street will be put up soon and the city will hold it’s Christmas Lights Contest.  Signs will be hung around town and participant light displays will be voted on the week prior to Christmas. 1st prize is $75.00; 2nd prize is $50.00; 3rd prize is $25.00.

Emily Benedick of SVED sent an email to let the city know of her interest to come to town 1 day per quarter and be available for questions.  She will be at the City building from 9 am until 4 pm on December 14, 2022 and March 8, 2023.

An Operations and Maintenance plan was presented that had been received in regards to the Tipton Woods Trail.   No action was taken.

The business opportunities of the restaurant and the grocery store were discussed.  It is hoped that these businesses can continue as viable businesses since they are very important to Tipton.  It was discussed that anyone interested should contact Mayor Braden Hake or a council member or the clerk and they can get them in touch with the appropriate parties.  The restaurant lease is up March 31, 2023.  An earlier start date could be possible if agreed to by the current lessor and lessee.  An ad has been run in the Tipton Times and additional advertising will be run in the future in other papers. 

There are some street lights in town that are not working properly.  Rod will touch base with Prairieland so that they can get these repaired. 

Rod also went over drainage patterns in parts of Tipton and has been improving those.

Rod has painted the bathroom building in the park and replaced some tin to improve the structure.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:15 pm and the next meeting will be held on Monday, December 5, 2022 at 7:30 pm unless a special meeting is needed.

Brigit Gasper, City Clerk

                                                                                      

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