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Tipton City Council Meeting held September 6, 2022


The regular meeting of the Tipton City Council was held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday Sept. 6, 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, Sara Dilley, Michael Ohnsat  and  Jessica Krier. 

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

Minutes from the August 1, 2022 meeting were reviewed and approved.

Brigit gave an update on the utility bills and late fees charged.  The Rural Water District # 2  will probably be increasing water rates in the near future.  Water, street and sewer funds for the city were discussed and further discussion was held on the increase in costs for all of these utilities.  This will continue to be monitored.

The sales tax receipt for August was $5162.81.  Receipts for August were $38,358.91 and disbursements were $46,797.53. The general ledger report in addition to the receipts and disbursements were reviewed.  The wages for the labor used on street repair was discussed.  Jarrod Shivers made the motion to pay $15.00 per hour for the extra help used for street repair and $20.00 per hour on machine hire for street repair.   Jessica Krier seconded the motion.  Motion carried. Brigit reported that the city can prepay propane for the 2022-2023 season.  It was decided to prepay 800 gallons of propane at $1.75 per gallon.   Sara Dilley made the motion to pay the bills; Michael Ohnsat seconded.  Motion carried.

The Quickbooks payroll program used for payroll is increasing its monthly fee from $2.00 to $5.00 per paycheck.

Brigit reported that the City of Tipton received the Solomon Valley Community Grant Foundation grant that was applied for to fund 3 picnic tables to be placed at the new shelter building located at Tipton Woods Trail. When funds are received, the tables will be ordered and will be delivered.  Pictures will be taken and submitted to finalized the grant requirements.  The city is very appreciative for the award of the grant and this will be a great addition to the shelter building at the trail.   The building was donated by Kent and Kelli Hake and Braden Hake provided the machinery and labor for the dirt work to level the ground for the base of the structure. 

The Mitchell County Strong Murals of Mitchell County project was discussed and the possibility for painting a mural on the restroom building on the north side of the tennis courts in the park or somewhere else that would be appropriate.  The form was submitted August 1 to show interest for another mural.  The city will decide where and what the mural should be if notified that it would be possible to move forward. 

The Sesquicentennial (150 years) celebration of the City of Tipton was held Saturday, September 3 at the park.  This event was planned and spearheaded by a group of community members.  It was agreed that this was a great event and very well planned out and well attended.  A lot of work was done by the committee and it was discussed how much preparation went into the planning of the event.  The council has heard many good comments.  A concert by Jake Hoot was held in the evening to end the day’s events.  Pioneer Hybrids International is making a donation for the cost of the concert.

Joanne Brummer, head of the election committee for Tipton is wanting to know if the old voting booths are still in storage at the City Building.  There is a possibility of needing them for more privacy while voting.  Rod will check for them.

Rod reported that the street repair work was done. Mayor Braden Hake and the council members have heard many positive comments on the improvement.

Brigit obtained quotes from Wilson Telephone for their computer service that they have available.  The amount of the quotes are not reasonable for what is needed for the City.

The State Revolving Fund intended use loan was looked into further and will not be feasible for what the City of Tipton needs at this time.

The electronic sign is not working properly on the north side.  The company that it was purchased from was no longer in business and after further calls were made to investigate, the company has gone out of business as did many sign companies that made and installed the 3 color LED signs the past few years.  Other signs of this type obtained around the same time as Tipton’s have been having problems also. Brigit checked into a Department of Commerce Grant and found that this grant is not available for LED signs.  After watching a webinar from the Department of Commerce, information was given that there will only be one Department of Commerce grant given to each county so it will be extremely competitive for the amount of funds that would be available.  The sign is being used in the best way possible for the time being.

Jarrod Shivers reported that the Tipton Lions Club will hold a trap shoot on Oct. 2.

Jessica Krier reported on street lights that were not working and a comment that she had received in regards to placement of another mural. 

Rod Barker reported that the sewer lines will be jetted on September 19 and the same company will provide the service as in the past.  The process could take 2-3 days.

The meeting was adjorned at 8:15 pm and the next meeting will be held on Monday October 3, 2022 at 7:30 pm unless a special meeting is needed.

Brigit Gasper, City Clerk

Last Updated ( September 10, 2022 )