Law Director Phil Callahan said the city’s Mayor’s Court resumed its sessions in the chambers about two months ago. He said people would wait in the vestibule or in their cars until their case was called. Callahan said after someone left the chambers, a bailiff would sanitize that seat.
Council also unanimously approved to continue live-streaming their meetings.
In other business, council approved:
- An emergency resolution on what COVID-19 expenses it will use the $269,169 CARES Act award that the city received. The city has until Oct. 15 to use the funding.
- The purchase of $3,600 for new tax software due to COVID-19.
- A change order for W.G. Stang, LLC for an ADA-compliant concrete ramp replacement on Salzman Road. The cost for the additional work is $16,309.
- A $7,510 change order with John R. Jurgensen Company for additional work for new signage and pavement markings on Salzman Road. Jurgensen has the city’s 2020 paving contract.
- Authorizing the city manager to enter an $18,700 professional engineering services contract with Fishbeck to perform a risk and resiliency assessment for the city’s water system. The assessment reviews the different threats to the city water system such as intentional contamination, cyber security and other threats. This is required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the city needs to file the assessment by June 30, 2021.
- Accepting the annual tax budget that was approved by the Butler County Tax Commission. The tax budget is reviewed and certified to give the city an estimated amount of tax revenues and tax rates for the coming year. For 2021, the city’s general fund is projected to see a $10,000 increase; the police levy is projected to increase $5,000; and the fire levies are projected to see a $15,000 increase.