Busy night for Jackson Council
The Jackson City Council met in regular session Tuesday night in the Council Chambers at City Hall. The meeting was called to order at 6:32pm with Councilman Donnie Schoenrock the only member absent.
Volunteer Service Award recipients were recognized at the start of the meeting. The Youth recipient was Maggie Kooistra, Individual recipient was LaVonne Reif and the Senior recipient was Ken & Janet Bargfrede.
A public hearing was opened for Truth-in-Taxation hearing. The final proposed 2017 levy, collectible in 2018 was just over $1,490,000, which represents an approximate 2.5% increase over last year. The preliminary levy was set at 6.4%, but the Finance Committee was able to reduce that number. There were no comments and the public hearing was closed.
Shannon Sweeny with David Drown Associates addressed the council regarding issuance and sale of bonds for refinance for the SWMHP Project. The terms of the loan state that a public entity must act as the conduit for the funds and the City has no liability. The Council approved the request.
Luke Ewald with Community Wellness Partners addressed the council regarding a potential bike share program. The City of Mountain Lake has asked to partner with Jackson in applying for a grant for the program. If awarded, each city would be able to purchase 4 bikes that could be placed in the community that could be rented by individuals for use within the city. The deadline to apply in is January. The council took no action.
Pastor John Schuetz and Tracy Schley with the Jackson Food Shelf gave the council an update on the status of the Food Shelf in Jackson. Usage this year is up substantially over last year, in part due to the new location on North Highway. The church that owns the building that the Food Shelf is using has decided to sell the building, and has given the Food Shelf until the end of February to raise $50,000 to purchase the building if they are interested. Pastor Schuetz said that he has some initial conversations with the Church, but that formal negotiations had not yet begun. The Finance Committee will hold an emergency meeting to see if any funding may be available to help.
Tom Nelson with CEDA was introduced as the new Economic Development liaison based in Jackson. Nelson is originally from Tracy and is excited to be in Jackson.
In action items, the Council approved a separation agreement with former City employee, Sue Persig.
In other items, the council approved entering an interim agreement with the City of Fairmont to share building official services pending updated legal language.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:30pm. The next meeting of the Jackson City Council is scheduled for Tuesday, December 19th at 6:30pm in the council chambers at City Hall.