Volunteers recognized by Jackson Council
The Jackson City Council began their meeting Tuesday night by recognizing the recipients of the 2018 Outstanding Volunteer Service Awards. The honorees were selected by a Selection Committee who reviewed the nominations submitted for this year’s awards. Tracey Schley was honored with the Individual Service Award, Mary Leach received the Senior Citizen Service Award and high school freshman Meta Tewes was honored with the Youth Service Award. All were presented plaques by Mayor Wayne Walter recognizing their volunteer involvement in the community.
The Council held their Truth in Taxation Public Hearing. No one from the public was present to speak at the hearing. The City’s 2019 budget will be finalized at the Council’s December 18th meeting. City Administrator Matt Skaret said there will be an approximately 2 percent increase in the proposed final 2018 tax levy collectible in 2019. That’s down from the 4 percent levy increase when budget discussions started in September. Skaret explained the City’s tax capacity has gone up 2.3 percent and with an approximate 2 percent increase in the proposed levy, there will be a slight tax reduction in City taxes for property owners.
In other action, engineer Greg Mitchell of Bolton and Menk presented and explained plans and specifications for the reconstruction of Lift Station No. 4 near the intersection of County Road 51 and South Highway. The City Council unanimously approved the plans and specifications and authorized seeking bids for the project. Bid opening is scheduled for January 29th.
In other business, the Council approved second reading of Ordinance No. 96 pertaining to the trimming and maintaining of trees and shrubs….approved a lease with AGCO for 10.3 acres of land near the airport that AGCO uses to drive and test equipment….and approved Pay Application No. 2 in the amount of $184.389 for the new liquor store project. The Council also approved first reading of Ordinance No. 97 establishing the City’s 2019 Fee Schedule and approved the Labor Union Agreement with City employees for 2019-2020.
The City Council’s next regular meeting will be on December 18th.