By Mike Scott
Kahoka police cars will soon be sporting video cameras. At the Monday night, May 12 meeting of the Kahoka Board of Aldermen, the council gave its approval of the purchase of a video camera system to be installed in the city’s newest car. The system will monitor traffic stops and the patrol car’s back seat. Chief Bill Conger intends to budget for a second camera next year.
The council approved Bill 379, a voluntary annexation ordinance adding several properties on the east edge of Kahoka into the city limits.
The board also approved Bill 380, an ordinance which approves the wages for summer employees.
The council also gave first reading to an ordinance changing the city’s building code policy. The proposal would establish a one year expiration for a building permit. However, the permit would not expire if there was progress being made on the site, according to City Clerk Linda Plenge.
In other business, the board:
--Observed a moment of silence for Chis Lentz.
--Allowed Fire Chief Lary Fountain to bid on a step van for the the fire department to use as an equipment truck.
--Accepted the resignation of Electrical Distribution Department Head Norbert Killday. He will retire May 30.
--Reported that a new vacuum has been delivered for the swimming pool.
--Police Chief Bill Conger reported most complaints are about skateboarders and animal problems and boombox noise.
--Discussed complaints about cemetery mowing.
--Approved two trees be planted in memory of Chis Lentz, longtime alderman and tree board chairman.
--Received updated progress report on the SCADA system for the electric department.
--Approved building permits for Roland and Frances Oilar, Rex and Amy Clark, and Bill and Janet Ramsey.
--Discussed park benches in both parks.
--Discussed a budget error figuring health insurance.
--Approved a one-month liquor license Mac’s Super Saver, starting June 1. They have applied for next year’s license.
--Discussed the possible sale of the city owned lot on the north side of the square.
--In the Public Comments section of the meeting, they discussed raccoons in a vacant home on Northbrook Drive.