City of Kahoka Aldermen Approve 2010 Tax Levy

City of Kahoka Aldermen Approve 2010 Tax Levy

By Mike Scott

Kahoka’s Board of Aldermen held a public tax rate hearing on Monday evening, August 17, to review tax rates for the 2010 fiscal year.  The proposed levies were adopted as Ordinance  #396. In addition, a resolution enacting how the funds are to be divided was also passed by the council. 
The board also passed Ordinance #396, which accepts the AT&T Mobile and Wireless settlement payment of $5.81.
Mayor Wayne Blum had several business items on the agenda.    He presented a request from the Orvey Buck family to purchase a cemetery plot adjacent to theirs, which is currently a walkway.  As there are several walkways which have been sold, the board gave its consent.
Cemetery stones to be restored this year have been marked and listed for potential bidders to review.
The council approved two purchases, the first being a chain and bolts for the spreader box for approximately $1010 dollars.  The second item considered was new tires for the city’s skid steer.  The council agreed to allow Street Dept. Head Ron Bourgeois to decide which tires to purchase.
In other business, the council:
–Agreed to spend $1500-1600 on fire truck pump repairs and testing for two trucks.
–Agreed to hire French-Renecker and Associates to review the Fox River water line crossing.
–Discussed an accident where a city truck struck the Kahoka Christian Church driveway portico.  An I-beam and all four support piers need replacement.
–Scheduled a public hearing on the proposed animal control ordinances for Monday, September 14 at 6:30 pm.
–Discussed several issues concerning the cable department.
–Alderman Curtis Mack asked City Attorney Rick Roberts to respond to a letter to the editor published in the newspapers last month, concerning pool passes as employee benefits. ?Roberts stated that nothing restricts the city from providing employee benefits, and that the audit referred to indicates the appropriate way to provide such benefits includes having them listed in the city’s employee handbook, which the city currently does.