Council Corner with the Mayor by Mayor Rod Diercks
I hope everyone had a good Christmas and Happy New Year. I think I can safely say good riddance to 2020. But I believe we won't be able to forget 2020 easily because Covid-19 followed us right into the new year. Although there may be some light at the end of the tunnel, with vaccines now getting out, we have a new normal of practicing social distancing, face masks and extra clean hygiene. So please do your part and practice the new normal as much as possible.

Before I get to the highlights of the last regular Council meeting and Saturday’s special budget meeting, I would make a short comment on this past week,s disruption at our nation's capitol. It is everyone's right to support whichever political party you choose, and it's okay if you disagree with decisions made. But at some point, there has to be some common ground. You may have to give up a little in the process. But going to the extreme of destruction of our nation's capitol is totally unacceptable.

Monday's meeting was fairly short. Council approved the Mayor’s 2021 appointments. A full list of those appear in the public notice of the Council meeting.

Amber Heller, crew chief for the ambulance service, was present with the year-end report and her vision for 2021.

Several applications have been received for the electric line position. The personnel committee will be work on narrowing down the list and conducting interviews very soon. Larry Zars’ last day is set for July 6, 2021.

On Friday, we only had two residents on Iowa Street who had not returned the annexation agreement with the City, but both have given verbal consent. That gives us 100 percent of the property owners returning the agreement.

Councilman Hartman has been working on a UTV ordinance and splitting it off of the golf cart ordinance. Sean shared what new information he has found with Council and will be revising both ordinances. More to come on that.

Saturday morning we met for a 4-hour work session on next year's budget. This is going to be one of our toughest budgets to deal with in a long time. Council reviewed all the request and at this time our process is to plug in most of the request given. Larry will try to work his magic to make it work. Starting at the next meeting, Council will have the task to review all the data given. At that point we will go line by line to see what stays and what goes. Our goal is not to increase taxes. Stay tuned for more on that process,

That's all for now, be kind to one another and God Bless America.

Rod
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