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PAGE 12 December 15, 2016 rnment meetin ByJeanDoranMatua, Editor Cities emergency loan for the The EV-W Elementary School The past week has been very demolition; the balance is $48,000. has hired Erin Kujawa as the new busy with local governmental plus any interest due. By paying social worker there. meetings: four city council meet- off the balance in one payment Newly elected board members ings and one school board. Each of instead of yearly installments, the too their oaths of office. these meetings included the req- 2017 tax levy will be a 7-percent Eden Valley uisite annual Truth in Taxation increase rather tban an 18-percent The Eden Valley City Council hearing, with approval of the 2017 increase, met Wednesday, Dec. 7. budget and tax levy. The council unanimously The council unanimously Kimball approved a final levy amount of approved a 2017 levy of $540,000 The Kimball City Council met $128,383 (reduced from the pre- which is a 12.5-percent increase Tuesday, Dec. 6. The 2017 bud- liminarylevybecause of the above over 2016. They also approved the get and tax levy will be approved payment), and a 2017 budget of 2017 budget with total revenues at the next meeting (Dec. 20). The $197,903. of $954,628 and expenditures of proposed levy is an 8,.8-percent Voters approved Nov. 8 to $957,415. increase over 2016, and 2016was a accept Sunday on-sale liquorAfter a good deal of discussion 4.1-percent increase over 2015. The sales in South Haven. The council about the need to increase both Arvig cable franchise agreement voted 3-2 to approve a resolution water and sewer rates, and how will also be discussed then, as well to allow sale of intoxicating liquor best to do so economically, it was as possible water fee changes, on Sundays. The license fee will be decided to table any decision until The city will ask the Kimball $200, and will be considered on a spreadsheets of the various possi- Lions to remove a behemoth gas case-by-case basis, bilitiesareavailable.Currentwater stove from the Willow Creek Park Eden Valley-Watkins School rates are $9/month base fee plus Shelter (it is dangerous and only District $8.75/1,000 gallons usage. Current one burner works), and the city The ISD #463 EV-W School sewer rates are $10/month base authorized spending up to $1,000 Board met Wednesday, Dec. 7.fee plus $5.25/1,000 gallons usage. for a new electric stove. The district's yearly financial The average usage is 2,000 gallons DuWayne Orbeck was audit was presented and there per month per person, although appointed to the vacant position were no surprises. Eden Valley consumption tends to on the city council, and he has The 2017 budget and levy pro- be a little less. Some combination accepted, cess was explained by business of increasing base fees and usage South Haven manager Cathy Wuertz. The 2017 rates should be expected to meet The South Haven City Council budget shows net revenues ofcosts ofprovidingthese services. also met Tuesday, Dec. 6. $9,598,844 and net expenditures Inspection of rental properties The old Municipal Liquor Store of $9,543,715. The 2017 taxlevywill is moving forward, although not has been demolished, and the city be $2,022,500 which is a 7.39-per- all property owners are cooperat- will pay $1,000 extra for removing cent decrease from 2016. The 2017 ing. asbestos they were not expecting, budget and levy will be formally Police Chief Ernie Junker The councilvotedunanimouslyto approved at the next meetingreported that there have been pay off the League of Minnesota (Dec. 21). five drug search warrants in Eden Are you experiencing Engine or Oil Burning Problems? You may have a claim. Snow dumped on roads a peril to motorists The Stearns County Highway Snow dumped, plowed or shov-onto the highway may also be lia- Department warns that plowing eled onto a roadway can create a ble in a civil lawsuit if damages orshovelingsnowfromyourdrive- real hazard not only for motor- or injuries occur as a result of the ways or sidewalkonto apublicroad ists but also for snowplows. Even action. can get you into trouble. Plowing heavy snowplows have been dam- We urge residents, as good or shoveling snow from driveways aged when hitting compacted neighbors and motorists them- and sidewalks onto public roads and frozen snow deposited on the selves, not to add to the hazards of and streets may be punishable as highways, wintertime driving in this way. a misdemeanor (Minn. Statutes In some parts of the county,]odiTeich, P.E. 169.42 and160.2715.) snow pushed onto a highway Stearns County Misdemeanors are punishable causes snowdrifts which are haz- Highway Engineer byafineofupto$700and/orajail ardous to motorists. The person sentence of up to 90 days. responsible for depositing snow .................. www.tricountynews.mn Valley since ]uly. "We'll keep pushing it out," he says. Watkins The Watkins City Council met Thursday, Dec. 8. There was no one present for the Truth in Taxation hearing, and the 2017 budget was unanimously approved for $666,767 in revenues and 666,767 in expenditures. The 2017 total levy of $542,147 also passed unanimously. The council discussed dis- tressed buildings in town, again, and further action with them. One property owner was present to discuss his property. David Krueger from Meeker County EDA presented the hous- ing study that includes Watkins. The city revised their fee schedule (see page 11). They dis- cussed and set rates for renting the Village Hall: $75 for private parties plus a cleaning deposit; civic organizations may use it once a year for free. Street signs twisted in the tor- nado are being replaced, and the old ones are available for $10 each. One-year subscription to the Tri-County News, delivered each week to your home, is still just $36 (or $46 if you live out-of-state). These rates have remained thq same since 2010. (And our rates already include a $10 senior discount!) Call us today! (320) 398-5000 or 453-6397. ATTEN 2010-2013 5.3 Liter Engine GM Truck & SUV Owners CONTACT JOHNSONff /7 B EC KE R ,:,,.