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Armstrong to refer delinquent loans to attorney

March 6, 2013
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville Daily News

ARMSTRONG?- The Armstrong City Council Monday decided it would refer delinquent revolving loan accounts to the city's attorney.

Mayor Marv Dailey said the opinion of city attorney Chris Fuhrman was that any existing mortgage liens would have priority over any claims filed in small claims court. Instead, Dailey said Fuhrman had recommended restructuring seriously delinquent loans, if possible.

Council member Dave Grussing noted that the city would have to allow another 90 days after serving notice for those who are delinquent to pay up, something that added further to his frustration.

"Just to be completely ignored, we might just as well not have a revolving loan account," Grussing said, adding that he thought the city should have its attorney notify accounts in arrears.

Dailey said he would have Fuhrman send notice to those who were delinquent.

In the police report, chief of police Craig Merrill noted he had to use force in apprehending two individuals.

The council approved a high bid of $523.12 from David Merrill for a surplus Beretta Model 92 from the police department.

In the maintenance report, maintenance superintendent Tom Leach reported that when water was shut off to the water plant during water tower repairs there was no water pressure back into the plant so chlorine could not be pumped into the system. As a result, the DNR placed the city on a boil order for several days.

Leach also noted the city needs to catch up on tree trimming with the last job done three years ago.

The council held a public hearing and approved publishing a tax levy of 10.75 for 2013-14, up 25 cents from the current levy.

After another public hearing the council also waived second and third readings and approved an ordinance amendment for a $2 monthly increase in water rates, $1.50 sewer and 40 cents for garbage. This is the first rate increase for water and sewer in 10 years, said Connie Thackery, city clerk.

The council also approved a $30,756 payment to Maguire Iron of Sioux Falls, S.D. for repairs to the old water tower.

The council also approved a liquor license, Sunday sales and beer garden application for Country Greens.



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