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Armstrong council discusses sharing agreement with A-R

By Staff | Feb 6, 2008

ARMSTRONG — The Armstrong City Council Monday night discussed a possible maintenance sharing agreement with Armstrong-Ringsted Community School District Superintendent Randy Collins.

Collins outlined a state program in which local government entities, such as school districts and cities, can share certain staff such as a director of operations and maintenance. If the city bought 20 percent of the maintenance director’s contract from the school district, the school would then receive reimbursement amounting to the equivalent in state aid for five students at approximately $5,000 per student. Sharing agreements could be made for up to five employees, bringing up to an additional $125,000 to the school district.

Council members Brian Fuller and Paula Mart have agreed to meet with the school board to determine the feasibility of the sharing agreement.

In other business, Maintenance Director Tom Leach noted that four trees had been cut down last week.

Police Chief Craig Merrill updated the council on attempts to restrict traffic in the alley south of the school. Merrill is working with the Iowa Department of Transportation to get mobile signing in place.

A public hearing on 2008 storm sewer improvements was postponed. The state DOT has agreed to share $28,700 of the cost of the project in order to help alleviate flooding on Main Street.

The council approved a 3 percent annual cost of living and salary increase for city employees. Also approved was increasing vacation days from seven to nine and allowing employees to choose their vacation days.

In new business, a beer license and Sunday sales renewal application for Kum & Go was approved.

The council also approved pay estimate No. 4 to Grundman-Hicks for work on the city pool.

The council decide to borrow locally for the new police car rather than enter into a loan agreement with DaimlerChrysler Financial Services Americas. Borrowing locally will save the city 3 percent interest.

The board deferred until its March meeting the appointment of Don Looft as the city’s representative to the Northwest Iowa Regional Housing Authority Board.

The council also discussed 2008 aquatic center manager qualifications.

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