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Spirit Lake Council sets budget hearing

By Staff | Apr 24, 2008

SPIRIT LAKE — Mainly to get an early jump on the construction season, the Spirit Lake City Council Tuesday set a public hearing date of May 27 for a current-year budget amendment of $1,081,780.

City Administrator Mark Stevens said most of the extra money would be needed to start fiscal 2009 construction projects before July 1. “We cut some expenses in some areas and added in others,” Stevens said.

Among other matters, the council took no action on a resolution approving a third amendment to the Ferguson Business Park Development Agreement. The amendment addresses long-term responsibility for median maintenance.

The council approved an agreement with the Spirit Lake School District for a full-time school resource officer. The city would pay 60 percent of the officer’s salary and the school district would pay 40 percent.

The council approved a resolution changing the city building inspector position from part-time to full-time. The change comes after a department restructuring after the city building code was repealed.

The council received a petition for voluntary annexation of a parcel on Sunner Avenue on the southwest side of the city. The annexation would be for four homes that want to hook up to city utilities.

The council discussed possible transfer of property at the intersection of 36th Street and Highway 71 to an adjacent landowner. No action was taken.

The council also approved a hoist permit application for 23rd Street and also approved the appointment of Councilman Jerry Harbst to the safety committee.

The council also approved street closings for the Mainsail-A-Bration and BRASL events. The temporary closings would be to accommodate a parade route.