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Spirit Lake – City OKs liaison officer plan for school

By Staff | May 29, 2008

SPIRIT LAKE — At the Spirit Lake City Council meeting on May 28, several topics were discussed.

The first topic was for the approval of the agreement with the Spirit Lake School District for a School Liaison Officer. Police Chief Jeff Hanson would like the liaison officer to become familiar with the students and the community. The officer will consult on a daily basis with the district elementary, middle, and high school administrators to coordinate student needs.

The position will have a two-year contract. The city would provide 60 percent of the costs of the officer for wages, benefits, educational or program materials and expenses, and other employer-related costs. The agreement was approved.

Another topic of discussion was the sale of city property at 909 18th St. to Dickinson County. City Administrator Mark Stevens wants recommendations from the council for the use of the money. Stevens would like to see the money put into the general fund. Council member Steve Balm thought the money could be used for other assets such as streets and parks.

The resolution approving the sale was adopted unanimously.

Kathy Evert from the Iowa Lakes Corridor was present to give an update and to discuss the new four-year campaign.

The Corridor has asked the city council for $125,000 over the next four years. Council member Clyde Ihrke deemed it a worthwhile effort, and said that the new businesses would replenish the money spent. No action was taken on the topic.

The approval of the new contract agreement with Northwest Iowa Planning and Development Commission for a Workplace Safety and Compliance Program was also passed unanimously. Council member Kevin Bice said that the program is “well worth the money.”

The council was asked to appoint a member to the Dickinson County Taxpayers Association Advisory Committee. Steve Balm volunteered for the position, and the motion was carried unanimously.

Several resolutions were carried including the conveyance of easements in Hawthorn Park, the amendment to the Fiscal Year 2008 City Budget, and amendment number one to the water treatment plant expansion design.