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Armstrong council approves incentives

By Staff | Aug 6, 2008

The Armstrong City Council Monday approved an incentive package to ABCM Corporation for the Valley Vue Care Center addition.

The incentive package includes providing a line and hydrant to the care center at a cost of $20,000 plus forgiving 10 percent of the property tax to the new addition.

In other matters, the council heard a complaint by Marlys Madison-Nelson on the condition of her father’s grave at Armstrong-Grove cemetery. She complained about weeds and no grass seed being planted on the grave site.

Mayor Marv Dailey said the city had withheld pay to the cemetery maintenance contractor, Dave Johnson, for July.

The council agreed to contact Johnson again on the matter.

In his report, Police Chief Craig Merrill suggested that the city include cats on dog nuisance ordinances or have a separate cat ordinance. He said school signs are up and that he was exploring options to have less call time. He said he presently has 56 hours of call time a week in addition to scheduled duty. Merrill also suggested that when ordinances are recodified that the city address golf courts as a means of transportation.

Matt Mase of Waste management appeared before the council to request a fuel surcharge.

Councilman Todd Eisenbacher moved that the city accept Maes’ proposed 8 percent fuel surcharge and that a contract be set for three years.

The council approved a pay estimate for final completion of the pool project to Grundman-Hicks for $11,325. The council, however, declined to pay the contractor for its request for half of the $39,356 retainage until it repairs cracks in the pool.

The council approved a resolution for new street lights at the aquatic center.

Also approved was a loan for $19,600 to Corinna Hargrove to purchase Armstrong Foods. The loan is subject to retirement of the loan to the current owner.

The council also agreed to pay estimate No. 1 to Valley Contracting for the storm sewer project.