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January 23, 2019

12/7/2018 12:22:00 PM
City Council approves 2019 budget

It was on Tuesday's agenda to have a public hearing to discuss the proposed budget for 2019. Despite announcements posted, no one from the public attended the public hearing.
With Mayor Todd Novak at other business, City Council president Dan Meuer presided over the meeting.
City Clerk Treasurer Lisa Riley gave a few brief announcements. She informed council members of LWMMI representative Dennis Tweedale's retirement effective in 2019. Tweedale handled insurance for municipalities. She also gave an claim update for a Petroleum Environmental CleanUp Fund Award (PECFA) program. This claim was submitted earlier this year to address repairs for the old dipper lot north of the Chamber of Commerce.
According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website the PECFA program "provides reimbursement of eligible expenses for the investigation and cleanup of petroleum contamination from product storage systems." Examples of petroleum products are gasoline, kerosene, used motor oil and diesel fuel. Public Works Director Greg Lee added it is still ongoing.
Riley also announced election deadlines. Three incumbents have submitted their declarations of candidacy, with one spot open. Anyone choosing not to run must submit that information by Friday December 21, otherwise all nomination papers must be in by Wednesday January 2 by 5 p.m. Any questions must be directed to Riley.
Holiday hours for Dodgeville City Hall were also announced. City Hall is closed Monday Dec. 24 and Tuesday Dec. 25, as well as Monday December 31 and Tuesday January 1st.
Riley also gave an update regarding a Lands' End Personal Property Refund. The City paid $90,547.49 to Land's End for tax paid by them.
Economic Development Specialist Steve Genoway submitted a report highlighting activities that took place from March 12-December 4. Highlights from that report include Genoway continuing to meet with local business owners and operators, developing relationships with area businesses to further determine needed support areas, examine housing developments, as well as give an announcement that the Regional Comprehensive Economic Strategy (CEDS) planning for 2019-2024 is underway.
In action item business:
-Council members approved a resolution to approve the 2019 budget, and set 2018 levy payable in 2019. The mil rate decreases from $8.26 to $8.16 for city limits only. The amount is $3,009,567.
-Council members approved a new one year operators license for Tammy Johnson (Ending June 30, 2019).
-Council members approved a new one year operators license for William Martin Kunkel (Ending June 30, 2019).
-Council members approved the 2019 Iowa County Humane Society Stray and Abandoned Services Contract. Contract amounts stayed the same as last year's.
-Council members approved Ordinance 1378 to Repeal and Recreate Section 11.07(15) Related to Garbage and Refuse collection service provided and fee charged.
-Council members approved claims as read by Alderperson Mike Borne for Farmers Savings Bank and Marine Credit Union.
Next council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday December 18.

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