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April 24, 2019

4/12/2019 11:57:00 AM
Dodgeville City Council looks to help with upcoming "Love Dodgeville" event
At last Wednesday's Dodgeville City Council meeting, Iowa County Extension Community Educator Barry Hottmann discussed an upcoming event.
"Love Dodgeville" is in its fourth year and occurs usually in the first weekend of May.
"Love Dodgeville" is a one day activity, including, but not limited to, projects such as cleaning the recreational trail between Dodgeville and Mineral Point, preparation work for the community garden next to Culver's, delivering "May" baskets to all assisted living residents in the Dodgeville area.
Hottmann stated there is money needed to help prepare the baskets, and there have been people that have donated. He also said that "Love Dodgeville" is requesting funnel money through a source, and that the City of Dodgeville be that source.
City Clerk Treasurer Lisa Riley said that this was mentioned to her, and that there was a request for the Dodgeville Chamber to be that source. Accounting purposes were the reason not to do so, according to Riley.
Since "Love Dodgeville" is not a 501(c)(3) business per se, Riley said that she spoke with Eileen Brownlee, the city attorney, and also spoke with auditors to see if it would be a functional thing for the city to do.
"They said it's quite common," Riley said. "It's kind of like a city donation in our eyes, but we could provide a tax deductible donation for people to do that." Riley added that the city could do a tax deductible donation for this to happen, and set up an expense and revenue account to track it easier. This concept falls under the city's donation category.
"Love Dodgeville" is requesting volunteers, and volunteers can find more information on the "Love Dodgeville" Facebook page.
Council members approved to be the passthrough for "Love Dodgeville." In another motion, council members approved to put $250 of seed money for the beautification of Dodgeville. It is contingent on legal advice and authorization.
In other community news, Economic Development Specialst Steve Genoway requested that City Council approve a proposal selection for developmental anaylsis and market proposal. A request for proposal (RFP) has been sent, and is looking to see what type of development can be put on the 74 acres of land.
"There is more to learn about the land, specifically the parts that were annexed in," Genoway said to the council.
The cost for the proposal is roughly $11,000-$10,000 of which is already covered by a structured grant from Iowa County. The remaining $1,000 would come from the marketing component of the economic development budget.
Genoway mentioned that a firm has been selected, as it was a firm that understood Dodgeville's market the best and has done business with them before, based on the response from the RFP.
Council members approved to accept the proposal.
Vickie Stangel, director for the Dodgeville Public Library mentioned that there have been various sites for the library. Space has been an issue for the current building, and the library has been looking for spaces for quite some time. The library board met on Monday to discuss site possibilities. City council did not take any action on this.
In other city council business:
-Council members approved a street use permit for the St. Joseph's School "Fun Run" for May 30, 2019.
-City Clerk Treasurer Lisa Riley read the proclamation in recognition of the twinning of the City of Dodgeville and the City of Oakham, United Kingdom. The twinning started on September 25, 2004.
-The administration and personnel committee is scheduled for Thursday April 11 at 5:30 p.m.
-The finance committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday April 16 at 5 p.m.
-Committee appointments will be announced at the next city council meeting scheduled for Tuesday April 16 at 5:30 p.m.

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