|12/22/2017 2:41:00 PM|
Chisago City’s Council ended 2017 on a positive note. At its regular Dec. 12 meeting, Chisago City council trimmed $44,000 from the 2018 preliminary budget and held the line on its 2018 tax levy.
The amount of Chisago City’s final 2018 levy decreased to $2,544.816 from an originally proposed $2,585,055.
The city was able to achieve the levy decrease by reducing the amount budgeted toward construction of a possible future Chisago City Police Department space from $50,000 to $25,000 and by eliminating $13,500 budgeted for contracted street sweeping. (The police department building will be necessary only if Chisago City and Lindstrom fail to renew their joint policing contract, which expires in 2018.) Councilwoman Marie Rivers spoke briefly in favor of retaining the additional $25,000 for the police department fund, should it be needed. Hearing little support from fellow council members, Rivers ultimately joined in voting in favor of the reduced budget and decreased levy.
In other business: After a brief public hearing, the council voted to reduce the originally approved assessments for last summer’s street improvements for Sportsmans Drive, Shoquist Lane and James Court. Total project cost for Sportsmans Drive and Shoquist Lane came to $169,820 of which 40 percent was assessed to benefiting property owners.
Total project cost for James Court was $57,859 of which 90 percent was assessed to benefiting property owners. Because actual construction costs came in significantly lower than original bids, per unit assessments for James Court were reduced from the original $12,647 to $10,414; on Shoquist Lane from $18,924 to $17,404, and on Sportsmans Drive from $7,070 to $6,624. The motion to approve the reduced assessments passed with Councilwoman Rivers abstaining as she owns property on Sportsmans Drive.
Pechman informed the council that city staff had negotiated the purchase of a 2000 Elgin broom sweeper from the City of Fridley for $20,000. Chisago City has previously contracted for street sweeping at a cost of $13,400 a year. “The city should see a return on its investment in a little over two years,” said Pechman. “And staff will be able to sweep streets more often if necessary.” Money for the new sweeper came out of the city’s storm sewer fund.
The council agreed that its first meeting of the new year will be Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, at which time annual appointments will be made.