The council was pleased with the new fence erected around the east side of the water tower. Eventually, they will put fencing around all of the tower area.
The council accepted a gift of real estate valued at $10,000 from Farmers State Bank which is the ground adjacent to the community building that used to hold a restaurant. The bank took the building down and cleared the land. The bank had a total cost of over $16,000 wrapped up in the project.
Tax abatement was discussed for new housing but the council nixed the idea as it wouldn't be fair to those who already purchased land and built there.
The public library replacement windows have been put on hold until the weather allows the work to be done.
The council received copies of the planned remodeling on the city hall's restrooms and the hallway. They are to look it over and will decide in January what they want done. When those areas are done, the whole building will be completed.
City attorney Chuck Knudson reported that settlement of a neighborhood dispute is not moving ahead. The city is involved as the situation is a nuisance for the neighborhood as a whole. When all parties met, they came away thinking the situation would be resolved. Now the city will have to push ahead and contact the party or the party's lawyer to resolve it.
Police Chief Jim Ebert said a person drove away after getting gasoline and commented the day may be coming when a person has to pay for gas before putting it into a vehicle. He also reported that investigation of Brian Williams was completed and charges filed against the teacher for allegedly having inappropriate contact with a female student. Ebert thanked the Cherokee County Sheriff's office for assistance.
After thanks was given to retiring council members Chuck Schmillen and Dave Rohwer, Mayor Downs. It was noted that Rohwer will serve as chairman of the Board of Adjustment and Schmillen will remain around to help when needed.