A major portion of the meeting dealt with an on-going fence dispute involving Kevin Ott and the Elaine Rassel family. Ott approached the Council to clarify if he has done anything wrong. In particular, he asked about ordinances No. 1 and 7.
Number 1 deals with placement of fence as it has to set on one's own property and set back far enough on one's own property so that it can be maintained by the property owner. Number 7 deals with the composition of the fence so the fence is appropriate.
Mayor Downs asked City Attorney Chuck Knudson to comment and to review the said purpose of each ordinance. One comment was to also remind those present that the ordinances had been changed from when the original fence was set up. Downs told Ott that they would take the comments under advisement and perhaps would have something more to say at the next meeting.
The Council had their attention drawn to the cost of health insurance. The town received another notice of an increase in the base which made for an increase of 23.95 percent. The Council has eliminated one employee which will make a reduction of $8,000 which will keep the budget in line with costs of the year 2010.
Mayor Downs noted to the Council that with one ill city employee, two city employees not only plowed the streets and did the garbage run in the cold temperatures, they got their act together and knocked themselves out with very little sleep. Downs suggested they thank these gentlemen, Steve Galigan and Greg Carver, when they see them,
A pool committee has been organized to oversee how it will function. The following folks have agreed to serve: Laura Staab, Sheree Ogren, Ali Vasher, Joel Carver, and Tony Ross.
The meeting ended with Mayor Downs thanking Sheree Ogren not only for her eight years of service to the town ,but for all of the other volunteer work she does more days than not . Sheree volunteers at the school, nursing home, historical society, church and wherever they have asked her to serve. Obviously, she prefers not to sit idle, but stay busy by helping others.