Council members sworn in Tuesday by City Clerk Deb Taylor included newly-elected At-Large Council member Chad Brown, and re-elected incumbents Jim Peck in Ward 1, and Wayne Pingel in Ward 3. Brown replaces Burkhart in the At-Large capacity. The elected Council members officially begin their new duties Jan. 1, 2012.
After listing the names of those recommended by Mayor Mark Murphy to serve on a specially-formed Koser Spring Lake Park Committee, Murphy asked for Council approval, which was granted.
The committee's charge is to create fund-raising opportunities and proper planning for the proposed new Yacht Club and Maintenance Shop in Koser Spring Lake Park.
This past summer, the Cherokee City Council voted unanimously to move forward with plans to issue an estimated $500,000 General Obligation Bond to finance a new Yacht Club and Maintenance Building in Koser Spring Lake Park.
However, the Council later decided against the project due to what it considered exorbitant architectural fees and total project costs, and returned to square one, seeking further public input. The volunteer committee formed Tuesday to study the entire proposal is a result of the renewed effort and has been embraced by the City and the Council.
The Council also approved a Tax Abatement for First Coop Association for the improvements made earlier this year at 960 Riverview Dr. formerly housing Holton Signs and several other businesses. That building was severely damaged in the July 2010 tornado that stuck northern portions of Cherokee.
First Coop purchased the building and remodeled it into administrative office headquarters and was seeking a 10-year graduated abatement schedule where the business will receive an 80-percent credit the first year, 70-percent the second, and continuing less 10-percent each year for the 10 years. Thereafter, First Coop will pay 100-percent tax evaluation, according to current law.
The Council hosted a reception for Burkhart following the meeting and Mayor Murphy presented the outgoing Council member with a plaque thanking her for her service to the City.