9/25/2012 2:44:00 PM West Concord City Council
Postal services may be reduced in 2014
By Nan Babcock
West Concord's city council set their 2013 preliminary tax levy at a considerably lower figure than the 2012 levy.
At their Sept. 20 meeting, they reviewed the numbers they had arrived at during a special meeting on Sept. 14. The Total proposed levy is $546,360, which is $135,227 lower than the 2012 levy. The savings are the result of the refinancing of city bonds. State law required that the levy be reported to the state by Sept. 15. Between now and the end of the year, the figure can be further reduced, but cannot be raised.
Stevenson Insurance was approved as official insurance agent, and an insurance package was approved. Workman's Comp increased from $12,416 to $15,951 and liability insurance for the liquor store went from $6,977 to $7,850. The city will be in charge of Survival Days next year and the insurance policies that will be in place should do a good job of covering that event, according to Agent Jeff Stevens, although he said liability insurance expense is growing so large for parade coverage that the city might want to do some checking when it's time to plan the parade.
Librarian Sharon Dahms told the council members she had received a packet in the mail from the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) informing her they are giving public libraries an opportunity to become "village post offices." They hope to find libraries or other businesses that are willing to sell stamps and pre-priced shipping boxes and to provide post office boxes so that small towns can retain their names and zip codes. Sharon discussed the packet with the library board and when she asked the local postmaster about it, she learned that apparently there are plans in place to reduce postal services in West Concord in 2014, so residents should start to think about other possibilities. Council members had further questions and will contact USPS to try to get more information.
Council member Burt Boe asked the council to negotiate a price and conditions on the sale of one of the developed lots on the west side of town. He told the council he was contacted by a builder who wanted to put up a house. Mayor Jeff McCool pointed out that the price and terms for purchasing the lots are stated on the city website, along with the statement that the price is negotiable. The city has contracted with a realtor to handle transactions, so any interested buyers should contact the realtor.
In other business, the council approved a variance for a resident at 504 Olive Street to build an oversize garage at the back of his property, and renewed of the annual liquor license for Wescon Lanes.