1/15/2013 1:11:00 PM Council discusses veterans memorial park
By Tara Lindquist
Mayor Don Gray, councilman Dean Gray and councilwoman Michelle Welch took their seats on Claremont City Council on January 8.
Mayor Gray and councilman Rolland Brown spoke briefly on the idea of starting a veteran memorial park in town. Brown explained the idea was brought up during an American Legion meeting last month, and they thought Claremont should have a memorial park like surrounding towns have done. Brown said it's just an idea at this point and they were just putting the idea out there for consideration.
Mayor Gray stated he would like to start having the five committees meet half an hour before the council meeting to discuss any matters that have come up. Gray believes having items come before the committees should shorten the length of the council meetings and help items get the attention they need before the council meets. If the committee members have matters that need to be discussed they can have them put on the agenda prior to the meeting.
The council received two applications for one EDA committee vacancy; Ginny Busch and Donald Johnson. Mayor Gray thought that Donald Johnson would be a good member, it would bring "new blood" to the committee. Brown and Jeff Louks wanted to keep Ginny Busch on the EDA since she was the mayor and on the Dodge County EDA Board. The council members then asked about going six or seven members. After some more discussion the council agreed to have seven members on the EDA committee and seek one more applicant. They will also ask Busch and Johnson to attend the February meeting so the council can meet with them.
The city clerk asked the council if they want SEMMCHRA present at the next meeting to answer any questions. Mayor Gray would like to work with CEDA and asked CEDA if SEMMCHRA can do anything they can't. CEDA stated they do everything SEMMCHRA does except Section 8 housing, which isn't available right now. CEDA also does grant writing, SEMMCHRA would be a five-year contract, which the council is unsure if they want to commit to a five-year contract. Sorg will contact CEDA and ask them to attend the next council meeting.
City Attorney Mark Rahrick approached the council to explain Dodge County has been updating boundary lines, and they had some questions for Sorg on determining who owns some properties. There are approximately two acres south of the railroad tracks; east of Oakview and that the county was questioning who owned it, whether it was the railroad or a person. Rahrick's research showed that the railroad does own the property, and they are paying taxes on it. The county also shows the railroad owning the bathrooms and swing set area north of the railroad tracks in Westside Park. The council asked that Rahrick work on getting the property put into the city's ownership.
The council also approved the 2013 fee schedule, 2013 committee members and appointed Jeff Louks as acting mayor. It also approved a donation request from Triton High School Post Prom committee and agreed to donate $150.
New committee assignments are:
Public Works: Dean Gray and Jeff Louks
Public Health and Safety: Michelle Welch and Rollie Brown
Planning: Dean Gray and Rollie Brown
Parks: Mayor Don Gray and Michelle Welch
EDA: Mayor Don Gray and Jeff Louks
Mayor Don Gray will be the alternate if any council members can't make it to the committee meetings.