2/20/2013 2:16:00 PM Claremont City Council
City receives flag from American Legion
By Tara Lindquist
On behalf of the Claremont American Legion, Lloyd Wobbrock and Mike Berg donated an American Flag to the Claremont City Hall during the City Council meeting on Tuesday, February 12.
The council also heard from Ron Zeigler of CEDA. CEDA is a non-profit organization made up of community and economic development professionals that provide ideas and capacity buildings for rural economic revitalization. The council asked if they would be able to help the city with the RK&T Development that the city now owns. "We can give you a fresh set of eyes and try to come up with some new ideas," Zeigler explained. "But housing developments are hard; there are no easy answers to get people to build." CEDA can do just about anything else the city would need, they can write grants, do housing and development planning, business retention and comprehensive planning. The cost for them to be in Claremont every other week would be $10,810 or $21,810 for every week. The council was recently confronted by SEMMCHRA to enter into a three-year contract with them to do the same thing for the city. "Unlike SEMMCHRA, we don't require a long contract, we do have a thirty day notice clause and that's it," Zeigler said. "It's on us to perform for the city, or we won't be contracted with the city any more, nor should we be; our job is to work in helping you."
The council also received their yearly audit report from Tom Ilinger with Abdo, Eick and Meyers. He reported there was a $210,000 transfer made from the general fund to the sewer fund to zero out the deficit as the council requested. The city does levy for a portion of the sewer debt payments. The annual deficit is expected to be approximately $30,000, which will start growing again if sewer rates are not raised.
The Claremont Chamber of Commerce reported that the Claremont Pub has taken over Hog Fest for the next year and may scale back on some of the activities. They also reported the pub will be hosting Winter Fest on March 3.
City Attorney Mark Rahrick looked through the covenants on the housing development and offered some suggestions and ways to enforce them while still protecting the city. The EDA members asked questions and will discuss the housing development at their next meeting.
Other items on the agenda included the approval to close off parking in front of the Claremont Pub for Winter Fest, the payment of the bills and the council moved the March meeting to Thursday, March 14, due to Township Elections.