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Government Workings

By Staff | Jun 19, 2015

Pierce County Board Meets

On June 8th there was a special session held for the Pierce County Board of County Commissioners. At the special session Chairman Duane Johnston called the meeting to order at 7:30 a.m. Commissioners Michael Christenson, Mike Brossart, David Migler and Rick Larson were all present for the special session. The purpose of the session was to discuss how to reduce energy costs at Memorial Hall and if covering the block windows with insulation was the best most cost efficient way to do so.

The county board reviewed a proposal from Brokaw & Jones Plastering, Inc. that encompassed covering the existing block windows at Memorial Hall with insulation. After discussion by the Commissioners, a motion was made by County Commissioner Christenson and seconded by Commissioner Larson, to have Brokaw & Jones, Plastering, Inc., proceed to cover the north and west side windows at the Memorial Hall at the cost of $15,591.00 to the County. The motion passed unanimously. There was no further business, and Chairman Johnston moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:15 a.m.

Canvass Board Meets for Election Certification

On June 15 at 7:00 p.m. the canvassing board met to certify the recent special election for a new councilperson in Ward 4 of Rugby. Present from the canvassing board to certify the election were Mayor Geiszler, City Auditor, Elizabeth Heisey, City Attorney Hartl, Councilman Gary Kraft and Councilman Terry Wentz. The results were certified making write-in candidate Chuck Longie the new Councilman to represent Ward 4. Mr. Longie will be sworn in at the next city council meeting scheduled in July.

Special City Council Meeting Held

On June 15th at 7:00 p.m. there was a special meeting held for the second reading of Ordinance No. 395 as it pertains to the issuance of City of Rugby General Obligation Funds Bonds in the amount of $400,000.00 to finalize the financing of the Fire Hall. The issuance will be a 10-year bond that can be paid off any time after the initial five years. The city will be paying 1.2 % interest on the monies borrowed the first four years of the life of the bond. They will be paying 1.8 % the next two years and 2.3% the final two years of the bond.

The average interest rate the city taxpayers will pay, if it goes to full maturity, is 1.878% and once the cost of issuance is factored in to the equation the actual interest rate paid of the term of the issuance will be 2.921%. The council voted 7-0 to proceed with setting up the bond sale.

Then there was the second reading of Ordinance No. 390 the “Nuisance Property” ordinance. There was some discussion that in the ordinance it gives someone not complying with cutting the grass on the property 14 days to comply. There was general sentiment that this was too long for the curing process and that a new grass ordinance will need to be enacted. The council decided that they would take that up another time. After the second reading of Ordinance No. 390 it was accepted “as is” by a vote of 7-0. The passing of the ordinance now makes it fully enforceable.

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