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Neighbors Growing Together | Aug 29, 2014

Kalona buys truck, OKs budget

By Mary Zielinski, Contributing editor | Feb 19, 2013

The Kalona Council Monday approved the $3,075,043 budget for fiscal 2013-14 that has a $9.60310 levy, an increase of .40l from last year’s, and a 3 percent wage increase for all city employees. Approval followed a very brief public hearing in which no objections were raised.

City Administrator Ryan Schlabaugh noted Kalona’s finances are in “good shape,” that the city’s debt capacity is $7.9 million and its only current bond debt is about $800,000 remaining on the $1.4 million new library.

Main business was approving purchase of a 2013 Chevy 3500 HD Silverado for city use. Base cost was $32,046 with a municipal discount of $6,900 and a $13,000 trade for the 2008 Ford truck with 30,000 miles dropping cost to $12,146. Truck equipment including a plow mount, hoist and other accessories, made the total price $22,579.

In other business, the council:

• learned that a public meeting to form a final Community Center Committee is set for 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 27 in the council meeting room at the City Hall. The project is a proposed joint venture with the Mid-Prairie School District that approached the city last month about building the facility on district-owned land in Kalona;

• received preliminary plans for replacing a large storm sewer segment at the southeast edge of Kalona,closing off about 2,400 feet of old, unused line and replacing 600 feet with new. Cost figures will be presented at the next meeting;

• learned the city will meet with Department of Transportation officials this week to see about repairs for the Highway 22 bridge in Kalona and an asphalt overlay on Highway 1; and

• learned Kalona received $2,368 in insurance premium refund.

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