Kalona council discusses foundation contributions
KALONA — As part of its first meeting of the year, the Kalona council Monday approved report to the Washington County Riverboat Foundation (WCRF) how recent awards were used.
The city has, since the WCRF policy began in 2006, received $879,928 in municipal allocations, a large part of which have help fund improvement projects, including the recent $3.2 Downtown Revitalization Project. The Downtown project will be paid of by June 1, 2014.
Two other projects, which will be funded by the WCRF quarterly municipal payments, are the Kalona Campground renovation, $9,500 and the city’s yearly contribution to the Kalona Historical Society to aid with Kalona Historical Village costs, $11,621.
The quarterly payments to Kalona in 2012 totaled $144,974.47.
In other business, the council:
• learned that the Iowa Flood Center will work with FEMA regarding creation of a floodplain management group that will included all communities in the English River floodplain. Most of the work will be for Kalona, noted City Administrator Ryan Schlabaugh;
• leanred that there will be a presentation at the next meeting regarding the evaluation of he parks and recreation department equipment and programs;
•l earned that the city’s water and sewer rates are the 5th lowest in 23 comparable communities;
• learned that the recent audit was termed “very good” by the auditors and that, as usual, the only real criticism was segregation of duties, something “we cannot do unless we hire 12 other employees,” said Schlabaugh. It amounts to an annual criticism; and
• approved a resolution designation official publication, committee memberships and city officers.