Water and sewer rate increase discussed
RIVERSIDE—The city council approved two resolutions, tabled the purchase of a new city truck until next year, and discussed the forensic audit at Monday nights meeting.
The first resolution approved by the council with a vote of 4 to 0 was to schedule a budget amendment hearing for May 19 at 7 p.m. Councilor Nate Kasdorf was absent.
The second resolution scheduled a public hearing on Monday, May 19, at 6:45 p.m. on increasing the city’s water and sewer rates. City Administrator Rusty Rogerson said the proposed increase is $2.
The last time the water and sewer rates were addressed by the city was when the casino came to Riverside and the fees were decreased, Rogerson said. According to Iowa Enterprise Law, the water and sewer plants should be self-sustainable, he said. However, the water and sewer fund will see a $55,000 budget shortfall this fiscal year.
Rogerson told the council he had received bids for replacing one of the city’s trucks and Gretter was the lowest bid. He recommended the council move forward with purchasing the truck before the end of the 2013-14 fiscal year.
Councilor Tom Sexton said he was concerned with the proposed purchase of a new city truck. When the council was doing the 2014-15 fiscal year budget the council decided to drop this from the budget because of the increase to the water and sewer rates, he said. Sexton said he thought the truck still had some use left.
Sexton made a motion to delay the truck purchase for one year. The motion was approved unanimously.
Other items covered at the city council meeting included:
• approving a resolution awarding L.L. Pelling with a contract of $41,000 to chip and seal streets in the city this summer;
• tabling the closed session under Iowa Code 21.5 (j). Mayor Bill Poch said the information needed for the closed session had not been received:
• on May 20 from 3 to 7 p.m the Riverside Fire Department will have a 75 inch ladder truck at the firehouse doing a demonstration. The fire department has submitted a grant request to the Washington County Riverboat Foundation requesting funds to help purchase a truck like this;
• and learned the forensic audit report done by an investigative firm hired by the city’s former insurance agency because of a claim from the special investigative audit was sent to Washington County Attorney Larry Brock. Rogerson said Brock has had the report since December 2013 and it is up to Brock as to whether or not any further action will be taken.
The next city council meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 19, at Riverside City Hall.