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Norton City Council Notes

CONTINUED DISCUSSION ON THE NORTON POOL WAS THE MAJOR AGENDA ITEM FOR THE NORTON CITY COUNCIL LAST NIGHT.  RICK ENSZ BOND COUNSEL PRESENTED THE PRELIMINARY DEBT SERVICE AND SALES TAX SUMMARY.  WITH THE FIGURES HE HAD FROM THE ARCHITECT, THE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE AND THE SALES TAX HISTORY FOR THE CITY, HE WAS ABLE TO MAKE PREDICTION THAT FOR THE CITY TO COVER THE DEBT PAYMENTS FOR THE NEW POOL, THE SALES TAX INCREASE WOULD HAVE TO BE .85 PER CENT.  THAT INCLUDED THE PULL FACTOR OF THE PEOPLE COMING TO NORTON TO SHOP, THE SALES TAX RECEIPTS FOR THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS AND THE PROJECTED COSTS TO CONSTRUCT, MAINTAIN, EQUIP AND OPERATE THE POOL.  THE CITY ALWAYS BUDGETS 60 THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR THE CITY, WHICH HE DID NOT TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION.  WHEN THAT AMOUNT IS APPLIED TO THE FIGURES, THE SALES TAX COULD BE REDUCED TO .75 PER CENT.  KEVIN MAC-AL-YEAH FROM AQUATIC DESIGN STATED THE COST JUST FOR CONSTRUCTION WOULD BE 3.5 MILLION DOLLARS ON THE DESIGN DECIDED AT THE LAST MEETING.  THE TOTAL COST FOR THE PROJECT WOULD BE 4.535 MILLION DOLLARS.  THE PAYMENT EACH YEAR WILL BE 345,667 DOLLARS.  THE COUNCIL SPLIT IN THEIR VOTE.  THE MOTION TO LEVY A .75 PER CENT SALES TAX WITH A 20 YEAR SUNSET CAME OUT A TIE WITH ROBERTA RYAN, DONNA FOLEY AND HARRIETT GILL VOTING YES, JERRY MORITZ, JERRY JONES AND RON BRIERY VOTING NO.  THE MAYOR BROKE THE TIE VOTING YES.  ENSZ WILL NOW WORK ON THE ORDINANCE TO BE PRESENTED AT THE JULY 18TH MEETING.  THE PUBLIC BUILDING COMMISSION TO OVERSEE THIS PROJECT WAS APPROVED WITH THE COUNCIL AND MAYOR AS THE MEMBERS.  THEY VOTED 4-3 TO ELECT HARRIETT GILL AS THE PRESIDENT, 5-2 FOR ROBERTA RYAN AS THE VICE PRESIDENT AND 4-3 TO APPROVE JERRY MORITZ AS THE SECRETARY.  ALSO LAST NIGHT, CITY ATTORNEY KAREN GRIFFITHS HAS SOME QUESTIONS ON THE EMERGENCY SNOW ROUTES AND THE SIGNS THAT DESIGNATE THEM.  WASHINGTON STREET IS A PRIMARY SNOW ROUTE, BUT HAS THE EMERGENCY SNOW ROUTE SIGNS.  SHE WILL RESEARCH IT.  THE NORTON RECREATION COMMISSION PURCHASED TWO NEW BASKETBALL GOALS FOR THE WARD FIELD.  DOCTOR MARTY GRIFFEY WANTS TO START A YOUTH PROGRAM TO TEACH YOUNGER KIDS TO PLAY BASKETBALL.   THE ORDINANCE TO VACATE THE NORTH HALF OF THE ALLEY IN BLOCK TWO OF THE GOLF ADDITION WAS ADOPTED AFTER WAIVING THE THREE-READING RULE.  THAT IS BESIDE THE CREDIT UNION AND THE SOUTH HALF WAS VACATED IN THE 1950’S.  THE FIRST READING OF THE ORDINANCE FOR BULK STORAGE IN THE CITY LIMITS WAS APPROVED.  THE CITY ADMINISTRATOR WAS INSTRUCTED TO FIND OUT THE COSTS OF HAVE ANOTHER CONTRACTOR REPLACE THE METAL ON THE GRANDSTAND ROOF.  THE CONTRACTOR THAT ORIGINALLY SAID HE WOULD IS NOW TOO BUSY AND COULD GET TO IT LATER.  THE METAL WAS DONATED TO REPLACE THE EXISTING ROOF.  THE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE FELT THAT THE FIRE SIRENS IN THE CITY OF NORTON ARE KNOWN BY CITIZENS AND WILL NOT BE CHANGING.  THE SIDEWALK REPLACEMENT REQUEST FROM TIM BOTELER AT 320 SOUTH STATE WAS APPROVED.  THE PARKS COMMITTEE WILL BE WORKING ON GUIDELINES TO HELP WITH THE MAINTENANCE AT THE CEMETERY.  THE COUNCIL APPROVED A 500-DOLLAR DONATION TO THE NORTON CHAMBER FOR THE FIREWORKS SHOW WITH RON BRIERY VOTING NO.  UPCOMING MEETINGS WILL BE PERSONNEL NEXT WEDNESDAY AT 4:30 WITH UTILITY AT FIVE, A PUBLIC WORKS WORK SESSION JULY 16TH AT 5:15.  ALL MEETINGS AND WORK SESSIONS ARE HELD IN CITY HALL AND ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.