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Norton City Council Notes

THE RESOLUTION FOR A SALES TAX QUESTION AND THE UPDATE ON PROJECTS WERE ITEMS FOR THE NORTON CITY COUNCIL LAST NIGHT.  RICK ENSZ FROM COOPER, MALONE AND MCCLAIN, PRESENTED A RESOLUTION TO THE COUNCIL TO ASK THE COUNTY CLERK TO PUT A SALES TAX QUESTION ON THE NOVEMBER 6TH GENERAL ELECTION BALLOT.  IN THE ORIGINAL PAPERWORK, THE RESOLUTION WAS SUPPOSED TO BE AN ORDINANCE WITH THREE READINGS.  SARA STEELE BOND COUNSEL, PRESENTED A RESOLUTION INSTEAD THAT DOES NOT REQUIRE THE THREE-READING RULE.  A PREVIOUS CITY COUNCIL MADE THE RULING TO HAVE THE THREE-READING RULE FOR ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS ONLY NEED ONE.  THE COUNCIL DISCUSSED IF THIS WOULD ALLOW THE PUBLIC ENOUGH TIME TO EXPRESS THEIR OPINION ABOUT THE SALES TAX ISSUE.  THEY VOTED BY A VOTE OF 4 TO 2 TO TABLE THIS RESOLUTION UNTIL THE NEXT MEETING, TO ALLOW THE PUBLIC ANOTHER CHANCE TO TALK TO THEIR COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVES.  THE SALES TAX BEING PROPOSED IS .75 PER CENT FOR 20 YEARS.  ALSO LAST NIGHT, THE COUNCIL APPROVED THE MAYOR’S RECOMMENDATION OF JENNIFER HENRICKSON TO THE NORTON HOUSING AUTHORITY BOARD.  THE FAIR RIDES ARE UP AND READY TO GO.  THE THIRD DRAIN PAN PROJECT STARTED YESTERDAY AT THE CORNER OF EAST WAVERLY AND STATE STREET.  TWO HAVE BEEN COMPLETED AND TWO MORE ARE ON THE SCHEDULE FOR THIS YEAR.  THE KDHE INSPECTED THE WATER PLANT AND FOUND NO DEFICIENCIES AND NO RECOMMENDATIONS FOR IMPROVEMENTS.  THE CITY RESIDENTS WILL STILL PROBABLY GET TWO MORE LETTERS ON THE TRI-HELAMETHANES.  THE FINANCE COMMITTEE WILL BE STUDYING A CHANGE IN THE LAW THAT ALLOWS CITIES TO PUBLISH A SHORT VERSION OF THEIR LEGAL NOTICES IN THE OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER AND THEN REFER TAXPAYERS TO THE CITY’S WEBSITE FOR THE FULL VERSION.  THE FINANCE COMMITTEE IS CONTINUING WORK ON THE BUDGET.  THE BUDGET HEARING WILL BE AUGUST 15TH AT 5:45 DURING THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING.  THEY ARE PROPOSING A ONE-MILL INCREASE IN THE MILL LEVY.  THE SPECIAL EVENT CEREAL MALT BEVERAGE LICENSE FOR THE SMOKIN IN THE BARN AUGUST 24TH AND 25TH WAS APPROVED.  THE AMERICAN LEGION RIDERS WILL HOST THAT BEER GARDEN.  THE UPDATES ON THE CHAMBER BOARD AND THE TRAVEL AND TOURISM COMMITTEES WERE PRESENTED.  THE PARKS COMMITTEE IS WORKING ON TRIMMING TREES IN ELMWOOD PARK AND ONE WILL BE COMING DOWN BY THE FOOT BRIDGE BY THE OLD RESTROOM BUILDING.  THEY ARE ALSO SPRAYING FOR BINDWEED WITH THE HELP OF THE COUNTY NOXIOUS WEEK DEPARTMENT.  THE PROJECT LIST FOR THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT WAS PRESENTED.  UPCOMING MEETINGS ARE FINANCE MONDAY AT FIVE, PERSONNEL NEXT WEDNESDAY AT 4:30 AND THE PLANNING COMMISSION JULY 30TH AT FIVE.  ALL MEETINGS ARE HELD IN CITY HALL AND ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.