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Norton City Council Notes

THE RESOLUTION FOR A SALES TAX QUESTION AND THE TRANSFER OF FUNDS WERE ITEMS FOR THE NORTON CITY COUNCIL LAST NIGHT. THE COUNCIL RECEIVED THE RESOLUTION AT THE LAST MEETING TO ASK THE COUNTY CLERK TO PUT A SALES TAX QUESTION ON THE BALLOT AT THE NOVEMBER 6TH GENERAL ELECTION. THE RESOLUTION STATES RESOLUTION #6-2012, AUTHORIZING THAT A SPECIAL QUESTION ELECTION SHALL BE CALLED TO BE HELD ON NOVEMBER 6, 2012, REGARDING THE QUESTIONS OF IMPOSING A 0.75% CITYWIDE GENERAL PURPOSE RETAILERS’ SALES TAX, TO FINANCE THE COSTS TO CONSTRUCT AND EQUIP A CITY SWIMMING POOL PROJECT, TO PAY THE COSTS OF OPERATING AND MAINTAINING THAT SWIMMING POOL AND TO FINANCE GENERAL OPERATING AND CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT EXPENSES OF THE CITY…IF THE SALES TAX PASSES, THE COUNCIL WILL THEN GO AHEAD WITH THE PROJECT. THE VOTE WAS SPLIT ONCE AGAIN WITH HARRIETT GILL, DONNA FOLEY AND ROBERTA RYAN VOTING YES, JERRY JONES, JERRY MORITZ AND RON BRIERY VOTING NO. THE MAYOR BROKE THE TIE BY VOTING YES. ALSO, GIL OTTER ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE TAX AND IF THIS TAX PASSES THAT THE COUNCIL WILL PROCEED WITH THE PROJECT. ALSO LAST NIGHT THE COUNCIL APPROVED A TRANSFER OF 49 HUNDRED DOLLARS FROM THE ELECTRIC FUND TO THE BOND AND INTEREST FOR THE WASHINGTON SQUARE PROJECT BOND AND INTEREST PAYMENT. IT WILL BE RETURNED TO THE ELECTRIC FUND WHEN THE COUNTY TAX RECEIPTS ARE RECEIVED NEXT MONTH. THE ORDINANCE TO INCREASE THE TAX REVENUE FOR THE 2013 BUDGET YEAR WAS APPROVED TO ALLOW FOR THE 10 THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR THE FUEL FOR THE AIRPORT. THE CITY HAS RECEIVED A LETTER FROM THE COUNTY INFORMING THEM OF THE INCREASE IN LANDFILL FEES STARTING JANUARY 1 OF 75 DOLLARS PER TON. THE COUNCIL ADDRESSES A HOUSE BILL THAT A WHOLE ORDINANCE DOES NOT NEED TO BE PUBLISHED, BUT ONLY A SHORT DESCRIPTION AND THE WHOLE ORDINANCE WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THE CITY’S WEBSITE, WHICH THEY ARE USING DISCOVERNORTON.COM. ALSO, THE COUNCIL ACCEPTED THE LOW BID FOR MATERIALS FOR THE REPAIRS TO WEST CRANE TO HELP WITH DRAINAGE. THAT WILL PROBABLY START CLOSER TO OCTOBER. THE COMMITTEE SYSTEM FOR THE COUNCIL WAS ADDRESSED. THE COMMITTEES STARTED IN 1953 WITH 9 AND IN 1986 WENT TO SIX. THE PERSONNEL COMMITTEE IS THE ONLY ONE THAT HAS TO BE SET. THE MAYOR HAS THE DISCRETION TO MAKE THOSE APPOINTMENTS. THE R.V. DUMP STATION IS NOW OPEN AT THE WASTEWATER PLANT FROM NINE TILL FOUR WEEKDAYS. THE CITY WILL BE BORING LINES AT THE AIRPORT AND FOR THE LIONS CLUB AT BUSCH FIELD. AFTER HOURS, CITY RESIDENTS ARE ASKED TO CALL THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE IF THERE IS A WATER LEAK OR POWER OUTAGE IN THE CITY. THE POOL WILL BE CLOSING AUGUST 12TH AND MAY REOPEN ON THE 18TH AND 19TH IF THERE ARE LIFEGUARDS AVAILABLE. IT MAY THEN BE USED BY THE FOOTBALL TEAM AND THEN FOR A DOG SWIM AND THEN WILL BE DRAINED BY THE FIRE DEPARTMENT. THE COUNCIL ASKED THAT THE MUNICIPAL COURT PROVIDE THE AMOUNT OF FINES ASSESSED EACH MONTH, THE DOLLARS COLLECTED FOR CURRENT AND PAST DUE FINES AS WELL AS THE TOTAL OWED TO THE CITY. UPCOMING MEETINGS ARE PUBLIC SAFETY AUGUST 20TH AT FIVE, PERSONNEL AUGUST 22ND AT 4:30 AND THE PLANNING COMMISSION WILL MEETING AUGUST 27TH. ALL MEETINGS ARE HELD IN CITY HALL AND ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.