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November 29, 2011 Regular Town Council Meeting

November 29, 2011

The Santa Claus Town Council met in special session on November 29, 2011 at the Town Hall.  The meeting was called to order by Council President Ron Smith at 5:30 P.M.

Present:  Ron Smith, Kevin Burke, Elmer Dilger, Michael Johannes

Absent:  Dennis Della Morta

Christensen announced that the meeting was being recorded.

Also present were Utilities Superintendent, Russ Luthy, Clerk-Treasurer, Kim Christensen, Scot Elliott, Waterworks Board Chairman, and Frank Fowler, Waterworks Board Vice-Chairman.

Employee Insurance:  Danita Grosvenor, Amenity Business & Insurance Solutions representative, presented the Council with a breakdown of the employee insurance quotes that had been received.  After review of the information received, Smith moved to renew the policy with United Healthcare, which includes vision and with HRI for the dental.  Dilger seconded the motion.

Ayes:  Smith, Burke, Johannes, Dilger

Nays:  None

Motion carried.

Burke thought that the increase in policy amount should be passed on to the employees.  Luthy stated that it is hard to attract and keep qualified personnel.

Invoice:  An invoice from Oeding Heating and Air Conditioning had been received from Phil Weaver for the Town’s portion of wastewater work (replacement of the “Y”) done at 458 W. Prancer Dr. S.  Luthy requested permission to pay the invoice.  Dilger moved to approve the payment of $365.00.  Johannes seconded the motion.

Ayes:  Smith, Burke, Johannes, Dilger

Nays:  None

Motion carried.

New Employee:  Luhty asked permission from the Council to hire Kenny Hoosier at $11.00 per hour to work in the wastewater department.  Burke moved to approve the hiring of Kenny Hoosier at $11.00 per hour with a starting date of Monday, December 5th.  Johannes seconded the motion.

Ayes:  Smith, Burke, Johannes, Dilger

Nays:  None

Motion carried.

Water Budget:   Luthy, Elliott and Fowler presented the water budget for the council’s approval.  After review Smith moved to approve the 2012 water budget as presented.  Johannes seconded the motion.

Ayes:  Smith, Burke, Johannes, Dilger

Nays:  None

Motion carried.

The Council thanked Elliott and Fowler for their service on the Waterworks Board.

Wastewater Budget:  Luthy presented the Council with the wastewater budget for 2012.  He pointed out that the expenses far exceed the revenues because of his wish list:

  • Sewer line rehab  $115,000.00
  • Lift Station #22 rehab  $180,000.00
  • Pump panel rehab  $27,000.00
  • Repainting clarifiers  $70,000.00
  • New sludge hauling tank  $30,000.00

After discussion the Council felt that the first two items on Luthy’s list were the most important.  Johannes moved to approve the 2012 wastewater budget with the capital improvements amount being changed to $300,000.00.  Dilger seconded the motion.

Ayes:  Smith, Burke, Johannes, Dilger

Nays:  None

Motion carried.

Industrial Park:  Luthy asked about the possibility of doing some clean-up in the industrial park in order to attract potential buyers.  The Council said this would be discussed next year.

With no additional business to come before the Council, Johannes moved to adjourn the meeting at 6:55 p.m.  Burke seconded the motion.

Ayes:  Smith, Burke, Johannes, Dilger

Nays:  None

Motion carried.