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Paullina Council Considers Two Ordinance Changes


August 29, 2019

Paullina Council Considers Two Ordinance Changes

By Mari Radtke

The second reading by the Paullina Council of the amendment to the parking ordinance was held Monday August 19. The ordinance limits the size of non-self propelled vehicles, or equipment and truck parking that may be parked on city streets in Paullina. The council approved waiving the third reading of the ordinance and passed it.

The council also was introduced to a new investment policy modeled after a sample ordinance provided by Iowa League of Cities. Some laws addressing investment of municipalities were modified. Cities now have some new rules to abide by. The proposed ordinance addresses authority, procedures, and transactions record-keeping for the city's money. The proposed ordinance also addresses diversification of investments, which the city has none of a type requiring diversification; conflicts of interest are addressed in the proposed ordinance and the frequency of review of investment policy is also proposed for amending from 2 years to 3 years.

The street installation in the East Business Park has met with a challenge at the intersection of Wood and Commerce. Elevations are appearing different. The engineer was on hand to discuss the potential problem. The elevation and slope at the intersection could pose some water issues for Murphy Trucking. No decisions were immediately made until contractors can determine of the slope issue can be remedied. There was brief discussion of if the drawings used to construct the transportation company were appropriate to use to develop the building plans. Mayor Justin Stamer took the position that Murphy fulfilled due diligence prior to beginning the construction of the trucking shop. Dennis Werkmeister did not seem to be fully on board with that view.

The Council also considered the current 28E Agreement with the City of Sutherland for law enforcement sharing. The City of Sutherland pays the City of Paullina $100 per day for 3 hours of coverage. In addition, if Paullina police officers are on call for Sutherland, they may have additional hours, travel and paperwork or court duties for any particular call. Costs to the Paullina Police Department for the specified coverage were presented. Sutherland Police Chief Jami Webster and Mayor Kay Gifford were present to discuss the concerns.

Costs presented by the Paullina Police Department for the 3 hours were as high as $134.18, not including any time over the 3 hours. It was decided for the issue to be taken back to the Sutherland Council for discussion. Neither Webster nor Gifford expressed any opposition to reviewing the terms of the contract and discussing the matter further.

Dana Schuknecht was approved for the Library board following the retirement of Shirley Tesch.


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