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La Harpe City Council

July 22, 2013

The regularly scheduled monthly meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m.

Answering roll call were: Todd Irish, Brian Lovell, Marcia Stiller, Michael Bennett, Josiah Neff, Darrell Kraft, Rachel Clayton, Marcia Neff, Lucretia McPeak, and Mayor Kenneth Brown.

Also present were: Doug Endres, Karlene Kurtz, Maggie Jones, Delbert Kreps, Justin Livingston, Greg Butler, Kurt Dittmer, Bobi James, and Dan Gillett.

Irish made the motion to accept the treasurer's report and pay all bills. Kraft seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Greg Butler, the Auditor, went over the city's Audit. He complimented the treasurer for her neat bookkeeping, and stated the city was in good shape.

Maggie Jones approached the council along with Karlene Kurtz to voice their concerns with a neighbor that has an abundance of trash, etc. on his property next to theirs. They would like to work with the city to not only keep their neighborhood "junk free", but to have the city as a whole cleaned up. It should be a concern to every citizen to keep their town looking nice. Jones passed around pictures taken today so the council could see what she was referring to. They also voiced their concern that the fine should be increased to ward off existing and potential eyesores.

The City Attorney, Kurt Dittmer, then added that he has sent out letters to individuals, and that he will draft a letter and present it to the council to read and approve before drafting a new Ordinance. Hopefully, an amended Ordinance will help to keep the city a little neater. He also agreed fines should be raised.

Chief of Police, Livingston, then added that he has issued tickets, and is in the waiting period, to see if more tickets need to be re-issued to the same parties.

Mayor Brown encouraged all Alderman to drive through their wards, and check to see if others need to be reported to the Chief of Police, and have the city attorney send out more letters.

Delbert Kreps approached the council to apply for a Class "A" liquor license. According to the city Ordinance, the license would be prorated from May 1st. It would be valid from August 1st, 2013 to April 31st, 2014. Kreps had concerns about having other liquor license holders from area counties holding a Special Events Liquor license in his building,, mainly the Annex, which he would be liable for.

Kraft made the motion to accept Kreps' liquor license application. Neff seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Dan Gillett approached the council concerning the city cemetery. The Historical Society has raised $700.00, and Gillett asked on behalf of the Historical Society, for the city to match the $700.00 in order to repair old headstones of persons who no longer have living relatives. This is something the city has done in the past, and is a worthwhile effort.

Kraft made the motion to match the $700.00 in order to help the Historical Society with the repair of the dilapidated headstones in the city cemetery. Irish seconded the motion. Motion carried.

A sidewalk on the East side of North Center Street in the 100 block is in major need of repair.

Summerfest is July 24th through July 28th. The Car Show is August 3rd, with the opening ceremonies beginning at 10 a.m.

The fence on the west side of the basketball court in the city park needs to be removed.

There's a tree beside the Veteran's Memorial in the park that needs to be cut down. Will get bids.

There is also a dead bush beside the Veteran's Memorial.

Kraft made the motion to adjourn the regular meeting. Stiller seconded the motion.

The regular meeting adjourned at 8:29 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Lucretia McPeak, city clerk