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Posted on February 23, 2018 at 11:17 AM by Jasper Kruggel
As we are in the heart of winter, I am returning from my hiatus from this memo. I apologize that this has fallen off, but I’m going to be starting it up again as I feel it’s a nice avenue to provide information to citizens of Le Sueur. As always, if you have any questions or comments about this blog, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org, and my phone number is 507-593-8312.
Upcoming City Council Meeting (2/26/2018) – The City Council meeting on 2/26/2018 is a little lighter than a lot of the previous meetings, but we still have some important items to discuss.
After the consent agenda, we have an item evaluating the City Council long-term and short-term goals. These goals were developed at the 2018 City Council Planning Retreat, which was held on 1/27/2018 at the Le Sueur Fire Hall. These goals were discussed in great detail, and the following were developed and will have the opportunity to be adopted on Monday.
Long-Term Goals - 2022
Staff Priorities – 2018
Next, the City Council will be evaluating the purchase of a Boring Machine for the Electric Division. The current boring machine has been slated for replacement since 2016, and we have finally had enough of the machine breaking down. This is a large expenditure, but we have planned accordingly, budgeted enough dollars, and secured bids through the proper process. Ditch Witch of Minnesota & Iowa supplied the lone bid at $218,501.00, which is not surprising because the boring machine unit was a Ditch Witch, but we are required to go through this process due to the amount being above $100,000. If City Council approves this expenditure, the Electric Division will take delivery of the machine in April.
Capital Planning/2018 Projects – The City of Le Sueur formally adopted Capital Improvement and Capital Equipment Plans for 2018. The basis of these plans is to look into the future five years and estimate expenditures that are needed to continue to maintain service to the various aspects of City business.
Here are some highlights of items that have been budgeted for in 2018:
Stormwater Utility/Utility Rates – In your current bill, you will notice that utility rates have increased and an additional fund for Stormwater has been created. City Staff and your City Council have evaluated in great detail the current financial states of our utility funds and have determined that an increase is warranted due to maintenance needs that have been deferred. These rates will help ensure that you as a citizen of Le Sueur receive the best service from your utilities. Our core goal is to provide citizens with reliable service at an affordable cost. Most of our utilities, minus Sanitary Sewer are at or below the median cost for cities in our region.
City Council also created a Stormwater Utility fund. This fund is to be used only for Stormwater related projects. These may consist of paying for a portion of street reconstruction projects, addressing standing water issues throughout town, addressing deteriorating stormwater structures, and creating and maintaining stormwater ponds.
If you have questions about your utility rates, please reach out, and we will sit down and go over the changes specific to your property.
I hope everyone has a great weekend, be safe during the inclement weather.
Tag(s): Planning, Goals, CIP, CEP
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