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City of Kiowa closer to renovation project, under budget toward year-end


December 19, 2018

The Kiowa City Council met for their monthly meeting Dec. 10. Mayor Ron Rohr opened the meeting with prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. He called the meeting to order with all members present including: Russ Molz, Brian Hill, Tom Wells, R.L. Simpson, Bill Watson. City Administrator Lou Leone and City Clerk Trish Brewer also sat at the table. City attorney Laurel McClellan was absent.

Leone reported that near the end of the year the city budget is 7.5 percent below. He said there's an estimated $74,000 cash in the general fund. He said that 2018 started out with just $27,000 cash.

When the status of the city office renovation was mentioned, Molz said, “We need to get this thing done.” He added, “It's costing us the longer we wait.”

Leone said, “We'll helpfully have the blueprints in January.” He said they are making a few changes to the foyer, etc.

He said the city is due for an OSHAA inspection in 2019. The entire talk of renovating the city building came from water coming into the roof – causing mold and other health hazards. At first there was a sense of urgency to get the project going because of the health issues and an estimated year has passed since the initial discussion.

Police Chief Reports on Gifts, Retro Bill and More

Police Chief Nate Houston said November was a “busy month” with 23 traffic stops, domestic disputes, etc.

Chief Houston told of the successful visit of Retro Bill, the motivational speaker with the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program. The police department is implementing DARE in the South Barber elementary.

“He (Retro Bill) sent a great message,” Chief Houston said. Of the $4,500 it cost to bring Retro Bill, $3,600 was donated, he said. He thanked all who donated or helped, including the General Store who also donated $5,000 to the KPD for body cams.

Referring to previous traffic problems at the elementary school drop-off and pick-up area, the chief said, “I tip my hat to Mr. Maloney for standing in the road to stop traffic after school.”

Council Action

Leone said they received only one bid to replace the heaters at the community building. That was from Cox Brothers of Kiowa. The council approved the bid that totaled $1,969.

Data Tech is the city's budgeting software, on an annual license fee. Leone recommends the council approve the 2019 contract with Data Tech that has an increase of 18 percent. The amount of renewal is $6,036.06, which the council approved.

Leone also recommended council approval of the city's auditing services with Busby, Ford and Reimer. The renewal reflects a 1.6 percent increase to $9500 for the 2018 audit. The council approved and directed the mayor to sign.

The city uses Sonic Wall services to maintain and operate the city's movie theater. The contract for the firewall protection with Sonic Wall received council approval. Later in the meeting Leone reminded council of issues with the existing projector at the Chief Theater. He said the estimated to cost to replace the projector is approximately $39,000 with a trade-in of the current one. Council agreed they have not been happy with the projector situation. Leone had hoped to have a quote for the replacement, but did not yet at the meeting.

Five Kiowa businesses received council approval for Cereal Malt Beverage (CMB) licenses.

The council approved Leone to make regular emergency and allowable payments prior to year-end.

An ordinance to set a specific day each month for council meetings was approved by council. They'll meet the second Monday of each month. That's instead of the first Monday after the 5th. If a holiday affects the Monday, council will change as necessary.

Leone reported that the county health department is moving back to the community building instead of KDH.

The administrator said he is “squelching any rumors” regarding USD 255 trying to connect to fiber to school sites via city poles. Leone said, “We need agreements before anyone proceeds.” He said “It's an expensive deal,” between $700,000 and $800,000.

Since the city meeting, Superintendent Mylo Miller said, “The fiber optic internet cables are being funded entirely by federal and state funds. I want to personally thank Mr. (Luke) MacKinney once again for all his hard work.” Miller provided a funding charter for the project he said is “nearly a $100,000 project.”

Leone confirmed that U.S. flags fly at half mast for 30 days when a past American president dies – in this case the


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