Kiowa City Council approves budget


September 22, 2021

At Kiowa's September city council meeting, the council approved their 2022 tax budget. The mill rate is 46.380. This is anticipated to raise $255,000 tax revenue. The council did not approve a resolution to get the RNR (revenue neutral rate). The motion died for lack of a second.

The council approved the budget that has total expenditures of $3,309,364. That includes the rec commission.

All members were present except Jason Thayer. Mayor Bill Watson attended with council members Tom Wells, B.J. Duvall, Brian Hill and Janet Robison. City Administrator Sam Demel and City Attorney Brandon Ritcha sat at the council table.

Hearing the BG Consultants report on Kiowa's waterline replacement project, the council approved payment of their bill request totaling $61,884.56. On the big transmission main line along Tri-City Road, they have a change order. This is to move across the road in one place. This is on the east side of Tri-City and north of the Gerlane Road. The cost to move across the road was $29,177. This includes cost to bed the pipe with sand and move across the road.

Assistance for the police department was on the agenda. Hill wants a mutual aid agreement. Demel wants to meet with the sheriff's department. They plan to do that and get a plan.

When the subject arose of getting a CMB license for the new Family Dollar/Dollar Tree store that is reportedly to open Sept. 30, the council had some questions: mainly about the proximity to the high school.

The council did their research and held a special meeting Monday night and approved the CMB license. At that special meeting the council decided to pass on a used sewer truck they were considering purchasing.

Regarding the Arctic Blast bill, Demel said the city has collected about $58,000 of what they owe. The bill was $133,000. Demel will give monthly reports.

Randy Robbins approached the council, saying he wants to be considered for the city spraying job.

Police Chief Travis Peterson gave his report that included him recovering a stolen pickup owned by Tom Farney. He reported that two cars were broken into and there was an attempt to break into a shed.

City Superintendent John Duvall reported on generator work, storm drain work, recyclables, etc. He said they can tear down the old building at Ellis Field this winter.

The council held an executive session to discuss a real estate transaction with no action taken.


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