Prophetstown City Council; Property Discussions

15:28 PM December 13, 2018

Several items involving city owned property were discussed at the December Prophetstown City Council meeting. Mayor Steve Swanson announced that he has reapplied for a grant to help pay for the demolition of derelict properties. If money is received it could be used for costs associated with previously demolished properties. One of those properties, located at 510 Washington Street, will be sold as surplus property. Bids are due by noon on February 11 with a minimum bid of $1,000.


City owned property on the west side of Lyndon Road will be resurveyed for possible sale.  Local restaurant owner Dave  Barajas is considering buying part of the property to build a new facility to house his coffee cake business. (update) 12/13 @ 10:19 p.m. Mmayor Swanson says the survey is simply a boundry survey for future transactions.


City attorney Tim Zollinger reported an initial appraisal on the property at 314 Washington Street of $50,000. The city has begun eminent domain proceedings to purchase the property.


Council Action

Approved the annual tax levy for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.

Approved Christmas bonuses for city employees of $100 for full-time workers and $50 for part-time employees.

Took no action on a proclamation for National School Choice Week in January.



Department Reports

Police- Chief Bruce Franks


Received 60 applications for the school resource officer position and is currently finishing the first round of interviews (10). He hopes to have a recommendation to the Council for their January meeting.


Public Works- Director Brian Strike

Nothing to add to written report.


December Department Reports


Henry C. Adams Library

Darren Mosher thanked the city for their tax payment and announced new hours for the facility: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday1-7, Wednesday and Friday 1-5, and Saturday 9-1. Bids are being let for a new roof to be done in spring.  Plans to purchase a new book drop are underway.


Prophetstown Main Street

Executive Director Tara Pyse thanked all city departments for their help with the annual Lighted Christmas Parade. Announced that six local charities benefited from the recent wine tasting and auction event.


The next monthly city council meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 8th at 7PM.

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