BELOIT CITY COUNCIL – Wednesday, October 5, 2022

By Terry Bailey

The Beloit City Council met at City Hall Wednesday evening, October 5, to attend to the business of the City. All Councilors were present as well as Mayor Tom Naasz, City Manager Jason Rabe, City Attorney Katie Schroeder, and City Clerk Amanda Lomax.
The Councilors extended their sympathies to the family of former City Councilor, Lloyd Littrell.
City Manager Rabe told the Council he did not have an update on the Water Treatment Plant and Pipeline. He reported the Solar Farm is continuing to function as expected. The technicians are still fine tuning the apparatus. Rabe said 50 to 60 high school kids have visited the solar farm as part of their study of alternative energy. He said sales tax revenues are still reporting strong numbers which helps the city budget in many ways.
Rabe reported a federal mandate is underway to determine the presence of lead water pipes all across the United States. Cities must survey all residences to determine what type of water pipe exists from each water main to the foundation wall of each dwelling. Rabe said the study must be completed by October of 2024. Once the inventory has been completed, decisions will need to be made on how to best replace the lead pipes.
Rabe also reported that about $300,000 in available in Federal funds to spend on airport updates and renovations. The airport steering committee is working to make decisions on how to spend the money.
A special use license was approved for the Eagles for a function that will take place in the street in front of their club on October 15th. Councilor Gretchin Staples asked if any type of police presence would be on hand for the event. Rabe said he would check with Chief Elam to consider the options for security.
The Council approved the Cat Ordinance No. 2324 which regulates ownership of cats within the city limits of Beloit. The ordinance is available for viewing on the City's website. All interested citizens are invited to examine the provisions of the new ordinance.
The Council appointed Heather Matter to the Library Board.
The Council approved a bid from Border States for 18 thirty-five-foot treated utility poles and 18 forty-foot treated utility poles for a total of $22,230.
Also approved were crossarm bids from Wesco and Border States. A bid of $15,750 will provide 100 eight-foot crossarms, 100 ten-foot crossarms, 100 pairs of eight-foot crossarms, and fifty pair of ten-foot crossarms.
The Council approved a partial closure of the Chautauqua Park for and AGCO event on Saturday, October 8th.
The Council adjourned into an executive session to discuss non-elected personnel. When the Council returned to open session they voted to approve a four percent raise for City Manager Jason Rabe.
There were no items for discussion in the work session and the meeting was adjourned.


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