Wellman tax levy 18 cents less than last year

Wellman residents will pay a little less in taxes for fiscal 2010.  The tax levy is $10.64795 per $1,000 evaluation, 18 cents less than the current levy.

The lower levy does not mean we will not continue the same level of city services

“The lower levy does not mean we will not continue the same level of ciy services,” said City Administrator Dave Ross.
The council, which met February 17 in regular session, set 7 p.m. March 2 for a public hearing on the $4.6 million fiscal 2010 budget.
During the meeting, Shawn Powell of Southeast Iowa Insurance Services, noted that the city had a premium increase last year of $9,854 to cover construction liability for the Parkside Activities Center.  He said once the Center is done, coverage cost swill drop and become mainly property insurance.
Additionally, the YMCA, Sunrise Childcare and the physical therapist, who will occupy the building, will carry their own liability insurance.
The result is that liability coverage for the city at the Center will be minimal, he said.
However, Powell urged that the city develop a written Workers Compensation policy requiring the use of specific medical personnel and services for consistent care and better claim tracking.
Ross said he will have a policy for the council at its next meeting.
The council had a lengthy discussion about two nuisance  abatement issues:

  • one at 801 8th Avenue where an awning hanging from the house could fall and cause problems.  The property is in foreclosure, so the council needs to locate the financing company before the notice of abatement can be served
  • the second is 612 6th Street and the property owner was present to explain her plans for cleanup of several vehicles, tires and other items.  She told the council that her church group volunteered help and two vehicles and the tires already are gone.  The notice gave her until March 1, but after the discussion, the council agreed to extend the time as long as progress was being made.

In other business, the council:

  • approved a three-year lease with Berger Farms for use of the farm ground at the well number 3 site.  The lease runs from April 8, 2009 to March 1, 2012
  • learned that Susan McClellen is now the manager of WATV, replacing Larry Thurman, original manager

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