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1/16/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
Charlotte says not-for-profit can operate Charlotte Area Activity Center

By Andy Leheney

The Charlotte City Council, at its Jan. 8 meeting, agreed in principle to rent the community's activity center to a local not-for-profit group that will manage the facility.

Council members agreed once the not-for-profit, to be called Citizens for Charlotte (CFC), is organized appropriately, a lease agreement will be established. According to Mike Jensen, a Charlotte resident who is organizing CFC, it is his goal to be able to enter into a lease agreement at the council's February meeting.

Mayor Peggy Sellnau said for the first year of operation, the rent for the Charlotte Area Activity Center (CAAC) likely would reflect the cost the city pays for its insurance.

Sellnau said the rent for future years probably will reflect profit from CAAC events that could be reinvested into facility maintenance and improvements.

She also shared with council members copies of a letter regarding the not-for-profit proposal she received from Darlene Lamp, who has run the past two Charlotte Days for the community.

Lamp stressed her view no lease be signed until "the old school part" of the CAAC has been cleaned, and the facility has received approval from the city's insurance provider. Her letter recommends the proposal be considered carefully, and if the city feels the risk is "too great," also to consider selling the facility for its market value.

Following the unexpected closure of the CAAC just prior to the city's annual haunted house event at the facility in October, Jensen provided the proposal to the council. The closure of the CAAC was prompted by safety concerns that were shared with the city's insurance provider by Charlotte's primary maintenance employee.

Other business

In other business:

•During the public forum, several citizens criticized the recent job performance of the city's maintenance employee, Bill Heiar. Snow plowing and other issues were addressed by several residents. Heiar disputed the accuracy of the reports.

•The council approved the second reading of an ordinance that increases the city's basic water rate to $27.18, which includes the first 2,000 gallons of water.

The rate increases to $3.47 per 1,000 gallons up to 4,000 gallons of use and $3.57 per each additional 1,000 gallons of use up to 14,000 gallons. Between 14,001 and 34,000 gallons, the rate increases to $3.67 per 1,000 gallons, and $3.78 per each 1,000 gallons over 34,000.

•The council entered into an agreement with the Clinton Humane Society to provide care to stray dogs and cats brought to its facility by Charlotte. The society will charge the city $15 per day for each dog or cat, for up to four days per dog and three days per cat.

•The council received a report on a recent activity, the "Ho! Ho! Ho! Hustle," a 2-mile walk/run held Dec. 22. Donations of food, scarves and gloves and approximately $170 in cash were collected to benefit families in need during the holidays.

The council adjourned the public meeting to discuss employee evaluations in closed session.

Following the adjournment, the council released the Clinton County sheriff's report, which was unavailable for the meeting. It showed deputies provided 60.43 hours of direct service Nov. 26-Dec. 25. Two calls were received, and two incidents were handled.

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