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1/19/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
Grand Mound makes new committee assignments

By Sarah Beuthien

A new year brought new committee assignments for Grand Mound City Council members.

Council member Chris Beuthien now will oversee park and recreation and public nuisance. Kurt Crosthwaite has police and streets. Tami Guy will continue her work with community center and community club and buildings and grounds. Mike Lawson will act as mayor pro tem and take care of finance, and Darrell Warren will handle WGML and utilities.

The council also discussed and approved salary increases for employees. Part-time employee Chad Miller now will earn $10.50 an hour, a 50-cent increase. Steve Kilburg also saw an increase of 40 cents, bringing him to $16.62.

The new city clerk, Melissa Conner will start out at $12 per hour. Conner told the council training is going well, and she is enjoying the position so far.

Replacement help for when Kilburg or Miller are gone will remain at $9 hourly as will city attorney Dave Pillers' fee of $85 per hour and $95 for each additional hour.

Council members are paid $30 per meeting; the mayor receives $400 per month for his duties.

The council approved the agreement for the Clinton County Humane Society for the year.

Also approved was this year's budget for WGML; no increase is budgeted. Conner, Warren and Mayor Behr will serve as Grand Mound's committee members on the WGML board

Mortgages from the 2008 housing rehab project were released, and new loan agreements were approved for projects done in 2012.

Three resolutions were read: naming depositories, setting salaries and certifying completion of the sewer project.

The Clinton County sheriff's office reported deputies were in the city of Grand Mound 53 hours Nov. 26-Dec. 25. During that time they issued a warning for no insurance, wrote a citation for speeding and answered calls for a noise complaint and miscellaneous.

Kilburg reported getting quotes for a box blade for the tractor; council is in favor of purchasing the blade to help clean up the alleys. Quotes ranged from $1,500 to $3,000 for 8-foot blades.

Guy reported the community center received a grant for a new door. The door has been ordered and will be installed soon.

Mayor Behr spoke with council about parking in the city, noting he is seeing a lot of diagonal parking. Conner will send notes to residences violating the parking, and further issues will be handled by law enforcement.

As the meeting came to an end, council members thanked city clerk Marilyn Galloway for her many dedicated years of service.

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