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At their regular meeting Monday, March 4, the Mount Ayr city council approved a contract with gWorks of Lincoln, NE to move forward with a proposal to create electronic records of property lines and infrastructure within the city.
At their meeting February 18, the council had contracted with gWorks to provide digital records of all easements within the city at a cost of $24,000.
A decision to include additional record-keeping services had been tabled at that meeting in order to determine what records the city already had on hand.
At Monday’s meeting the council added additional services to include a GPS data collection and layer creation, a digitization of zoning map and an annotation map. The cost of the added services is $53,830.
These services will allow the city almost instantaneous access to lot lines, records of property ownership, location of utility installations, updated nuisance records and other information related to city infrastructure.
It was explained the amount of information available via the electronic records would be vital as the city moves forward with future infrastructure projects.
One main consideration is a proposal from ALLO Communications of Nebraska to provide fiber optic high-speed Internet service to Mount Ayr residents and businesses.
With the detailed maps, ALLO would be able to provide more accurate costs estimates for installation of the fiber optic system.
City superintendent Brent Wise added that access to detailed mapping of city infrastructure may soon become a requirement for the financing of projects through the State Revolving Fund, a common practice for most recent projects in Mount Ayr.
In other business the council:
• approved the city budget for the upcoming new fiscal year.
• approved the second reading of an amendment to the city garbage ordinance to reflect changes to collection rates. The proposed changes include a $1 increase to residential and business customers with additional increases for collections of more than once per week. If approved on a third reading, the new rates would go into effect July 1.
• reviewed proposed amendments to the city’s water ordinance. Most changes related to hook-up and disconnects and adding municipal infractions for failure to adhere to water policy guidelines.
• approved a pay request of $373,864.21 from Shane Poe Construction for work completed on the water piping project.
• approved drawdowns from Community Development Block Grant (($76,974) and State Revolving Fund ($307,496.04) accounts to cover the payment to Poe plus other related services from Garden and Associates for engineering work on the project.
• learned a court order has granted the city ownership of a property at 206 E. Jefferson Street due to abandonment of the property following the previous owner’s death. The city has been directed to take no further action on the property for 30 days to allow for appeals.
• approved payment to Scott and Chandra Poore for an easement on their property located at 900 W. Adams Street.
• approved the purchase of a snow blade for the city’s pickup. Cost of the used blade is $3,500.
• approved the renewal of a liquor license for Rumors Bar and Grill.