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The Mount Ayr city council was able to wrap up their Monday evening meeting in just over a half hour as several absences and a light agenda kept the meeting short.
City council member Brent Ricker and City Administrator Brent Wise were both absent.
The council approved a listing agreement with The Shay Company to list a city owned house at 105 S. Webster Street.
The agreement will run through September 15 of this year and the house will be listed at $79,000. The commission rate if The Shay Company sells the property would be five percent.
Tara Steinbach, who lives at 207 S. Webster was present to discuss her application to raise rabbits at her property.
Steinback said it would not be a big commercial operation, just something that was fun and could bring in a few dollars. She said she would have wired cages and compost the waste to her garden.
The council had some concerns about having a commercial operation taking place in a residential area and what kind of precedent that might make should other commercial operations seek permission to operate in a residential setting.
Mayor Steve Fetty said that more research was needed and the council decided they would make a decision on the request at their next meeting.
The council also agreed to hire a part-time summer employee to help with mowing around the city. The position would be for no more than 40 hours per week.
The council also approved a request from Burton Murphy to install an awning at the former Greggo’s restaurant at 103 West Monroe. The awning would be 4 feet deep by 20 feet long. An announcement is expected soon on what type of business will be going into the now vacant building.
The council set March 22 at 6 p.m. for a work session to discuss a 5-year plan for the sewer infrastructure system and set the public hearing for the city budget at noon on March 29.
The council voted to approve taking part in a catalyst grant with the Ringgold Development Commission for property at 115 East Madison. If the grant is approved, the city would front the first $60,000 of the $100,000 grant, which would then be repaid by the state grant. If the development commission does not receive the grant, there would be no expenditure by the city.