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The Mount Ayr city council covered a light agenda in their final meeting of 2021.
The meeting was also the last one for councilman Brent Ricker, who has served on the council since 2009.
Joining the council in January will be Jessica Bishop, who defeated Ricker in the November general election.
Among a handful of action items, the council:
• approved a service agreement with gWorks to continue offering accounting and financial management software to the city.
gWorks is in the process of phasing out its current PC-based software and moving to a new cloud-based system. The new software will also offer the city the means to create a website.
The cost of the new agreement is $5,800, including the cost to build the new website.
• approved the purchase of a new pump plus installation at the Pasture Lift Station.
The cost of the pump was quoted at $17,808 with associated installation costs totaling $15,038.74.
• approved Matt Hudson as the city’s applicant for the Community Catalyst Remediation Grant.
The grant will go toward renovations at the building located at 106 E. Madison Street.
• approved a $100 one-time salary adjustment for all city employees.
In other business the council:
• learned from city administrator Brent Wise that the proposed purchase of a new garbage truck would likely be delayed significantly due to dealers being unable to obtain new vehicles.
In the short term, the council agreed to remove the emissions component that has caused breakdowns on the current truck.
The council decided to move forward with being put on the dealer’s waiting list.
• briefly reviewed information from Wise concerning employee wages prior to beginning work on the FY 23 city budget. No action was taken at Monday’s meeting.