The insurance question is settled. For one more year, the city of Corydon will purchase insurance through Sales Associates, Inc., dba Cook Insurance. Next year, they will look at the issue again.
Dan Sales was at the city council’s Nov. 28 meeting, and when asked about his earlier proposal to work with MDL Insurance Services, he said he had been unable to make contact with David Laing, owner of MDL. Another MDL employee did return his email, but Sales said it seemed apparent a sharing agreement was not going to work.
Sales did say that was not his purpose at the city council meeting. He was at the meeting, he said, to discuss with the council insurance needs for the new city hall building. He said the insurance company had three issues. A portion of the roof needs repair, handrails should be placed on the lower flight of the stairs to the basement and the downspout allows rain water to run across the sidewalk, which could cause falls in cold weather. He also cited what he called “overkill,” the perceived need for a gate at the top of the stairs, which the city has already ordered.
Sales recommended and the council agreed to replacement value insurance on the building rather than actual value insurance.
City supervisor Dave Cusic reported the long-awaited generator has arrived and has been placed in the north lift station. He has had it running several times just to check it out. With that task the sewer project seems to be “getting wrapped up pretty good,” Cusic said. However, the federal Environmental Protection Agency still considers this just the first phase of improvements to Corydon’s wastewater treatment system. Cusic said he received an email requesting annual reports to the EPA and said the city should be planning for future work on the system. Time is needed to monitor the effects of the current work before more changes are made, Cusic said. The council discussed building another basin at the lagoons.
Cusic also said he was contacted and met with representatives of the railroad and Iowa Department of Transportation concerning railroad crossings. After first understanding flashing lights and arms would be installed at the crossing at no cost to the city, at the meeting he was told the crossing near Schroeder Field and the bus barn will be closed. Cusic said it was a rather lengthy discussion, and he is not sure what the outcome will be. Council members expressed their concern that the crossing should remain open and Mayor Rod Parham said the school has also been in contact with the railroad concerning keeping the crossing open for use.
Sort of like opening a can of worms, when the mayor said he had complaints from neighbors about a property where demolition work started on the structure and appears to have stopped, other nuisance concerns began to come to the surface. City clerk Ann Stephens was directed to send letters to more than one person letting them know the nuisance on their property must be abated.
Park, pool, golf course
Councilmember Cheri Nessen presented work on a Lawcon Grant, which she is writing in attempt to fund better playground area in Walden Park. If received, the city would need to match the grant dollars, but that could be accomplished with labor. After crunching the numbers, the council and Nessen decided she would do further research in equipment suppliers and costs.
Nessen also talked with the council about the annual swimming pool report, which was presented at this meeting. Concession sales were up from the previous year and the pool had a record of 15 parties during the season.
Stephens told the council she has billed Corydon Golf Club a little over $14,000 for the 2012 season, and the club still owes $5,000 from 2011 and approximately $1,400 from 2010.
The council also-
• approved a liquor license renewal for Hy-Vee.
• approved a 14-day liquor license application for Cater-2-U of Chariton, to accommodate holiday parties in the Corydon Event Center.
• aßpproved the Annual Urban Renewal Report, which is a new report requested by the state.
The next regular meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. Dec. 6, at which time there will also be a public hearing concerning progress on Corydon’s CDBG housing rehabilitation grant.