Friday, November 17, 2023

Grant City Selects Auditor for Finances

The Grant City Council, at its regular meeting Wednesday, selected a new auditor for the city. Two bids were received. One was from Kenny Hales out of Liberty (MO). The other was received from Conrad & Higgins from Chillicothe. The council voted to select Hales.

The council voted to partner with the Northwest Missouri Regional Council of Governments to promote the Affordable Connectivity Program.

City Administrator Meggan Brown was not present, but submitted a written report. She has been in the process of working on the demolition grant for the five buildings on the Square. Two letters of violation have been turned over to City Attorney Taryn Henry.

Public Works Director Carl Staton reported that city crews have been working on four water leaks. They have one left to repair on North Front Street. The South High Street water project is completed. Ryan Fletchall collected water samples to send to St. Joseph. LED lights have been purchased for City Hall. The fluorescent light bulbs are getting hard to find and expensive.

Staton requested a 12” bucket for the mini excavator that the city was able to purchase. It came with a 30” and 24” bucket, but if they purchase the 12”, they could do away with the trencher. The purchase will be paid for by putting the older lawn mower and the trencher on Purple Wave in the spring. The council approved.

Water tower inspection and repairs were completed. However, it is in need of many more repairs. The council suggested the city start looking into grants for a new water tower.

A sewer pump that the city ordered two months ago is scheduled to be shipped on November 27th.

City Clerk Farrah Richey reported that average for a convenience fee, if implemented, would be $4.65.

Blue Cross & Blue Shield raised the health insurance rates by 2.2% for next year.

The city is in the process of sending out delinquent tax letters.

United Fiber will be in Grant City November 22nd to do site surveys for the fiber installation.

Alderman Kevin Kobbe said that everywhere else outside Grant City, the gas prices are much lower. For instance, gas at Rick’s in Hopkins was $2.99 per gallon as of November 17th. The city will draft a letter.

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