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The Mound City Council met in regular session on Monday, Aug. 1, with the first order of business being a budget hearing to review and approve the budget as presented.

The council then approved the minutes of the last regular meeting as well as the minutes of a special meeting held by phone on July 20.

Council member Fanchion Shadden moved to approve the warrant checking in the amount of $59,794.09. The motion was seconded and approved on a 4-0 vote.

Police Chief Paul McKee reported that the digital radios are in limbo and mentioned the need for a second taser.

McKee then thanked the council for allowing his department a full-time officer.

Public Works Superintendent John Bruns then stated that the department has passed the 300 mark on new meter installations and that the metal for the awning at the Splash Park is in.

Jacob Bush reported that he had given City Attorney Jess Randall the paperwork on a property to be deemed unsafe and asked council their thoughts on fining another that is at their time limit and not finished with cleanup.

Randall stated they could either fine them or clean it and add the cost of doing so to the property’s tax rolls.

Randall then presented a resolution regarding another property which the council reviewed. City Clerk Shelby Murray noted the number for the resolution would be 2022-06 and council agreed to add it to the agenda.

Council then briefly discussed the bid for asphalt totaling $99,744 and Mayor Wade Doering noted that $100,000 had been set aside for it. Following the discussion, the council voted to approve it.

Council then approved Resolution 2022-06 on a 4-0 vote.

Council approved adding the new full-time officer to the city health insurance.

The council held a brief discussion on a request for setting an institutional rate for the Justice Center rather than the commercial rate. No decision was made and the matter was tabled.

Council agreed to a pre-buy agreement with Heartland Propane for 1,700 gallons of propane at a cost of $2.29 per gallon.

Council then entered into an executive session for ten minutes to discuss personnel matters.

Upon resuming regular session, a brief discussion was held regarding hiring someone for the compactor once the summer help is gone. No decision was made.

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Total Effect Softball ready for action

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