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Preston City Council approves purchase of police car

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

Police Chief Matt Schultz requested the Preston City Council’s approval for purchasing a new police car. The request was approved.

“The 2007 is in dire need of replacement,” said Schultz.

The new police car is a 2014 Chevy Impala, the cost being $20,441 on a state bid. Schultz requested up to $23,500 in order to cover graphics and retrofitting. There is currently $21,500 in the new equipment fund.

The 2007 Chevy Impala that is currently being used by Officer Rick Dahly is anticipated to bring in about $3,000 at auction.

Fee Schedule

The council had a discussion about the schedule of fees. The schedule has been in a place for several years without any changes.

Maust asked about the fee for rock, which he felt was very low. The schedule reads $50 for less than 12,000 square feet, and he wondered if that was supposed to be 1,200 feet. There is also a fee for sanding. There is also a service fee for using a wood chipper and removing trees.

City Administrator Joe Hoffman said the city is trying to get out of doing that sort of work on private properties. “We are not a service for hire,” he said. “These are if we need to take care of something.” He gave the example of a tree falling into an alley, and the property owner being unable to remove it. The city would then bill the property owner for those services.

“This is for an emergency situation where you have to go out,” Mayor Reicks explained.

Hoffman said he couldn’t remember the last time the city has billed anyone for these services, but the fees are a base for a charge if it is needed.

The administrator will be looking into the fees and checking on costs for sanding, rocks, equipment rental, and others.

Employee Step Scale

The City of Preston and Preston Public Utilities Pay Step Scale was approved as presented. The 2014 budget included the two percent COLA (Cost of Living Allowance) that was previously approved by the council.

According to Deputy Clerk Sheila Marzolf, the step scale affects around 20 people, and some of them are part-time employees.

Maust asked if other towns use a pay step scale for their employees. Mayor Reicks said many of them do, and Preston has had the step scale in effect as long as he has been around.

Maust also asked if he could see, for reference, a list of the employees, without their names, and their wages from 2013 compared to 2014, to see how much they have increased. Hoffman said he can get the list for him.

Council Appointments

The council approved the 2014 appointments. Dave Harrison will take Robert Maust’s place on the Tourism Board. Dave Collett will remain the Mayor Pro Tem. Charles Sparks will continue to be on the EDA, the Library Board, and the Parks and Recreation Board. Dave Harrison will remain on the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Public Utilities Commission. Robert Maust will remain on the EDA. The official newspaper is the Republican-Leader, and the official depository is F&M Community Bank.

Other Business

The council approved placing a small ad in the Republican-Leader’s Honor Roll of Businesses section, at a cost of $41.

A corporate authorization resolution was approved, which designates the parties that are allowed to sign checks for the city; Reicks, Hoffman, and Deputy Clerk Sheila Marozolf.

A public meeting was held on January 8 to discuss Preston’s Comprehensive Plan.

The next council meeting was changed to Tuesday, January 21 at 6 p.m.

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