On a 4-0 vote, the City Council of La Porte City approved a resolution adopting the City’s budget for Fiscal Year 2019 at their regularly scheduled meeting on February 26. The FY19 budget year begins July 1, 2018 and concludes June 30, 2019. Council member Mike Johnson was absent from the meeting.
The budget calls for just over $4.5 million in expenditures and will result in a tax rate levy of 14.87799 per $1,000 assessed valuation on regular property. The FY19 tax rate is just a fraction lower than the 14.88140 rate assessed by the City for FY18.

A public hearing and adoption of Ordinance 532 resolved one of the issues the City has been working through regarding requests to vacate alleys. Following a public hearing regarding the alley between lots two and three, block five (original plat), the City Council affirmed the recommendation made by Planning & Zoning to vacate the alley that intersects Locust Street near Wolf Creek. The Council then accepted the offer made be David and Oleen Arenholz to purchase the portion of the alley which runs through the garage adjacent to the home at 403 Locust Street for $500.

The Council then turned their attention to Ordinance 533, which sets the dates for when fireworks may legally be set off inside city limits. While state law allows for the use of fireworks betwen the hours of 9 AM and 10 PM during two time periods during the year (June 1-July 8 and December 10-January 3), the ordinance passed by the Council narrows the legal use of fireworks inside city limits to June 22-July 8 and December 15-January 3. See the complete text of Ordinance 533 on page 4 of this edition of The Progress Review.

Changes near the Union Community Schools bus garage will be forthcoming, as the City Council adopted a resolution approving a lease agreement that will allow the school district to use land adjacent to the bus garage. The district was given clearance to place gravel on the leased land where school buses will be parked.
In other business, the Council approved the appointment of Teri Tumilty to serve on the Planning & Zoning Commission. Her term will begin immediately and expire on December 31, 2022.

The Council approved the transfer of funds in the amount of $18,844.50 to pay for bunker gear for the Fire/Rescue Department.

The Council also approved the release of the mortgage at 208 Main Street, as it has been paid off, satisfied and paid in full.