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Council Approves CodeRED System

The Eagle Lake City Council met Tuesday, January 10 to discuss a new emergency notification system, salaries for 2017 council and mayor and water and wastewater infrastructure improvements.

Colorado County Sheriff’s Office Communications Supervisor, J.R. Geisler attended the meeting to discuss the CodeRED emergency notification system.

CodeRED is a system that will call or text residents in the event of a potential or pending emergency. It is designed to be a free service to citizens of the affected area.

Additionally, CodeRED could provide weather warnings based on geographical location including severe weather warnings from the National Weather Service within minutes of being issued.

The annual cost to each entity for this service would be $2,943.75 and will be shared with the City of Eagle Lake, the City of Columbus and the City of Weimar.

This service was unanimously approved by the council.

William Huebner of O’Malley Strand Associates, Inc. was on hand to discuss water and wastewater infrastructure improvements and financing with the council.

Eagle Lake Director of Public Works, Dan Clark and Eagle Lake City Manager Sylvia Rucka met with engineers to review repairs and needs to the Eagle Lake water and wastewater systems.

“We were able to remove quite a bit from the list of work that was previously on the repair list,” Rucka reported. “We anticipate doing as much of the work as possible through the annual budget and hopefully Community Development Block Grant funding in the coming years.”

Additional repair cost estimated by the city’s financial advisor would be approximately $5 million with 1.875 percent interest rate for a 40-year payoff. This would amount to approximately 40 payments of $178,795.64.

Rucka reported estimating approximately 1,400 utility customers, this would require an increase of about $11 per month per customer for 40 years. This increase does not include any regular annual increases to the city budget.

This decision was tabled by the council until the next scheduled meeting with the suggestion of a workshop to discuss the matter further.

The salaries of the mayor and council members was decided unanimously by the council.

The mayoral salary will remain $37.50 per meeting and the council member salaries will also remain the same at $25 per meeting.

“These amounts have not changed in several years,” Rucka stated. “They will stay the same at this time.”

Other Business

Elysia Hernandez purchased a manufactured home to be placed at 316 W. Waverly.

According to Rucka, Eagle Lake City Inspector, Victor Shimek, discussed the placement of a used manufactured home at this location with Hernandez.

When Hernandez prepared to pay for the permit, it was discovered that the location for the home was in a place manufactured homes were not allowed.

“Normally we would not allow it to be placed at this location if we had caught the zoning issue at an earlier time,” Rucka reported. “Although she purchased the home before she had the permit, we feel partially responsible since we did not advise her that it was the incorrect zoning district.”

With the exception of Councilman Benny Landrum, the council decided to approve the placement of the Hernandez home.

Eve Lucas, Pat Matula and Karyn Frayard of the Eagle Lake Preservation Alliance entered into an Interlocal Cooperation Agreement with City of Eagle Lake to make improvements to the street and traffic signs in the Commercial Historic Downtown District.

The Alliance will apply for grants to cover funds needed for this improvement.

Laura Myres, President of the Eagle Lake Garden Club attended to request that the City of Eagle Lake pay the utility water billing for The Point at East Main Street and Boothe Drive.

According to Rucka, the City already pays the gazebo area bill, which includes the swimming pool, City Hall, which includes City Hall and the sprinkler system and Harrison Park at the corner of Boothe Drive and S. McCarty.

“The sprinkler systems do enhance the areas that they irrigate,” Rucka said. “But the cost is something the original council was concerned about when they were first approached about installing one at City Hall.”

The council approved that the City will pay the minimum of 30,000 gallons, any water usage over that 30,000-gallon minimum will be the responsibility of the Eagle Lake Garden Club.

The next regular meeting of the Eagle Lake City Council will take place Tuesday, January 24 at 7 p.m.  [-end of story-]


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