Council OKs Boone Bash funds

A request to help fund the children’s events and entertainment for the Boone Bash celebration was approved by the City Council of Webster City Monday night.

The council approved the request from the Boone Bash Committee to fund activities during the annual event on June 21 in the amount of $1,250. Deb Brown, Chamber of Commerce director and a member of the committee, told the council that requested $1,250 would be used to help with cost of inflatables. She said the committee plans to seek local sponsors and private donations to cover the remainder of $2,200 total needed to fund the attractions, entertainment and miscellaneous expenses.

In previous years, WC HYPE assisted with many of the children’s events and raised money privately but also received contributions from the City Council. The organization no longer exists, said City Manager Ed Sadler in a memo to councilmen, but the committee would still like to have the activities which have proven popular with area families.

The format for the Boone Bash has changed this year, with the Cardboard Regatta moving to 9 a.m. at the outdoor swimming pool. The river events will this year have a Poker Run Theme. Brown said participants can canoe or kayak, and those wishing to walk or bike the trail can also take part. She added that the poker run should encourage greater participation.

The free community picnic will return to Twin Parks in the late afternoon on June 21. The children’s activities and entertainment will also be located at the park.

Mayor Doug Getter told Brown to let the committee know that next year’s budget may not allow the council to fund “extra-curricular” events.

“Things are going to get very financially tight for us next year,” said Getter.

Three individuals – Dick Lubbers, Myra Maxon and Linda Conaway – were reappointed to serve on the senior citizens center advisory board. The three will have staggered term lengths, with Lubbers’ term ending May 31, 2015, Maxon’s ending the following year and Conaway’s term would end on May 31, 2017.

“I want to thank the three who put their hands up to serve on this committee,” said Councilman Logan Welch. “It’s a great bridge between the council and the senior citizens group. These people have a ton of info, a ton of insight and a ton of enthusiasm. I think we’re lucky to have them.”

A contract with The Pavement Doctor of Fort Dodge was approved for pot hole patching services on various streets in Webster City. Sadler said bids were requested from two different companies, but the Pavement Doctor was the only one to submit a bid. The bid has a cap of $15,000.

Sadler said a hot mix that the contractor uses is a more efficient method of repairing pot holes than the cold mix method used when the city staff does patch work.

T&D Handyman Services was hired to provide mowing services for nuisance properties in the community. Bids were requested from six lawn-mowing contractors and T&D Handyman Services was the only firm returning a bid. The bid was for $25 per hour regardless of the number of employees working on the property. Sadler said the city pays the contractor and then bills the property owner to recoup the costs.

Nuisance mowing takes place when the grass or weeds are eight inches or taller. Sometimes the properties are abandoned, but some have owners who disregard city letters and mowing requests.

In other business, the council set May 19 at 5:30 p.m. as the date and time for a public hearing on a proposed budget amendment for the 2013-2014 city budget. A hearing was also set for May 19 for the proposed specifications, proposed form of contract and estimate of cost for the 2014 Control Systems Replacement Project for the Water Plant.