The Beloit City Council met last night with all councilor members present. All were complimentary of the final results of the work performed on Court Street between Mill and Hersey. They wished to extend their appreciation the City crews for prompt and high quality work.
City Manager Jason Rabe reviewed sales tax income for the past few years. In 2011 the city received $949,000 in sales tax revenue. In 2012 that amount rose to $1.2 million. In 2013 it rose to $1.3 million. In 2014 it was $1.3 million. 2015 saw a rise to $1.4 million. In 2015 the tax revenue dipped back to $1.3 million.
Discussions with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the EPA are continuing as they try to find common ground on how to best provide cleaner and safer drinking water for the citizens of Beloit.
The East Main project in on an uptick. The contractor has most of his crew and machinery on site. They are pouring curbs, guttering and driveway entrances. If the weather cooperates, they expect to make headway on catching up with the schedule which is supposed to see completion of the project by late July.
Rabe displayed photos and discussed the status of storm water drainage in the downtown area. The system is quite old but is doing an adequate job. It is in some need of attention, but it is not critical at this time.
Rabe said the Electrical Department is working to put technology to work to help solve short term electrical outages. Some of these are caused by animals or limbs. Though the contact is usually only of a short term duration, the system is shut down until it is reset. They are hoping to find a technological solution to reset those short term interruptions quickly.
Tammy Kimminau of Solomon Valley Transportation program appeared accompanied by Harold Heidrick, President of the SVT Board of Directors. They thanked the Council for its strong support of the SVT program which fills a big void in the transportation needs in North Central Kansas.
In their first year of its existence, SVT traveled over 69,000 miles and served over 4,900 passengers. From July of 2015 through May of 2017, SVT vehicles traveled over 154,000 miles and served over 8,000 passengers. These trips include medical appointments, shopping for daily necessities, and entertainment opportunities otherwise unavailable without the service.
Kimminau asked the Council to consider maintaining or increasing their funding of the program. She believes there continues to be large unmet need for public transporation in our area.
The Kansas Department of Transportation has become involved with the Safe Routes To School Program, which is considered a mixed bag. The positive is the amount of money available is greatly expanded with KDOT’s involvement. The down side is the slow speed with which KDOT programs tend to progress due to additional regulations and short-staffing. The Council approved a Resolution in support of the Safe Routes to School Program.
A request for LED Street lights was submitted by Steve Krier and Allen Mong. LED light are much more energy efficient that traditional bulbs. The Council approved a bid from Kriz-Davis for 100 LED Street lights in the amount of $10,795.75.
The council accepted a bid from Bridgewell for 12 treated wooden utility poles at a cost of $13,372. They accepted a separate bid from Kriz-Davis for 15 poles at a cost of $11,146.
The council also appointed Alice Jennings to the Library Board.
Due to Independence Day falling on the next regular council meeting date, the meeting will be held on Monday, July 3.