Five things to know from the Feb. 1 Reinbeck Council meeting

1. The council held a public hearing on the proposed property tax levy for the 2022 fiscal year. Regular taxable valuation is going from $58,667,839 throughout all of Reinbeck to 60,443,886 for the 2021-22 fiscal year.

The total tax levy rate has dropped nine cents from 2020-21 but the total tax levy has increased 2.26% due to insurance, employee benefits, community center repairs and the emergency fund to support the general fund. The council received no written or verbal comments regarding the max tax levy and approved the resolution for the FY2022 Maximum Property Tax Dollars in the amount of $11.90380.

Later in the meeting the council discussed putting a capital projects levy on the November ballot. This would be .67500 of taxable valuation that would be used for capital projects. This would help reduce the need to borrow money for projects and would also cut down on interest payments. City Clerk Julie Wilkerson will get more information from the Grundy County Auditor and report back.

2. Debbie Reynolds with KWWL/OnMedia presented the council with her goals for the 2021 advertising year using commercials and OTT streaming.

Reynolds wants to focus on business & industry growth by illustrating Reinbeck’s Main Street to fill building vacancies and revitalize buildings as well as recruit new residents and promote Reinbeck’s local events and celebrations. It was discussed to focus on RTU’s internet speed as well as to consider incentives.

3. A bid was received from the G-R Boosters for remodeling the bathrooms at the high school baseball field in the amount of $15,981.65.

The boosters would like the city to pay for half of the remodel. The council discussed that the city employees could do all the plumbing. The school should have received an insurance claim on the building as the city did not report it under their derecho claim. The G-R boosters will present an itemized estimate and bring it to the next city council meeting on March 1.

4. The council received a bid from SAM, LLC for $3,015 to provide digital map layer development for the cemetery. The project will include integrating the newly developed map into the city’s existing GIS program.

5. The council approved two resolutions. The first being a resolution approving completion of LMI Project #2020-01 which includes installation of siding, soffit, gutters and windows at a total cost of $10,000. A deed restriction for the LMI Project was also approved.

The second resolution approved was for the transfer of funds to pay upcoming obligations.

In other council business

• mowing and spraying requests for proposals will be sent to the same companies as last year. The cemetery spraying will not include fertilizer

• The park CD and the city CD were both approved for another 90 days. Two library CD’s were also approved for renewal.

• A budget hearing was set for March 1 at 5:30 p.m.

• Anthony Djuren’s band was approved to play at the Memorial Building March 20 as long as state mandates are followed. Djuren is expecting between 75-100 patrons. He also plans to use the Legion Room bar.

• The city’s purchasing policies and procedures were approved.

• The city’s PII and PPII requirements to Federal Awards Policy was approved.

• The city’s fraud reporting policy was approved.

• The council approved the certification of lien for unpaid utility charges of $305.84.

• The property at 113 Clark has been sold. The owners are working on fixing up the property which they hope to be completed with sometime this summer.