Meeting Date: December 6, 2021
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Truth In Taxation / 2022 Budget & Levy: The City Council held its annual Truth In Taxation public hearing on Monday, which provides an opportunity for property owners to ask questions and share feedback regarding the proposed 2022 Budget & Levy. Although the City Council does not take any formal action during the hearing, property owner feedback and perspectives are considered prior to the adoption of the final budget and levy. The City Council will consider final action to adopt the 2022 Budget and Levy at their Monday, December 20 meeting. Information on the City’s proposed 2022 Budget & Levy can be found by visiting the Resident’s 2022 Budget Guide on the City’s website.
Ironwood Park Expansion: The City Council authorized the City Engineer to begin preparing plans and specifications for an improvement project to Ironwood Park. Located just west of Carver Elementary, improvements to Ironwood Park include a skate park, full-sized basketball court, trails, park pavilion, and an outdoor classroom space. The project is planned to be bid this winter, with construction anticipated to begin in the summer of 2022. For more information on the Ironwood Park Improvement Project, please click this link.
Snow & Ice Removal Policy: An update to the City’s Snow and Ice Removal Policy was approved by the City Council at Monday’s meeting. The policy identifies plow routes and priorities for streets and trails within the community, as well as best practices and processes used by personnel in the Public Services Department to complete the work. As an example, snow removal and ice control begin under some of the following conditions:
- Snow accumulation of two (2) inches.
- Snowfall under two (2) inches may warrant commencement of partial or full plowing operations to minimize ice and snow pack and help reduce salt usage.
- Drifting of snow may warrant commencement of partial or full plowing operations depending upon conditions.
- Icing of pavements may warrant partial or full plowing operations depending on extent and conditions.
Street Sign and Pavement Marking Policy: The City Council adopted its first Street Sign and Pavement Marking Policy. For the most part the City has handled sign requests on a case by case basis, however, the frequency and complexity of these types of requests have increased over the last few years. The new Street Sign and Pavement Marking Policy will be administered by the City Engineer. In connection with the policy adoption, the City will no longer be installing “Children At Play” and “Slow Children” signs throughout the community. In addition, existing signs of this type in the City will start to be removed by May 1, 2022. “Children At Play” and “Slow Children” signage have not been proven to increase safety conditions and implies to drivers that children are in certain neighborhoods and not others.