City looks for rent increase

33_fog9062MYSTIC VIEW  — An early morning fog settled in and gave us this mysterious look at the  Busch Ag Resources towers just outside of town. Fog can be considered a cloud at ground level. Like clouds, fog is made up of condensed water droplets which are the result of air being cooled to the point where it can no longer hold all the water vapor it contains.  I-O Photo by Buck Traxler




By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor

On a recommendation of the Blue Sky Villa (BSV) lease committee, the city council moved to increase the rent for BSV from $41,000 to $47,000 a year.

Readers will recall that Conrad acquired BSV from the USAF about 17 years ago and then leased the property to Horizon Lodge.

Over that period of time there have been only two rent increases.

The city had a light agenda, there being no building or zoning permits, water contracts or public comments.

Public Works Director Richard Anderson presented the council with an insurance recommendation for the new waste water plant which they accepted. City Finance Officer Agnes Fowler will begin working with the city’s insurance provider on a policy.

Chief Gary Dent reported that the department received 168 calls for the month of November.

In part there were three reported thefts, three rides home given, six domestic situations, four buildings found open and two felony arêtes, one in which a suspect pointed a pistol at an officer.

Monica Huffman gave a report to the council on youths serving community service for various offenses.

Currently she has seven individuals with time to serve, two youths under the age of 17 and five who are 18 years of age or older.

She noted that the average ticket is for 20 hours of community service although there are a few with longer hours to serve because they are repeat offenders.

To date, 52 young people have gone through the program completing a wide variety of work assignments.

The city council meets on the first and third Monday of each month in a regular session beginning at 7:30 p.m. in city hall. The public is always welcome to attend.