Permit fees top council business

26_award_1275SPECIAL CERTIFICATE  —  From the left, Councilman and Park/Rec. Board President Sandy Syvertson and Rich Anderson, Public Works Director present a special certificate of  appreciation to Kenny Newmiller who has retired from the board. He served the city on the Park/Rec board for 31 years. A certificate will also be presented to Randy Hofstad who has retired, but was not able to attend the Monday council meeting.

I-O Photo by Buck Traxler



By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor

If you are planning on putting in that new deck, adding fencing or new windows, you may want to get a building permit before fees go up.

There was discussion at a public hearing portion of the Monday meeting with no one from the public in attendance to comment.

Fees will be acted on with a resolution at the next council meeting on Nov. 7 at city hall.

One change will be in siding and re-roofing. Currently there is no charge for this, but it was found out the city should be charging a flat fee of $25.

Commercial mechanical fees will also be going up. For example, if a system costs between $10,001 to $50,000 the permit fee will be $174 for the first $1,000 plus $9 for each additional $1,000 or fraction of.


A complete schedule to be acted on is available for review at city hall during normal working hours. It is recommended you call ahead to see the upcoming changes.


Also tabled, for more information, was an adjustment of water rates.

Water rates have not been adjusted since 2007. Presently the water fund is short on funds to cover debt service.

A special certificate of appreciation was presented to Kenny Newmiller who has retired from the Park/Rec. board. He served the city on that board for 31 years. His certificate was presented by Alderman Sandy Syvertson and Public Works Director Rich Anderson.

A certificate will also be presented to Randy Hofstad who was not able to attend the Monday meeting.

Building permits were issued to residents at 7 N. Maryland for a home addition and another at 9 N. Wisconsin.

Council members accepted Finance Officer Agnes Fowler’s monthly report and also approved a request to close city hall the day after Thanksgiving on Nov. 25.

The council passed a request for one free day at Norley Hall for MMIA for government training. Mayor Wendy Judisch commented that, “This is good training.” MMIA will have use of Norley Hall on Dec. 12. This is the last free-day use for the city to utilize Norley Hall for this year.

Aldermen tabled two other items, one being action on the Blue Sky Villa lease and the other was discussion on expansion and/or remodeling of city hall.

The next regular meeting of the council will be on Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m. in city hall, 411-1/2 S. Main.

The public is always encouraged to come and see their government in action.