LANCASTER CITY COUNCIL
The Lancaster City Council met for a special
meeting on Wednesday, November 19, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in the City
Hall. The following
members were present: Mayor Olson, Barron, Nordin and Hilman. Stenquest was sbsent.
The purpose for the special meeting was to
discuss annual fire contracts with the townships that the Lancaster
Fire Department serves.
Olson reviewed the 2014 budget and the income statements for
the previous 3 years.
Olson reported that at this time the Fire fund balance as of
10/31/2013 is $46,060.45 and there is a loan of $60,000.00 owed to
USDA for the new fire truck.
Olson also reported that the city purchased a fire truck and
equipment costing $233,086.62 in 2013. The group reviewed financial
information for the last 3 years.
Olson reported that the fire department is in
need of a cold storage building for equipment storage and various
options of existing and new buildings were discussed.
Olson reviewed a proposed 2014 fire contract
schedule based on the current fire contract prorate agreement but
proposed that the increase on total township contracts amounts would
be increased 5% per year over the previous year’s total township
contract amount for the years 2014-2016. The pro rata share would be
based upon each township’s January 1 estimated market value in each
year of the 3 years covered under the agreement. There will be small
changes to the schedule each year as the Estimated Market Values
change for each township.
Olson opened the meeting for discussion and the townships
asked to be able to bring this information back to their next
township meetings and get back to the city clerk prior to
January 1, 2014 if this proposal is not acceptable.
The council will table the township contract
renewals until there January 2014 meeting.
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