City and Manawa Lions to split costs
By Jane Myhra
The Manawa Common Council and the Manawa Lions Club reached a compromise regarding police coverage for rodeo weekend.
At the council’s March 21 meeting, Mayor John Smith reported on a recent meeting with the Lions Club. In attendance were Little Wolf Town Chairman Al Moede, Manawa Police Chief Jim Gorman, Smith and Lions Connie Klotzbuecher, Pete Ziebell and Annette Ziebell.
The agreement is the city will pay for its regular officer on duty that weekend, and the rodeo will pay for any county police protection. The two entities will split 50/50 any extra officers the police chief needs on that weekend.
There will be a yearly review of the agreement.
The council agreed to request a meeting with Kolbe & Kolbe Properties regarding development agreement with city engineer and financial advisers. City Clerk Cheryl Hass was instructed to contact Ehlers and Cedar Corp to set up a meeting at 4 p.m. Monday, April 11, to discuss Kolbe & Kolbe financing in the TIF district.
Mary Eck reported the fire board interviewed candidates for the secretary position and chose a candidate, pending a background check.
She also reported that the Downtown Revitalization Committee is working on bench placement in the business district again this summer, the July car shows and Connect Communities.
Gorman introduced candidates for the part-time officer position – Jacob Noffke, Anna Ramirez and Casey Fields. Each presented information about themselves, including professional education, experience and their desire to be part of the police profession.
The council approved a six-month Class B beer license for Manawa Coaches’ Club, at Lindsay Park Baseball Field.
Operator’s licenses were approved for Carey Celske, Anthony Drath and Tammie McGlin.
Smith recognized Ellen Connor for 27 years of service at the library and Mark Hass for six years of service to city.
Library board representative Alice M. Brown reported that the fire alarm system has been installed, and the library is working on security camera installation.
Hass noted she is working on a request to possibly abandon an old proposed street on First Street, off of West Howard Street.
The council set the Board of Review for May 16 during the hours of 3:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m., with the Open Book for April 29 from 10 a.m. to noon.