Tennis court improvements proposed
Mayor Deb Nolan announced that the city has received an anonymous $10,000 donation to cover the cost of resurfacing the tennis court.
The donor has requested that a six-foot fence be erected between the tennis and basketball courts. The donor also requested more lighting and that signs are posted indicating that the tennis court is off limit to bikes and skateboards.
The cost of resurfacing is estimated at $9,200, according to Mike Frazier, chair of the Improvements and Services Committee.
Frank Jaeger, director of Public Works, noted there is $7,500 in the park budget that can be used for fencing. He is currently getting estimates for the lighting.
He also reported there are 10-foot-high fences on the north and south sides of the tennis court, with an eight-foot-high fence in the center. There are four unlocked gates.
Jaeger said he told the donor that the locking "is not going to happen" because it is a public park.
As far as signage, Jaeger said there are already signs banning bicycles and skateboards from the courts. He agreed to also put signs on each of the four gates.
The donors had requested that the work be finished by July 31, but Frazier informed them that it may not be completed until next year.
Sewer rate increase
Mike Lensmire, of Clifton/Larson/Allen, presented the 2011 city audit report.
The report was good, with Lensmire suggesting that the city raise sewer rates by a small percent every year.
"You need to work to make water and sewer self sufficient and able to pay back the general fund," he said.
The water utility showed a $31,000 profit in 2011 after a first quarter water rate increase, Lensmire noted. This was compared to a $35,000 loss in 2010.
He reported the sewer utility had a $32,000 loss in 2011 and a $40,000 loss the previous year.
Lensmire concluded that the sewer rate increase should begin in 2012, and water rates be increased every two years.
Unlike the water utility, sewer rates are not state regulated, he noted.
City Clerk Cheryl Hass noted that the city will have a debt retirement paid off in 2015 for the sewer plant, which will help add to the utility revenue.
Lensmire also reported that the city of Manawa has a $3.7 million borrowing capacity, with a current $1.2 million borrowed.
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