The Garland City Council swore in a new city council member Wednesday. The mayor and council made a decision to appoint Don Koyle to replace Council member Dan Bowcutt as a council member.
The council thanked Bowcutt for his service, which included the load of planning and executing Wheat and Beet years last year in the midst of a family crisis, when his baby was born prematurely. Koyle’s responsibilities will include overseeing the library as well as the town’s Wheat and Beet Day Celebration.
In addition to that appointment, the council unanimously approved Mark Riley as a new planning and zoning member.
Road improvement will soon begin in a cul de sac north of the new elementary school on 200 West. “We’re having to do about a third of the way down that street. We’re just paving the lanes… so that the water will run down into the drain, instead of puddling in it,” the mayor said. “Third west the sidewalk and curb are done… They’ll start paving the playground at the school and then move out into the roads [on Tuesday].”
“I think the [elementary] school is an asset,” Bennett said. However, Bennett wants the school district to understand the financial burden it has been to upgrade roads in preparation for the school opening this year.
“I am going to sit down with the school and the construction person. They’ve kind of given me a hard time on some things” The mayor is planning on compiling the amounts that Garland has spent on roads in order to show the school district the financial impact it has had on the city.
“I want to show them the expenses Garland has put out in order to make that school work,” Bennett said. Previously, the district has stated that they would not reimburse the city with impact fees for the roads and improvements, he said.
“We’ve finished paying for the new mosquito abatement building and that’s going to save the taxpayers approximately a half million dollars in taxes,” Council member Fred Christensen reported.
On a sourer note, Bennett reported water damage at the library this last month. The valves in the radiators of the boilers leaked and damaged some older books that were being stored, requiring that the carpets had to be pulled out. As a result, the city is seeking bids on a new furnace for the library.
Seven applications have been received for the new head librarian position, Bennett said. Next, the library board will review the resumes and then pass them on to the city council for a final decision.
The mayor stated that he and the acting city librarian, Torie Rhodes, realized that the library has neglected to spend some CLEF grant money. Deadline for spending the money was the end of June and so far only a third of it had been spent. After talking with state officials Bennett said the officials were not concerned, but counseled the city to spend the money right away and according to the guidelines.
Council member Gary Shaw reported the Bear River water level is down. “We didn’t spend any of the money that we anticipated [on flooding],” he said. In addition, Shaw added, the drain was not installed yet.
Bennett said he recently had a sales lady showing him a new valve which could help alleviate flooding in the future. He stated the new valve has a 99% seal rate and “will cost $1,000 or so to put it on,” he said.