Aldermen approve proclamation, discuss annexation request

Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Concordia Mayor Michael Brown signs a proclamation declaring Friday, May 24, as Buddy Poppy Day in Concordia. The day is sponsored locally by VFW Post No. 5649 and VFW Auxiliary Post No. 5649, and focuses on showing gratitude for the men and women of our country who have risked their lives in defense of the freedoms we have as American citizens.
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During the May 6 regular meeting of the Concordia Board of Aldermen, board members approved a proclamation and discussed a request for annexation from a local resident.

Mayor Michael Brown read and signed a proclamation declaring Friday, May 24, as Buddy Poppy Day in the city of Concordia. The proclamation reads, in part: “I urge citizens to contribute a donation to the VFW Post No. 5649 and VFW Auxiliary Post No. 5649, and to wear a Buddy Poppy as evidence of gratitude to the men and women of this country who have risked their lives in defense of the freedoms which we continue to enjoy as American citizens.” The proclamation was approved unanimously.

The board heard a request by Steve Knight to begin annexation of land (approximately 5.5 acres) into the city limits of Concordia. Knight was also scheduled to meet with the Concordia R-2 Board of Education the following day to discuss the possible purchase by the district of a 2.5-acre parcel of land connected to the parcel being discussed for annexation. Kyle Knight is looking to buy three acres to the south of this property, attach it to his original property, and build an accessory building and eventually a house.
The board scheduled a public hearing regarding the annexation for 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, in Room 202 of the Concordia Community Building. The public is invited to attend.

Discussion was held concerning the purchase or lease/purchase of a new Cub Cadet lawn mower. City Administrator Dale Klussman reviewed a presentation he had put together with comparisons between purchase and lease/purchase. It was also noted that one of the city’s mowers is 20 years old and the other is increasing in hours of use, which will impact its trade-in value.
Following the presentation and a demo of the mower, Alderman Ken Fuchs asked if it might be better to wait until the next fiscal year, or to buy the mower outright and avoid paying the finance charges related to the lease/purchase plan.
A motion was made and approved unanimously to purchase the Cub Cadet Pro Z 972 SD outright from Lafayette County Truck & Tractor at a cost of $12,799.

During the meeting, the board was scheduled to open bids for sidewalk work in Central Park. However, no bids had been turned in. Klussman said one contractor had been interested, but had lost interest when he found the request-for-bid called for aggregate rock to be used. Alderman Rob Hemme said he felt it was not necessary to make the sidewalk out of aggregate, as it is a connecting sidewalk between two shelters. He added that the pads the shelters rest on are concrete, and there already are three different colors of aggregate throughout Central Park.
The board voted to discuss the requirement for aggregate on the park’s sidewalks with the Parks Committee before moving forward.

In other business, the board voted unanimously to establish an Employees’ Benefit Committee as an ad-hoc committee of city employees to define employee benefits offered by the city of Concordia, and to establish financial feasibility in the delivery of said benefits.

During his report to the board, Mayor Brown noted that City Clerk Susan Flandermeyer had received the Registered City Clerk Award and the city will hold a formal recognition in June.

The board also:
— Approved a request from St. Paul’s Elementary School to close SE 5th Street from Main Street to Orange Street, for the school’s spring program, from the morning of Monday, May 20, until approximately 10 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21.
— Approved a request from the American Legion Post No. 258 for permission to place crosses in Central Park from May 18 through May 28.
— Approved a request from Concordia Main Street Committee to host a Movie in The Park event at 8:30 p.m. June 14 in Central Park. If well attended, the committee would like to make this an annual event.
— Approved Mayor Brown’s recommendations for aldermen liaison appointments as follows: Alderman Dwight Emde – Lake Board and Parks Board; Alderman Kaleb Nierman – Tourism; Alderman Rob Hemme – Planning and Zoning, and Insurance ad hoc committee; and Alderman Ken Fuchs – Communication and Museum.

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