At a meeting this week, the Stanhope City Council briefly discussed the proposed 2013-14 operating budget. Clerk Ron McKenzie recommended that the budget should be similar to the current budget for 2012-13, with the exception of the new electric wholesale purchase agreement that will hopefully be worked out. As was approved at the last regular meeting, all appropriations to supported groups and organizations will remain at the current level,with the exception of those that are figured on a per-capital level. The matter of the preparation of the 2013-14 operating budget will be placed upon the next several agendas for continuing discussion and input.
The Stanhope City Council learned that the repaving of Iowa Highway 17 through Stanhope will be completed during the summer of 2014. The work will consist of a three inch asphalt overlay. The city will be responsible for raising all manholes and for any intake repair and retrofitting and for the asphalt where it is 51 inches. The area affected would be from Railway Street to Park Street. The D.O.T. will update ADA pedestrian ramps along Highway 17 through Stanhope at no cost to the city. The estimate for the city's portion of the resurfacing is 33% of the total cost or $45,000 with three installments of $15,000 per year beginning with the first payment due July 1,2015. This figure does not include the additional costs for the manhole raising and intake repair and retrofitting.
The clerk was directed to check on the dog and other animal leash laws in neighboring communities and report his findings to see if Stanhope's current ordinance can be improved.
Stanhope Public Works director Tad Stupp met with the council in regards to an issue with the Iowa Rural Water Association brining a camera to the community. The camera will be used as a way to improve drainage in the 800 block of Iowa Street on the south side of the street. Harris Company will work with the city of Stanhope to get an accurate cost estimate for the planned work. It was reported that two small sink holes near the pavement on Main Street are most likely as a result of the extreme drought being experienced. Mayor Harold Hove suggested that the city consider resubmitting the old brush burn pile site behind the Maintenance Facility at 160 Parker Street to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for re-consideration.