The Glasgow City Council voted to reduce the property tax bill for the Glasgow High School Educational Trust. At the regular meeting May 16, council members decided to adjust the taxes as they have for some other properties with frontage on U.S. 2.
The old tax of $9,592.98, based on square footage of land, was reduced to $7,225.86, using a new figure based on the highway frontage of the property. The new rate will begin in the next tax year.
In other business, the Council opened two bids from two banks for the city repurchase agreement. First Community Bank bid .70 percent above the U.S. Treasury bill. Wells Fargo bid .75 percent above the Treasuries. The Council took these bids under advisement.
The Council authorized the publication of an invitation to bid for fuel. The current fuel contract for city vehicles expires on June 30.
T&R Trucking requested and was granted reimbursement for high fuel costs.
The Council accepted the resignation of Carol Cotton from the City-County Library Board. She is moving to Billings. The board now needs a new member who is a resident of Glasgow.
Deb Swanson said that Sunnyside Golf Course has taken the steps the Council requested in order to lease city land across Skylark Road from the course for a driving range. Interstate Engineering will send a letter to the Council describing safety measures needed at the crossing, including a rumble strip near the road for the visually impaired. The land is being surveyed by Mike Kaiser. The golf course is trying to find a copy of the city’s lease agreement with the trap club, which would be similar to what they need.
Roads and parks foreman John Peterson said his crew is sweeping streets, now that flood waters are down. Some of the patches they had to make were in wet potholes and the patches came out. These will be replaced when the hot mix plant is fired up.
The city pumped water out of Home Run Pond, which was covered by the flood at Sullivan Park. They will coordinate with Fish, Wildlife and Parks on the small amount of repair that is needed.
Bob Kompel, the director of public works, said he was informed that FEMA representatives are coming to Glasgow in a week or two to assess flood damage to infrastructure. The city has held off on some repairs to make sure they are done correctly to qualify for reimbursement, if possible.
After the regular meeting, an engineer addressed a progress meeting on the sewer lagoon project. Work that was planned for last fall was stymied by the early snow that lasted and piled up all winter. Now the city is facing Department of Environmental Quality deadlines to have the project operational, cleaning up the effluents that are discharged into the Milk River.