Elmo Mayor Kirk Rasmussen opened the recent town council meeting by welcoming everyone, and informing them of updates on the fire station project.
He stated that the soil sample results are expected very soon, following which they will be given to the architect. The architect is on schedule and waiting for the soil sample results. These results will then be passed to the structural engineer.
Mayor Rasmussen also stated that he will be talking with Keith Burnett from the Permanent Community Impact Board this week. They will discuss the details of the grant and loan for the fire station project.
Three business licenses were approved during the council meeting. The first was for a photography business and the second was for a window tinting/auto detailing business. The final business license was for an in home dog kennel business.
Mayor Rasmussen informed the council that Jamie Jensen has assisted Elmo with a grant application to the state historical society for improvements for the cemetery. A letter has been signed stating that Elmo Town is still interested in the grant.
Chad and Cassie Lake addressed the council with a concern about the cemetery. The Lakes proposed to open and close any graves that are needed with a rented backhoe. In the past, the town has depended on Cleveland workers for the service, and the Lakes feel it is in Elmo's best interest to take on that responsibility. "We feel we can do this work more efficiently for Elmo," said the Lakes. This action was approved by the Elmo Town Council.
Mayor Rasmussen stated he is still in the process of investigating payment for council members. "I have put together a plan where each council member would receive $20 a month for their efforts and attendance. This would add approximately 90 cents to each bill in town. With about 130 hook-ups, we can probably handle $20 each. This would be just a little added incentive for those serving Elmo," stated Mayor Rasmussen. He instructed the council to consider this idea for the next month and come prepared with a decision to the next city council meeting. If the council is in favor of this idea, a public hearing would need to be scheduled.
Mayor Rasmussen presented a portion of the public meeting training that is needed each month. "Our meetings will be recorded each month now, and this will be in addition to Delena's written record. We also are required to have printed agendas available at each meeting. You will notice on the agenda that an executive session is listed. New regulations state that a council cannot hold an executive session if it is not listed on the agenda, so we will add it to the agenda each month. One final thing is that if an item is not on the printed agenda, we cannot take action on it," concluded Mayor Rasmussen.
Councilman Clark Atwood announced an insurance rating inspection is coming. "Since Elmo's fire department split from Cleveland, we are required to have our own rating. An inspection is coming on Aug. 21 to do the inspection of our fire department. This will affect all property owners in Elmo as this rating is what sets their fire insurance premiums. The inspection will look at our firemen, their training, our equipment and other items. In addition, all the fire hydrants in Elmo will be tested," said Councilman Atwood.
Councilman Atwood also announced the fire department has received an $11,000 grant to purchase pagers, hoses, radios and other equipment for the fire department. This grant is coming from the state forestry department. He added he is very hopeful for another grant also.
Delena Fish, Elmo recorder, presented minutes from May and June for ratification. Due to not having a quorum during those months, the things that were decided needed to be ratified by the council. All previous decisions were approved and ratified.
Mayor Rasmussen announced the chip seal project on the town's streets would begin during the next few days. The next Elmo Town council meeting will be held Aug. 22 at 7:30 p.m.