The Dysart City Council met in special session on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 in City Hall at 7 p.m. All members were present.
The council held the meeting to approve the city wages for the upcoming fiscal year. Salary for full-time ambulance personnel was raised by just two percent, based upon a recommendation by Ambulance Director Steve Weekley, who wanted to keep things in line with his budget, which is already set.
The base salary for Roxanne Schneider was increased to $53,000 per year, after council member Wankowicz brought discussion to the floor stating she deserved recognition for her hard work for the city. A second was made by Brandt, and the motion passed unanimously.
The remainder of city employees will receive a three percent raise according to Resolution No. 2012-16 for the 2012-13 fiscal year.
The council also addressed the installation of traffic control signs at several intersections around town, at the recommendation of Police Chief Jason Dunagan and several citizens. While Dunagan was not present at this meeting, he brought a list of locations to the last council meeting after members requested he look at traffic patterns and come up with corners that could use signs.
There was much back and forth on the signs, as some members felt it necessary and others had more hesitation about installing stop signs at so many additional corners. Mayor Thiele was in support of placing stop signs at many of the recommended corners, and council member Brandt said he would support the resolution, but wanted his concern to be noted that there would be too many signs and it would create a hassle of stop-and-go driving.
The final list of traffic control signs was approved unanimously, and is as follows:
Traffic traveling west on Park Street shall stop at South Main Street. Traffic traveling east on Park shall also stop at South Main.
Traffic going west on Park shall stop at Tilford Street, with eastbound traffic on Park also stopping at Tilford.
Traffic traveling north on Crisman Street will now stop at Park Street, along with southbound Crisman traffic at Park.
Traffic traveling south on South Main Street shall yield at Blaine Street. Traffic traveling south on Crisman Street, and traffic traveling south on Tilford Street, shall both yield at Blaine as well.
Traffic traveling east on Iowa Street shall stop at Crisman Street.
Resolution 2012-17 approved the placement of these traffic control signs, which the city will begin installing in the near future.
In other business, one air conditioning unit at the Community Building is not working, and it was recommeded that the unit be replaced at a cost of about $2,600. The council approved a motion to replace the unit.
Council member Brandt brought forth a concern about an abandoned house on Tilford Street, and council member Zeien also brought up an abandoned structure. The city has mailed out letters to the property owners and will be taking more aggressive action if improvements are not made to the properties.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Dysart City Council will be Wednesday, July 11, at 7 p.m.