Six things to know Traer City Council

1. The Traer city council met Monday, Feb. 1 for their monthly meeting. Currently the 2022 fiscal year budget work is underway. The council discussed where things currently stand and there was one big change. The city has added $850,000 in capital street projects. The timeline for the street project is set to begin in 2022 and wrap up in 2026.

Nate Summers from DA Davidson, was present via telephone, to give the council more information on the financing of this project. According to Summers the city is sitting in a good position to tackle these projects as many previous debts are being paid off this June (FY21). The council agreed the projects are necessary, and will work with engineers to nail down an exact plan.

The next step in the budgeting schedule is to publish a public notice on the “Maximum Levy Hearing”. The “Maximum Levy Hearing” will take place Monday, March 1 at 7 p.m.

2. Council member Steve Foster informed the council that the February meeting would be his last meeting as he has plans to relocate.

The council will be appointing someone at the next meeting. Foster’s seat will be on the November 2021 ballot so the appointed council member will fill in until December 2021.

3. A public hearing was held regarding the sale of the Lion’s club lot to Eildert Properties, LLC. No verbal or written objections were heard or read. The council voted unanimously to approve the resolution and sale of property.

4. The council approved an offer from Midwest Development to purchase Lot 40 in the Prairie West addition for $28,000. A public hearing will be held Monday, March 1 at 7 p.m.

5. Diane Panfil recently took over as the Librarian position for the Traer Public Library. Panfil had been serving on the library board which she will no longer be able to do. Mayor Holdon nominated Teresa O-Meara to take Panfil’s place on the board.

6. The council heard reports from department heads. Chairman Kennedy let the council know that she’s starting to think about the pool and staffing. She’s currently looking into classes that are being offered to get staff certifications done.