Chautauqua Isle of Lights report presented
Chautaqua Isle of Lights President Michele Heidrick was available at Tuesday's city council meeting to issue a summery report on this years activities. After giving praise and thank you's to the many volunteers who, year after year, make the event a holiday destination for many people each year.
Heidrick recognized the help by the college students stating that when her group served the students breakfast they had never heard so many thank you's at one time. The seventh and eighth grade students and their sponsors also provided critical help. As always the City of Beloit crews were on hand to provide assistance in many ways.
During the 2018 season, 3,582 cars went through the Isle of Lights carrying 12,636 people. These people came from 189 towns, 35 states and 11 foreign countries. Beloit was the leading town with 4,483 visitors. Other top communities included Concordia at 827, Osborne at 380, Lincoln at 364, Mankato at 306, and Glen Elder with 298. The leading foreign countries were Africa and Germany with five each.
The 2019 contract for the Chautauqua Isle of Lights was unanimously approved. Board members include Ray Conway, Ruth Bell, Michele Heidrick, Charles and Barbara Axtell, Terry Nyberg, Bob Gibbens, Glada Cooper and Bob Severance, Roger Krier, Susan and Butch Pontow.
Mike (Click) Clark gave the council an update on transportation related activities, saying the crews are busy refurbishing and repairing equipment which keeps them busy every day. Recently, they have been retrofitting a chip spreader to be used on the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) dump truck they purchased last year. Crews are also busy trimming trees throughout the city. A lot of potholes are in need of repair and work on West Court and West Main streets are being planned when weather makes it possible.
An ordinance for a Ducks Unlimited gathering was approved.
The customary waiver for the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) accounting procedure was also approved, which is a collection of commonly followed accounting rules and standards for financial reporting. The GAAP provides a standardized methodology for recurring transactions and events that impact the financial position of a company. Small business leaders can use this set of accounting standards at track and improve financial performance.
The council voted to terminate the lease agreement for the 128 acres of farm ground adjacent to the sewer plant.
A fee schedule for 2019 was approved.
A 10 minute executive session was held for the purpose of discussing attorney-client information. No action was taken as a result of that closed session
A very brief meeting of the Public Building Commission was held with no action taken.
Having addressed all items on the agenda the meeting was adjourned. All councilors and Mayor Tom Naasz were present as was the City Clerk Mandy Lomax. Absent from the proceedings were City Manager Jason Rabe and City Attorney Katie Schroeder.