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City hopes to recover Shopko past due utilities

All members were in agreement, during the Beloit City Council regular bi-weekly meeting on Tuesday night, that the City Street crews continue to do an excellent job of clearing the streets after this winter’s snowfall.

This allows the folks of our town a more safe way to get to work and school after big snowfalls.

Katie Schroeder, City Attorney, said she is working on the details of the Shopko bankruptcy. She is hopeful that the city can recover some of the past due utility bills owed by Shopko. When Alco declared bankruptcy and closed down, the city was unable to recover none of their past due utility bills.

Schroeder is also working on an agreement between the city and the school district relating to the baseball and softball field. She hopes they can delineate the details of who does what in relation to maintenance and upkeep. Currently it is a little cloudy about who has responsibility for what.

City Manager Jason Rabe said they continue to work diligently on water compliance in regard to EPA standards. The EPA is very watchful on the testing done on the water compliance. He also said the sales tax receipts continue to lag behind current years slightly. This may reflect the status of the economy and people’s adopting new shopping patterns with internet vendors.

Solomon Valley Economic Development Director Heather Hartman reported that the Bower’s application for a GMC franchise for the Beloit Motors dealership has been approved by GM. This means the dealership in downtown Beloit should continue well into the future. Additionally, Hartman said Becker Motors and Trailers will have a ribbon cutting ceremony soon to officially open the expansion to their business. Hartman said that it is official that the Beloit will host three interns this summer to help in various capacities with the City and the Economic Development department.

The Council passed three new City Ordinances:

2243 – A new cereal malt beverage ordinance

2244 – Public consumption of cereal malt beverages and special event licenses

2245 – Regulation of small cell devices

A Construction Demolition Block Grant Agreement was passed. Hartman said it looks as if there will be more renovation than demolition projects this time around.

All councilors were present as well as Mayor Tom Naasz, Jason Rabe, Katie Schroeder, and Amanda Lomax, City Clerk.

Beloit Call

P.O. Box 309, Concordia, Ks. 66901

Phone: 785-738-3537