At the April 13 meeting of the Keewatin City Council, officials heard from Range Association of Municipalities and Schools (RAMS) Executive Director Steve Giorgi, who provided an overview of recent activities.
Giorgi noted that there are currently 46 public entities that are members of the organization, which seeks to promote the interests of cities, townships and school districts located in the Taconite Tax Relief Area.
Local Government Aid would be a key focus of the organization for the remainder of the legislative session. RAMS is in the process of lobbying lawmakers in St. Paul to have LGA restored to 2002 levels.
Although Keewatin hadn’t been a member of RAMS for a couple of years, following Giorgi’s presentation, councilors opted to rejoin at a cost of $450 for the remainder of 2016.
“Since you’ve taken over (RAMS) I’ve heard some very good things from other mayors and public officials,” Mayor Bill King told Giorgi.
In other business, the council:
• Appointed Deputy Clerk Susan Thronson as the new Wellhead Manager.
• Discussed possible rate changes for the city’s public utilities. The council will schedule a work session at a future date to further review the matter.
• Authorized Susan Thronson to attend an IRRRB listening session.
• Scheduled a public hearing for April 27 to discuss a compliance issue with the city’s zoning ordinance.
• Authorized city funds be used to cover a $2,000 shortfall to finish the playground project at the ball field.
• Authorized the sale of community center tiles as a fundraiser for the project.
• Approved a non-degradation review by Stantec at a cost not to exceed $9,900.