It was a packed-house at the Monday night session for Napoleon Council, with discussion about recreation fees, the performance audit of city operations, and the mayor’s state of the city address. The audience included representatives from the police and fire departments; along with city residents. None of the visitors addressed the Napoleon Council; and no action was taken on the issue of the performance audit, other than to set-up a special council session for more dialogue on the subject. That meeting will be next Tuesday, February 12th at at city hall.
Napoleon Council unanimously passed the third and final reading for an ordinance to create participation fees in many recreation programs for the first time. This action was taken to keep the recreation budget from utilizing general fund city dollars to operate.
A first reading was approved on new legislation to issue notes at 2.5 million dollars to help finance three things: the first is to pay for engineering for the new water treatment plant, some of the money will go for a pilot project to test which membrane will work best for Napoleon’s water plant, and the remaining money will help with any emergency repairs on the current plant.
Napoleon Council awarded the Haley Avenue interceptor sewer project to Vern Nagel Construction at just over $860,000. That figure is somewhat higher than the engineer’s estimate.
Council approved specs for two new patrol cars needed at the Napoleon Police Department.
And the law director was authorized to review the ordinance for payment of services to include onsite credit and debit cards. The Napoleon law director will also be bringing legislation forward concerning a slight increase in fees for EMS runs, as recommended by the safety and human resources committee. Napoleon Council went into executive session to discuss compensation of personnel; but no action was taken.