February brought bright sun and short-sleeve weather to Iowa for the first time this year. It was a good moment to thank Lone Tree snow removal crews who dealt with severe winter …
February brought bright sun and short-sleeve weather to Iowa for the first time this year. It was a good moment to thank Lone Tree snow removal crews who dealt with severe winter weather in January, which happened at the Lone Tree city council meeting on Monday, Feb. 5.
Afterwards, the council was joined by Melinda Wieland with the Lone Tree Community Foundation to discuss a grant she is pursuing, called “Paint Iowa Beautiful.”
The grant would supply the foundation with paint. They could use that paint for their projects in Lone Tree, using saved money for additional projects in the future.
Wieland was the visionary for the outhouse paintings at both Lone Tree parks and is still working on transforming ABC park with a Dr. Seuss theme.
The council elected to move forward with the paint grant, allowing Wieland to send a letter for consideration to grant writers by the end of February.
Wieland also showed a quote for dog-eared fencing panels from Menards to help solve an issue brought forward by councilmembers Cathie Conzemius and Jennifer Poeschel: trash cans in public sight on Main Street.
Wieland recommends using the fence panels to create designated areas for the bins and hide them from the public eye. The council took no action on this idea.
The council approved trading in their 2014 Kubota lawnmower in exchange for a John Deere commercial lawnmower, priced at $20,645. Lone Tree employees were given a $25,000 budget and should be well under that number with this move, which will improve their lawncare equipment.
Work Session: Budget
City Clerk Steph Dautremont presented Lone Tree’s finalized budget for the period of July 1, 2024, through June 30, 2025.
Dautremont stated the budget did not change much from a year ago. The only difference is that she slightly scraped from certain areas to deal with rising costs for police and fire fighting services.
This item was presented in a workshop environment as the city cannot approve it until the public is informed and has a public hearing.
Dautremont will send the budget to Johnson County, and they will send letters to the residents of Lone Tree to inform them on changes and when the public hearing is set.
That public hearing will be held on Monday, April 1, at 5:30 p.m. in City Hall. Following it will be a regular council meeting.
Next meeting: The Lone Tree City Council will next meet on Monday, March 4 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.