City Council discusses third penny fund transfer, animal licensing
By Shiloh Appel
On Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, under new business, the Redfield City Council discussed a Third Penny Fund transfer. The proposed transfer would be from the general fund to the Third Penny Sales Tax Fund.
"If my memory serves me correctly, we have supplemented the last couple years at least fifty thousand," said Mayor Akin. "We would supplement the Third Penny Fund this year with sixty thousand, which is more than what it has been the last couple of years. One of the reasons to add a little bit to it is because we have already started to use some of those funds — one of those things being the Pheasant Fest."
It was motioned and seconded to approve the transfer. The motion was carried.
Also under new business Monday night was the approval of annual snow notices and animal license notices. Akin reminded City Council members to renew their pet licenses to avoid being fined. Adam Hansen also let the council know that they are no longer sending multiple reminders to renew pet licenses, but are issuing $50 fines after the first reminder.
"We started Dec.1 and already sold 20 licenses for 2018," said Akin. Akin and Hansen also clarified that the city limit for pets is a choice of two dogs and one cat or two cats and one dog.
"I don't care if you run 600 dogs through, but you can only have two at a time," said Hansen.
The council also discussed plans to move the city council meetings to the second and fourth Mondays in January. All were in favor.
Another item under new business included a city employees pay period adjustment for 2018.
"This next year there is going to actually be two extra weeks in a calendar year," said Akin. "How often does this happen? Well, Adam has been our finance officer for 11 years and it has never happened in 11 years. Basically, what happens is, since there is two extra weeks in a pay cycle, our hourly employees work 40 hours one week and 40 hours the next. They get paid; no big deal. But when you have salaried employees, [they] are working 80 hours and there is no compensation for it. Personally, I think they should be compensated for it."
It was motioned and seconded to approve the compensation of salaried employees . The motion carried.
The council went into executive session at 7:59 p.m. and adjourned at 8:32p.m.