By Tina Snell, Staff Writer
Mike Drew and Donna Lundgren from the Randall Fourth of July Committee updated the Randall City Council Wednesday night about its fundraising ideas.
The committee told the Council it would be selling 2014 calendars for $20 each. Each person who purchases a calendar will have their name entered into 365 daily drawings for cash.
Lundgren said the winners will be announced weekly.
“We are hoping to sell 1,200 calendars,” said Lundgren. “That will give the committee a $13,000 profit. Any excess money over the cost of the Fourth of July expenses will go back to the community.”
One of the committee’s ideas is to purchase items for Bingo Park, such as handicapped-accessible playground equipment for children.
The Council asked that a representative from Landscape Structures from Delano attend the September meeting to give a presentation on its playground equipment.
The next City Council meeting will be held Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m. at the Randall Fire Hall.
Randall City Council briefs
Other business conducted by the Randall City Council Wednesday night included:
• Learning that Randall’s local government aid received from the state in 2014 will increase by nearly 30 percent from $125,534 to $162,363. City Manager Jerry Peterschick said the extra $36,829 will help the city with its roads and other projects plus help the city’s administration better serve the citizens of Randall;
• Voting to increase the preliminary 2014 city levy by 4 percent, or $5,400. This amount cannot be raised when the final levy is certified in December, but may be decreased;
• Hearing that Police Chief Chuck Strack would like to implement “Coffee with the Cop” one morning a month so residents can get to know him, ask questions and in general, have more contact with their police chief. The anticipated gatherings will be held at Kim’s on Pacific Avenue or at City Hall with a date yet to be determined. Information will be placed in the monthly billings;
• Discussing the city’s statute which requires every house in town to have 3- to 4-inch house numbers prominently displayed and in a contrasting color to the home for emergency situations. Strack was concerned that about 40 percent of the homes in the city were not complying;
• Hearing a request from Strack to purchase a dog kennel for the back of his squad car. He said that commercial ones are very expensive and that he would like to present the Council with plans for a locally made kennel, which he will bring to the September meeting;
• Agreeing to continue with the HeatShare program, energy assistance for families in crisis. The program was founded by CenterPoint Energy in 1982, and is administered by the Salvation Army;
• Agreeing to support the Initiative Foundation with a donation of $750 during 2014; and
• Permitting Travis Schnobrich to erect a chain link fence on his property.