Cohasset City Council approved the final 2020 tax levy at Tuesday’s regular meeting at $2.95 million.
“It’s the third year we haven’t increased,” Cohasset Finance Manager Max Peters said.
“We’ve received a few emails and phone calls in regard to tax bills in 2020,” Peters said. “I think the city does a nice job.”
However, Peters did say what is changing is the Cohasset tax capacity, which is decreasing to 26.1 percent, from 32.4 percent.
“The average [for municipalities Cohasset’s size] is 57 percent, Grand Rapids is close to 83 or 84 percent,” Peters said. “As a city, Cohasset can feel pretty good about our tax levy as a percentage of tax capacity. As a city we are trying to do everything we can. Along with some economic development activities that we are trying to do to build tax base. It’s not due to levy increases, it’s due to tax capacity increases.”
In other business:
A planning commission recommendation was presented by Zoning Officer Greg Tuttle to establish a right of way ordinance which was approved, but would be affective upon publication. There is no public hearing as per state law.
“Other ordinances would require, but this one would not,” Tuttle said. “For example if a phone company wants to put up a cell tower, they would have to abide by the ordinance.”
“The ordinance lays out the requirements for the permit,” Tuttle said. “It would be city right of ways,” not Highway 2.
Tuttle would most likely administer this currently, but the council could designate someone at a later date.
“I don’t know how busy this will be, as how much work is going on right away,” Tuttle said.
Planning commission recommendation to appoint Harlow Zeppelin was approved to fill the unexpired term of Steve Brown.
A recommendation from the donation committee for a fee waiver for the Cohasset Community Center for the Grand Rapids Area Wrestling Association to hold their end of year banquet on March 23, 2020 was approved.
The council approved the Sand Creek Employee Assistance Program for all employees, including the fire department members.
“Basically the part our insurance doesn’t cover,” Cohasset Mayor Greg Hagy said.
“It’s a great idea,” Councilor Terry Bartz said.
“I just see a need for it,” Mayor Hagy said. “Right now we don’t have a resource.”
The council approved the storage office remodel project at the Cohasset Community Center. It was explained that they are looking to add an office where the storage room currently is, however not hire an additional employee. The office would be used by Assistant Finance Manager Jessica Piche as her current working conditions are not favorable.
“I’d like to put up for a couple bids at least,” Bartz said.
The council rescheduled the second council meeting for the month to Dec. 23, 2019 at 7 p.m.
“Is there any reason we can’t plow or pack the snowmobile trails?” Bartz asked? “I’ve been asked.”
“I’ve had a lot of complaints snowmobilers are going out into traffic” Councilor Tim Carlson said.
“Light the Night was Fantastic!” Mayor Hagy said, adding the line for Santa was long for an hour and a half. “I’ve never seen so many happy kids!”
“The City did a really good job plowing when we had our snowstorms,” Councilor Tim Carlson said.
The City office and shop will be closed Tuesday, December 24 and Wednesday, December 25, for the Christmas holiday and Wednesday, January 1, 2020 for New Year’s Day.
Approved claims in the amount of $264,870.35, the November 26, 2019 city council minutes, as well as acknowledged the November 4, 2019 Public Utilities Commission minutes, the November 5, 2019 Economic Development Authority minutes and acknoweldged the September 4 and September 11 Planning Commission minutes.
All council members were present. There was no resident input.