Taylor Mill Reassigns Road Funds to Address Emergency Issues
The Taylor Mill city commission adopted its new property and personal property tax rates for the year.
The commission approved an increase by adding the compensating rate plus 2 percent. The new rate $0.458 per $100 of assessed value for real property such as real estate, and $0.772 per $100 of assessed value for personal property, but not motor vehicles.
City Administrator Brian Haney noted that Taylor Mill pays for its fire department and other services through its general fund, unlike some other cities that have additional taxes for those.
The city commission also approved the yearly fee for waste collection at $182. That is a slight increase from last year's rare of $178.
Haney also touched on road issues that are not currently on the city's annual road repair list. Keavy Dam, Mason Road, and Reidlin Road each have slips becoming high-priority issues, Haney said, and the city administrator wants to take money budgeted for repairing roads to address these problems.
The road over Keavy Dam is slipping and deteriorating, and Sanitation District 1 has a pump station on one side of it. Haney said SD-1 is going to start fixing the problem with earth falling over their pump at the end of the month, and the utility has asked Taylor Mill if it would like to partner with them in fixing the dam.
Haney explained that the city's part would be $60,000 to $80,000, and it would include installing a pier wall that is 75- to 100-feet, shoring up the dam and stabilizing the road.
Commissioner Dan Murray said he thought the problem started many years ago when the city decided to put a road over the dam on the advice of engineers. He said they should never have installed the road over the dam, because they have had nothing but problems since.
Taking out the trees on both sides of the roads would apparently help the situation, so Haney was instructed to find out if the trees are in the 25-ft right of way for the city, and if so, to take steps to remove the trees. f they are not in the right of way, Haney was instructed to include a request to remove the trees when he contacts the homeowner.
Mayor Daniel Bell would like to explore the possibility of draining the lake to help with the problem. City Attorney Frank Wichmann also said that the city should have a survey done on the area to determine boundaries.
Mason Road has slipped, too, and the city just found out that it has been awarded $30,000 in state emergency road aid funds to fix that road. The city is estimating an additional $30,000 to complete the job, but Haney stressed that these are estimates and the actual cost could be higher.
Commissioners voted to take the $325,000 earmarked for repairing roads and instead to use it to repair the three emergency problems.
Commissioner Rose Merritt also said she would like to see the city bid out its road repair in January or February instead of July when all the companies have more work than they can handle, she said. Merritt said the city is receiving high bids for their road repair projects, and she thinks that it can save money if it is bid out earlier in the year, when companies aren't so busy.
The Fire Department will hold its annual open house on October 5, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Boy scouts of America, troop 1031, a new all female troop, came to lead the Pledge of Allegiance for the meeting.
Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor