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February 14, 2013

Council says no to board's legal fees



Following Graham’s exit, the council directed Swartzentruber to find out a specific timeline for reimbursement and to make contact with the corps to get some idea on when the levee will be recertified. They also said they will take another look at the bill.

“Someone should know a lot of things, but they don’t seem to,” Council member Ken Solliday said.

Coincidentally, the levee board then held a meeting with its attorney later Wednesday. During the levee meeting, minutes were discussed and a question about assessment of the city of Washington for their water wells was discussed.

Attorneys for the parties also met Wednesday afternoon.


The council accepted a 10-year tax abatement for the proposed expansion of MacAllister Machinery south of Washington.

The abatement is for real estate and personal property. The amount is determined by assessment. Last year, MacAllister announced plans to expand by 50,000 square feet and adding 61 new jobs by 2016.

“It’s going to be a great project,” Councilman Mike Sprinkle said.

Additional appropriations

The council approved several large additional appropriations, including $200,000 for the final payment for dispatching software.

Although the software has been at the sheriff’s department for a while, Sheriff Jerry Harbstreit delayed the final payment until everything was satisfactory. Harbstreit said everything was working well.

The council approved two additional appropriations for $294,616 and $226,288. These two amounts were reimbursements and had to be reappropriated to be used later.

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