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Crossroads Special Taxing District
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Meeting Called to Order:
Next Meeting Date:
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Kathy Kinderfather-Residential Liaison
1. Approval of minutes from January 20, 2009 meeting. A motion was offered and seconded for approval.
2. Visitor comments. Operation Lifesaver: Ken was unable to attend. In an e-mail to me (dated 2/24/09), Ken had nothing new to report, and he will visit the local office to have someone else do the seminar. Kathy Kinderfather said that trash from Schnucks is still being strewn across the street and looks terrible; wrapped, unread newspapers also clutter the area. John will speak to Greg Sercl about this.
3. Tax rate modification: Will be under taken at May's meeting when property assessment bills have been mailed out. Landscaping/watering plantings: Shawnell informed Lisa that for the Big Bend parking lot there is a water connection 3 ft. below the tie wall that can be tapped to supply soaker hoses. This would eliminate the need to span hoses across the parking lot. Lisa also said that a reducer device would keep water from being too forceful during watering. An on/off key would cost $75.00. This is most cost-effective because other ways to meter water flow could run into the thousands of dollars. For the Alma lot, installing a new water line would be costly. A better alternative would be to install a new tap and use the water supply from the street. Lisa is sizing yew trees. A motion was offered and approved for spending up to $3,500.00 for planting, labor and accessories. The city will maintain Elm/Bend Park. The discussion shifted to flower pots. It was decided to go with 14-16 planters this year (11 last year). Lisa asked for a dollar value she could work with which would cover replacement pots, comprehensive planting, flowers and labor); a motion was offered and approved to spend up to $5,000.00. Banners: Six district banners need to be replaced due to wear & falling from their mounts. John found out that the banners which fell had been installed incorrectly because mounting rods had been put at the wrong angle and direction. The six banners would cost about $100/set for a total of $600. The Board discussed different banner designs for certain times of the year: summer and winter. Acrylic banners would allow for cutting a slit allowing better wind control. Banners would be rotated based on the seasons. Having a winter design instead of Christmas design would allow longer use. At May's meeting we will evaluate prospective banner designs. John shared a proposal for 28 sets of full color/2-sided banners: $2,300. 2009-2010 Budget: Roger passed out a Fund Equity Changes Report and with the latest expense report and Budget Department Detail sheet, the Board looked over 2008's budget and made increases in various areas for 2009-2010. An increase for landscaping/plantings accommodates Greg Sercl's extra work. Later Tuesday Roger sent us the finalized budget: $43,925 total. Any surplus money could be added to a new capital improvement fund. Included in Roger's e-mail were guidelines to be followed for architectural design services and a reminder that we'd be spending tax dollars. Building Beautification Plans: A discussion began about hiring someone to do overall landscape/architectural color street sketches to get ideas for each building. John mentioned that now would be a good time to interview people as many are looking for work given the bad economy. John has a list of a dozen people out of work. Putting an ad on Craig's List was proposed. Jim suggested authorization now to make phone calls to get prospects, and to review resumes.