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City Council Stalls out on economic Development

The Valentine City Council met last night for a regular monthly meeting.  Mike Burge gave the report on the economic development program. The five week business startup class finished last week with seven businesses participating.  Burge also presented the council with a copy of a news release from the University of Nebraska stating the about 75% of rural Nebraskans approve of the types of economic development that is going on in Valentine.  The annual North Central RC&D meeting will be held in Valentine on September 28th with a tour of Main Street planned along with a tour of the Prairie Club and supper in Valentine.

The council discussed a 4% cost of living increase for non-union employees including administration, police and department foreman. The motion to approve passed on a 4 to 1 vote with council member Toby Miller voting no, expressing interest in knowing how much the increase would cost..

At 7:15 Mayor Rowdy Kluender opened a public hearing to receive comments on the proposed budget. The budget for 2011 and 2012 is 12.6 million dollars which includes funds that are not expected to be spent.  The expenditures during the present budget year are 8.2 million dollars.  The property tax request of $439,500 for the next budget year will be approximate $4,000 higher than the previous year.  This increase is due to assessed valuation going up not an increase in the tax levy. The budget was approved on a unanimous vote.

 Toby Miller made the motion to adopt the ordinance creating a new six member Economic Development board.  Don Nelson expressed his thoughts that the program should be run through the chamber of commerce. The motion failed for a lack of second. There was considerable discussion with the public about the economic development program, with the council expressing a desire to approach the chamber to discuss having them taking over the program.  No action was taken at this time.

 The council agreed to install stop sign on Cherry Street at the intersection of 3rd Street to help curtail truck traffic on Cherry Street.

Bobbie Vanneman, John Hanzlicek and Ruth Harms were reappointed to the Library board at the recommendation of the board.

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