ELLSWORTH - City councilmen in Ellsworth addressed a variety of agenda items at their regular monthly meeting for January, including consideration of a new contract between the city and Midland Power Cooperative.
Norm Fandel, director of marketing and member services for Midland Power, was at the meeting to discuss with the council the wholesale power agreement. The initial term of the agreement was for twenty years, beginning in October 1993. Midland Power would like to renew/extend the agreement. In addition to a rate adjustment when a new agreement is made, the city's electric rates were increased by Midland by 6.5 percent as of Jan. 1. Fandel said the increases are due to power cost increases from Corn Belt Cooperative.
Other visitors were Mike and Jan Miller of Jewell, owners of Sweet Treats. They asked if they could rent space on the city shed to advertise their business. The council approved the request to rent space on the south city shed for $50 per month.
In city budget matters, library director Debra Caudle presented the library budget for FY14. The focus will be on special events, and the library request for funding has increased $100. Plans are to review and discuss total budget figures at the February council meeting.
Also discussed at the meeting were the mobile homes located off Delphi Street, which have not had any tenants for over two years. Property owners will be sent notice to remove the mobile homes.
A representative of USAgain, LLC, has requested permission to put a recycle box on Main Street. The council feels that having the Goodwill trailer in town several times each year is adequate.
In other business, the council directed the city clerk to return the unsigned contract to Liberty Township explaining that the figures provided to the city by the county auditor were different from those in the contract.