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Ronan approves placing library mill levy on ballot

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RONAN — On Monday the Ronan City Council approved placing a proposed mill levy for the Ronan City Library on the ballot that will be voted on by city residents in September. 

According to a letter from the Ronan City Library Board, a 20 mill levy will cost the Ronan homeowner $46.30 per year for a $100,000 home and $92.60 for a $200,000 home. It was estimated that the taxes collected will procure $30,000 in revenue for the library. 

“That’s what they need to catch the library up to speed,” Ronan Mayor Kim Aipperspach said. 

In other business, grant administrator Billie Lee presented the council with an update on the water project.

“We’ve had two good meetings with staff, and I think we are well on our way,” Lee said. “Right now, with this contract, the schedule calls for the final design and engineer to start July 1 and be done by Nov. 1.”

Court Clerk Jennifer Rolfsness was also present to give an update on the city courts. She said that the court has yet to receive $80,709.72 in fines for outstanding tickets since 2006. 

She explained that the court usually suspends driver’s licenses of those individuals who are repeat offenders and owe a significant sum of money. 

City clerk Kaylene Melton reported that some city workers had suggested a part of their cell phone bills be paid out of the department budgets. 

“They do feel it would be reasonable if the city would contribute a portion,” Melton said, explaining that many of the city workers use their personal cell phone for work without reimbursement. 

The council decided to table the decision and will readdress the issue upon seeing figures on employee cell phone use.  

The city also discussed the land swap between Sherman and Sherman and a plot of city land near the city workshop. 

The Ronan Volunteer Fire Department submitted a letter stating their opposition to the idea. The firefighters took a vote on the land swap and 17 firefighters opposed the land swap, while six supported it. Ronan Fire Chief Mark Clary noted that no civil servants were present during the vote.

The Ronan City Council voted against the proposed land swap. 

The next Ronan City Council Meeting will be held on June 28.

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