Scranton city council makes appointments, talks about emerald ash borer

ScrantonWhile parts of western Iowa are dealing with hail damage done earlier this month, the Scranton city council at its June 10 meeting reviewed damage to city-owned property done by hail last summer. The city insurance carrier will cover the cost to replace the metal roof at city hall, the water plant and the park shelter house. First, city officials must confirm that the estimates obtained last year are still valid.

The city council made appointments to the Scranton public library board of trustees and the Community Center board of directors.

The appointment to the library board was controversial. David Dideriksen reported the library board recommended the appointment of Roger Hoyt and Carla Naylor. Naylor is presently on the board and agreed to serve another term. However, Scranton mayor Rod Walker recommended his wife Tina Walker by appointed rather than Naylor. Hoyt and Tina Walker were appointed to the library board by a 4-1 vote, with council member Cole Gustoff dissenting.

The council unanimously reappointed Gale Zellweger, Doug Hawn and Dawn Rudolph to the Community Center board.

In other business, the council placed on the November ballot renewal of the current 1-cent  Local Option Sales and Service Tax. The county and all incorporated parts of the county except Churdan are expected to have the renewal on the Nov. 4 ballots. Churdan voters have already renewed the LOSST there.

The council also reviewed information about the emerald ash borer. Mayor Walker advised that the city needs to identify the number of ash trees in Scranton and create an ordinance stating the responsibilities of property owners and the city in dealing with the problem. Such an ordinance will be drafted.   ~The Scranton Journal

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