FARMINGTON — The Farmington City Council passed a resolution showing support for the Farmington R-7 School District’s “Proposition Farmington Schools” bond proposal on the April 8 ballot during Thursday’s council meeting.
Superintendent Matt Ruble told the council passage of the $28 million bond issue will allow the district to address safety and security needs, replacement and upgrades at district facilities, provide for additional instructional and activity space, along with upgrades in technology.
Ruble told the council the district’s debt service property tax levy of 90 cents per $100 assessed valuation is one of the lowest in the area.
Mayor Mit Landrum expressed his appreciation to Ruble for speaking to the council, saying the district plays a key part when attracting new residents to the community
“We need to support this for the kids. The number one thing people need to think about when voting on (the bond issue) is what’s best for the kids,” the mayor said .
The council was the second group to express its support for the bond issue. On March 6 the Farmington Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors approved a resolution in support of the issue.
In other business, the council heard the 2013 year end report from Fire Chief Todd Mecey.
The report showed a total of 2,084 incidents for the year, down 28 from the previous year. Forty-nine percent of those calls were for emergency medical assistance, with five percent for structure fires.
The average response time for the department was just under four minutes, a slight increase from last year.
He said the department has also been receiving multiple calls at the same time.
Mecey also reported the most calls come in around 11 a.m., with Tuesday being the day with the highest average of calls.
Landrum commended Mecey and the fire department staff for their work.
In other reports, Finance Director Michelle Daniel reported the City Light and Water office will offer extended hours one day a week effective March 31.
The office will be open on Mondays from 7:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Hours on Tuesday through Friday will remain 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
“We are continuously looking for ways to improve the service offered to our citizens. The extended hours are just one thing in a list of new offerings over the past several months in the utility office. We will continue to look for new and better ways to serve our utility customers and always welcome any feedback, comments or suggestions,” Daniel said.
A number of legislative items were on the agenda for second readings.
Among items receiving a second reading was the ordinance authorizing the city to enter into a least purchase transaction for the certificates of participation — the financing instrument used for the construction of the new library, police department renovations and the additions to the Farmington Water Park.
Joy Howard of WM Financial Strategies was at the meeting to inform the council on the pricing of the certificates
Howard said the interest rates stayed at the 2.49 percent as was originally proposed, a rate Howard referred to as, “super low.”
Also approved following a second reading were two ordinances involving the annexation of property belonging to Mineral Area Regional Medical Center and an ordinance designating 9 and 29 North Jefferson St. as “Farmington Historic Property.”
On item discussed during the public hearing portion of the meeting was an ordinance to remove property from the Maple Valley Plaza Community Improvement District, or CID, and to amend the petition for the creation of the CID.
City Administrator Greg Beavers reminded the council this was in regards to ongoing negotiations with the management of the Menards home improvement store chain to bring a store to Farmington.
The company prefers the land they are looking at for a location be excluded from the existing CID.
Beavers said amending the CID requires a petition from the property owners within that district expressing their approval. He said each of the owners have expressed their approval in amending the CID.
A first reading of each of the items from the public hearing was held.
The council meets next on March 24.