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City finalizes lease with American Legion for senior use



The Lennox City Council met Monday, February 13 at City Hall to discuss agenda items brought before them.

City Administrator, Nate Vander Plaats addressed the board on a Utility Rate Study for the City of Lennox, $18,000 was budgeted for the study in the 2023 fiscal year.

The most recent utility rate study was completed by Stockwell Engineering in 2018.

“Since that time, the City has completed a number of projects and increased both utility rates and surcharges in both the water and sewer fund. At the same time, the City continues to hear of dissatisfaction with current utility rates, and staff remain concerned about the long-term financing health of the utility system,” Vander Plaats said.

The Study will include development of defensible water and sewer rate plans in accordance with the American Water Works Association’s best practices, development of water and sewer rate policies to govern development of future water and sewer utility rate plans, develop a new City Fee resolution, and develop a rate model that will allow the City to check the adequacy of rates and funding at selected intervals after the implementation of the new rate plan.

The Council agreed to table the motion until the next meeting.

The City of Lennox negotiated a lease with the Lennox American Legion for the use of the Legion Hall for senior services.

“With the Senior Center being transferred over to the Lennox Area Development Corporation, we need to find as permanent as we can solution for senior services. We have secured a location at the Legion Hall downtown,” Vander Plaats said.

The lease will secure space for the senior services for one year and will cost $1,000 per month.

“The City is responsible for some improvements such as automatic door, parking lot and sidewalk improvements, and snow removal on Main Street and Second Avenue,” Vander Plaats said.

The City has already purchased a TV for the seniors to use for Wii bowling.

With Council approval, the target date for opening will be February 22 if all projects are wrapped up. With no discussion, motion was approved.

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