The Tea City Council met for the first time in 2017 on Jan. 3.
The council approved the authorization of Mayor John Lawler’s signature on the Transportation Alternative Program agreement with the South Dakota Department of Transportation. The funding is for phase 2 for the bike path from Third Street and Main going south to the maintenance shop with a cost of $116,697.50.
They also approved the second reading of ordinance 237, the 2016 supplemental appropriation ordinance. The ordinance was to supplement the engineering budget in the amount of $185,000 for engineering fees.
Ben Scholtz with HDR Engineering noted that he has submitted an updated contract to finance officer Dawn Murphy and gets some things in writing that were not there before. He said they will be itemizing the monthly invoices to the city so everything is clear.
Scholtz also gave the council more information about wastewater treatment options for the city.
The council approved April 11 as election day for the city and the publishing of salaries for all officers and employees.
City planning and zoning administrator Kevin Nissen plans to have Confluence at the next meeting to talk more about city planning. Confluence provides landscape architecture, urban design, and planning services.
City utilities superintendent Thad Konrad will have prices for a tractor and sander at the next meeting. Jenni White with economic development said Jim Ihnen bought the old Tea Hair Design and is getting it ready for rent.
Police chief Jessica Quigley plans to talk about a policy about Marsy’s Law at the Jan. 16 meeting.
The council adjourned at 7:23 p.m.