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City receives report on museum, community hall

The Tea City Council met Feb. 5 and received the report on the condition of the Tea Area Historical Museum and Community Hall.

City administrator Justin Weiland said the structural report shows that they will need to take everything in the old church portion down to the studs, a new roof and new foundation. Asbestos was found in the floor under the carpet. The community hall would also need to some updates, including updating bathrooms to get into ADA compliance. No action was taken as the next step will be to get cost estimates from contractors.

Weiland also reported they received new FEMA floodplain maps. These were a surprise and did not incorporate any of their comments or concerns into the map. They are working on a response with HDR.

The council approved the hiring of Amanda Treloar as adult pickleball supervisor at $15 per hour. They also approved the purchase of a 2024 John Deere Gator from C&B Operations for $9,916.18.

They approved a resolution to declare support and adoption of the 2023 pre-disaster mitigation plan for Minnehaha and Lincoln counties. Weiland said in order to be eligible for FEMA funding they need to be listed in this document.

The council approved the application for a $3,000 grant from the Lyon County Riverboat Foundation for the summer rec program.

Mayor Casey Voelker noted that they will be talking about adjusting the amount the city pays to operate the fire department. Currently the city and three townships fund the department with Delapre Township paying 50 percent of the budget. They will take up this topic at the Feb. 20 council meeting.

The council adjourned at 7:13 p.m.

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