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By Dellaray Hileman
The regular meeting of the Grafton City Council was held on May 17 at Grafton City Hall where city updates were shared, such as repair to the bike trail along the riverfront.
Donna Smith reported on Grafton Planning and Zoning and Nick Hutchens updated the council on public works.
“We’re going to start doing work on the riverfront to repair the bike trail, I’m really excited about that,” Hutchens said. “The Council and public gave their suggestions for work that needs to be done around Grafton.”
Mayor Mike Morrow gave his report, sharing information about the upcoming election.
A tax increase from 0.5 percent to 1 percent for Grafton residents will appear on the June 28 primary ballot, noted Morrow. This change will total about $68 thousand that would go to the Grafton Police Department and municipal operations.
“There is a letter going out to everyone in the city that lays out the voting information,” Morrow stated.
Morrow clarified that the funds used for the letters were not an expense for the city, but were donated by Morrow and the Chief of Police.
Morrow also gave an update about where the city stands in regards to FEMA violations.
“We have had FEMA violations against the city, we want to keep our good standing and address these concerns,” said Morrow.
Morrow noted that the commission turned in a report that closed out all of the 2019 issues.
“I want to thank the commission for closing out this report so Grafton can maintain its good standing and so we can move forward as a city,” he said.
The newly formed Strategic Grant Committee met last week and Morrow said, “We’re looking at what grants we can go after.”
It was announced that the weekend of May 28-29 will be the City Wide Yard Sale and there will be free dumpsters the following weekend.
Mary Lillesve reported on marketing and tourism and shared details on the Dinky Dedication that will take place on June 4.
Donna Smith reported that music in the park will start June 6 and run through Aug. 11.
“We are requesting volunteers to help with the 50/50 during the music in the park night,” said Smith.
Anybody wishing to volunteer should contact Smith.
For old business the council approved safe boating week promotion, motorcycle awareness month promotion, and the updated liquor license form.
The Grafton City Council meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m.