The Castle Rock City Council started promptly at 7:30 pm on July 27. The agenda promised a busy night. Looking to members of the public seated in front of them, Mayor Paul Helenberg, and council members, Ray Teter, Lee Kessler, John Earl Queen, Mike Davis, and Ellen Rose, dove into the department and council reports. In this topic, it was brought to the council's attention that there would be a bond with the improvements of streets, sewer lines, and water lines. The following loan application would have to be through the Rural Development Administration (RDA).
The General Obligation bond will be used to pay for residential street improvements that are being done this year. With this being the first reading, the council moved to approve the loan, the motion carried.
Ordinance No. 2015-06, is for two revenue bonds. Series A is will pay for sewer line upgrades in areas where street projects will occur. Series B will be used to upgrade water lines. "Series B also will used to fund the remaining meter upgrades to allow the city to have radio read capability throughout our system." Ryana Covington responded when asked about the bonds for Castle Rock. This quick update ended when the council brought forth the update of the America in Bloom Tour.
During the America in Bloom Tour, it was reported that the judges had stayed in the town of Castle Rock. In this update it was said that the judges were very impressed with the town's hospitality and that this was an all around great visit. While the judges were here, they made a great effort in showing their appreciation towards the town in trying to help improve Castle Rock. "As the judges went through the town, they made it clear that America in Bloom wasn't just about flowers. It is also about building friendships," stated Mayor Helenberg. At this meeting, the City Hall was awarded a door hanger prize for the beauty and care for the town.
Next on the agenda was the update of the street paving to be wrapped up in phase two. At the end of Alder Street, the contract for the paving would conclude.
With this topic, it was also brought up that the stripes for the parking lots would have to wait to be painted until the pavement had settled over a month.
With the closing of this topic, the next discussion was brought up with much thought. Like many cities in the surrounding area, Castle Rock has approached the idea of getting credit cards for the city officials and officers. As the council read through the information included in the packet, Ryana Covington ensured that these cards would have restrictions and protection. With this new information, the council's anxious minds were instantly put at ease and approved this movement and would later discuss the credit level and see who would be given these cards.
As the agenda ended and the meeting was coming to an end, Councilman Ray Teter was given a plaque for his five dedicated years of service. As the small group of people in the room applauded and thanked him for all he has done for the city, the meeting was adjourned. The next Castle Rock City Council meeting is scheduled for August 10 at 7:30 pm.