Heights reverses itself; subdivisions OK now
By Ben Walker
March 30, 2006 | RIVER HEIGHTS -- The City Council
rescinded a moratorium on subdivisions Tuesday because
they said the implementation of it was illegal.
The moratorium, which was passed on a 3-2 vote two
weeks ago, was rescinded at the opening of Tuesday's
meeting before the minutes of the previous meeting were
adopted officially. City recorder Sheila Lind said the
moratorium was rescinded because the issue did not appear
on the agenda.
The council also discussed a contract with a utility
cost management company that had been signed by former
mayor Vic Jensen. The city has been charged $25,884
for the company's services to date for supposed utility
savings over the next five years.
"If it's costing that kind of money, we'd better put
a plug in it," Mayor Todd Weston said.
Councilman Bill Baker said the council never approved
the signing of the contract.
"There has never been a formal contract presented
and approved by this council," Baker said. "And I"m
gonna go back to him and say we don't have a contract.
You've got a contract with Vic Jensen, not with this
city council and as far as we know, it's not a valid
Baker said that River Heights, as a size five city,
must have council approval for signing of contracts.
Public works supervisor Kent Parker said the cost
management company hasn't done anything to save River
Heights money. "Nothing's been changed. Absolutely nothing,"
The city will also need to obtain an electronic recording
device as revisions were recently made to open meetings
laws. Public meetings must be recorded electronically
starting May 2. Lind will continue to record the city's