Chairman Marty McKnight called the regular meeting of the Finance Committee to order at 6 p.m. on February 12.
Present: Aldermen James Davis, Nate Wolff, Nicki West, McKnight, Sonny Minze, John Grochowski, Ron Yow, Mayor Bob Barnes and Recorder/Treasurer Michelle Grabowski.
Absent: Alderman Harold Faigle.
Approval of Minutes: Yow moved to accept January 2014 Finance Committee minutes, as presented, seconded by West. Motion passed unanimously.
Barnes reported the city received $18,624.82 in sales tax for the month of January 2014. Mayor Barnes thanked the public works department for their efforts and putting in extra time clearing the streets.
Barnes moved to defer the treasurer’s report to the city council, seconded by Minze. Motion passed unanimously by roll call vote.
Under unfinished business: None
Under new business:
The committee discussed snow removal.
Barnes handed out a Snow Removal Fact Sheet. A copy may be viewed on the cities website.
West read a prepared statement regarding the recent snow/ice storm. She recommends the city consider outfitting a city pickup truck with a plow blade to assist with snow removal. The committee also discussed the possibility of obtaining a grant to purchase a truck outfitted with a snowplow.
Barnes prepared a spreadsheet to identify all elected officials property taxes paid in 2013 as an example of what the city actually receives. The total taxes paid in this group were $9,292.08 and out of taxes paid the city received $929.20 and the street department received $278.76. His point was to clear up the misunderstanding that all property taxes paid are distributed to the city. He reiterated that the budget for the street department is limited. The cost to salt all the roads in Horseshoe Bend one time would have been approximately $11,000. The Mayor stated the street department did a great job considering their limited resources and the unprecedented conditions. The surrounding cities have been contacted requesting a status update of their clean-up efforts and they stated that it is a work in progress.
Yow suggested the city recognize Bob Johnson, Commander of the American Legion, for all his efforts-specifically obtaining the cannon for Veterans Park.
The committee addressed questions from the audience.
With no further business to come before the committee Yow moved to adjourn, seconded by Davis, motion carried unanimously.
The next Finance Committee meeting is scheduled for March 12 at 6 p.m.
Respectfully submitted
Michelle Grabowski
Recorder/Treasurer

The Horseshoe Bend Finance Committee will meet Monday, July 8 at 6 p.m. at city council chambers for the purpose of discussing the General Fund, possible changes, including the city police department.
The meeting is open to the public.