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November 14, 2013

Water board eyes city council liaison position

By ANDY GOODELL
The Oskaloosa Herald

OSKALOOSA — A discussion of the Oskaloosa City Council liaison to the Water Board of Trustees was held at a Tuesday regular meeting of the Water Board of Trustees.

Improving communication channels was part of this discussion at Tuesday’s meeting.

No action was taken on the Oskaloosa City Council liaison to the Water Board of Trustees position at Tuesday’s meeting.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting of the Water Board of Trustees, there was an item on the agenda for consideration and discussion on compensation for the water department’s general manager, Chad Coon. No action was taken on this item, as it was tabled by the board.

On Monday, a joint meeting between the Oskaloosa City Council and the Water Board of Trustees was held at city hall.

Although there were no action items on the agenda at Monday’s joint meeting, plenty of discussion was held concerning the PFM Shared Services Analysis.

Several of the recommendations resulting from the study were discussed.

Among the topics of conversation at Monday’s meeting were Web site usage, the budgeting process, the possibility of reports coming from the water board, as well as customer payment options.

The idea of joint purchasing possibilities between the city and water board also garnered some discussion. Joint asset management was also a subject of discussion between the two boards.

Software used by the city and the water board was discussed, as well.

There was also some talk of opportunities for equipment sharing, as well as licensing for employees and long-term planning.

At the end of the joint meeting, the next joint meeting of the two entities was discussed, with February 2014 in mind.

So, what led to Monday’s joint meeting?

After a discussion among the Oskaloosa City Council at an October regular meeting, it was eventually voted on and approved to send a letter to the Water Board of Trustees. This letter would suggest quarterly meetings between the Oskaloosa City Council and the Water Board of Trustees.

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Herald City Editor Andy Goodell can be reached at news2@oskyherald.com.