Marshall Burgess, Panora, a member of the Guthrie County Airport Authority board, met with the Panora city council last Monday evening.

The airport board is planning to resurface the airport’s runway.

All but 10 percent of the $3.8 million maximum cost will be paid by the federal government with 10 percent ($380,000) provided locally.

Panora, Guthrie Center and Guthrie County support the airport with tax funds. It’s desired the city raise their level of support. As requested by city administrator Lisa Grossman,

an updated 28E agreement from the airport was provided to the city by Burgess.

Grossman, airport board members, city reps, county officials and engineers recently met regarding the new runway project.

The first potential city employee to have a background check by a firm employed by the city was hired.

Alex Goodvin was employed as an electrical operations assistant to start January 3. The city recently contracted with A-Check Global to vet all applicants for city positions.

The city’s 10-year Wholesale Power Agreement with Guthrie County REC expires this month. The council went on record that the city may desire to amend the agreement. If not resigned, it automatically

extends for one year.

The financial report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018 was approved. Expenditures of $6,086,687 were made.

Current bills totaling $256,229 were paid.

Administrator Grossman gave council members a schedule of committee meetings and council hearings needed to eventually set and approve the city budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2019.

All five council members were present and there were no split votes.

Seven users had their water service disconnected for non-payment on November 28 with no reconnects made.

Twenty-four utility customers are on payment plans totaling $4,481 collectively with four on their second plan.

By city code, there is only one regular council meeting in December, not two. The next regular meeting is January 14.

The electrical committee met after the meeting for budget preparation.