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Mayer EDA authorized to levy taxes

Mayer City Council, during Monday’s meeting, adopted a resolution supporting the request of the Mayer EDA to levy taxes for economic development in the city.
The proposed EDA levy amount for 2023 is $42,006. A required legal notice will be published in the Herald Journal, and a public hearing will take place Monday, Sept. 26, at 6:30 p.m. or shortly after that.
The fire department receives grant
The council also approved the purchase of wild-land personal protective equipment for all 28 active members of the Mayer Fire Department at a total cost of $16,775. The fire department applied for and was awarded a $5,000 grant toward the purchase, leaving the city portion at $11,775.
Fire Chief Andy Maetzold explained that this equipment is lighter and cooler than traditional turnout gear and can be used on calls involving grass fires, vehicle crashes, and other issues not involving structure fires.
Cats cause concerns
Resident Suzi Poppler addressed the council during the public forum portion of the meeting, expressing concern about the increasing cat population on 5th Street NE. She said there were 10 to 15 cats a year ago, and there are 30 to 40 now. “They are taking over the neighborhood,” she commented. She said the city and the CSO (community service officer) are aware of the problem, and letters were sent to the resident a year ago and again about two months ago, and nothing has been done to address the problem.
Poppler said the cats are a nuisance, are not vaccinated, and raise concerns about issues such as fleas. Poppler wanted to know what the options were to correct the problem.
Mayor Mike Dodge said he was aware that interim City Administrator Luayn Ruch, who was on vacation, has been working on the problem. He said he would follow up on the matter and include Ruch and the sheriff’s office to look for solutions. “I agree that it’s out of hand,” Dodge said.

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