With all Cascade City Council meetings available on the Local Access Channel as well as live-streamed, citizens can stay informed while maintaining social distancing guidelines.

While in-person attendance was discouraged, Cascade residents had two different options at their disposal when it came to staying informed about what went on during Monday’s city council meeting, while still practicing social distancing.

All Cascade council meetings are both broadcast on Local Access Channel 18 and live-streamed on the City website at www.cityofcascade.org. The live streaming is a fairly new service, approved in February 2018.

Boxcast is the company that provides the streaming service, but during the Feb. 12, 2018 meeting when the agreement was reached, Mayor Greg Staner made sure to let the community know that the City was in no way moving away from the services provided by Cascade Communications.

“This is a way to put the meetings on the internet,” Staner said. “(Cascade Communications) does a lot for the community. They bring a lot to Cascade.” Livestreaming is not among the services the company offers.

From the minutes of the Personnel Committee, the city finds itself in what, sadly, has been a somewhat familiar situation, as former full-time police officer Josh Lamey has resigned from the force to take a position with the Anamosa Police Department.

Lamey was sworn in during the April 23, 2018 city council meeting at a starting wage of $19.25.

He then completed a 15-week program at the police academy to obtain certification. Lamey’s contract with the City of Cascade was pro-rated, so with being hired by another department after Cascade paid for his certification, Lamey or the hiring department must reimburse the City for that cost.

At the time Lamey was sworn in, Staner said, “I don’t want this position to be a ‘stepping stone’ as it seems to have been in the past.”

With Lamey’s resignation, the Personnel Committee met March 19 and discussed moving forward with advertising for another full-time officer.

The committee also discussed the police department pay scale, and about advertising in larger cities or areas further away, to possibly attract a person intent on coming to a quiet town.

Additional topics of discussion included other employment incentives, seeking only a certified officer and classes or CEUs the officer could take to possibly increase his or her pay.

In other news:

• Council approved the purchase of a new payloader for the City employees. The machine is a 2020 John Deere Model 524LXT, being purchased for $153,000 from Martin Equipment, of Dubuque. Necessitating the purchase was the need for repairs to be made on the current machine, with estimates nearly equaling the unit’s total value. The estimated delivery date for the new payloader is March 25.

• Council authorized the City of Cascade to agree to an easement with property owners Western Dubuque Schools and Loras and Constance Staner, for work related to the levee project.

• The City entered into a professional services agreement with MSA Professional Services, for the 2nd Avenue SE water main improvement project.