Emerson signs agreement with Red Top CID
by Jessica Loeding
Jun 25, 2013 | 2341 views | 0 0 comments | 98 98 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The agreement between the city of Emerson and the Red Top Community Improvement District became official Monday night.

Approved during the city council’s regular meeting, the cooperation agreement lays out the working relationship between the two entities.

“We went back and forth with it a couple of times, making sure that the city council reviewed it and made sure that they were happy with the by-laws. That was really the big thing, when the meetings are, where the meetings have to be,” Assistant to the City Manager Todd Heath said.

The contract details the CID’s workings, along with explaining what services Emerson will allow the agency to do and how those services will be rendered.

“The community improvement district is kind of like a homeowner’s association for an area, but it’s only for businesses,” Heath said. “What they will do is, they will impose a tax but the tax is only on the businesses within the district, which is LakePoint, and then, with that tax money, they can use it to do improvements, such as sidewalks, street signs, street lighting, water, sewer, basically all the things that a regular government would do.”

A state bill signed by Gov. Nathan Deal April 11, 2012, authorized Emerson to create the CID, which can build roads, sidewalks, curbs, gutters, install traffic control devices, operate public transportation, maintain parks and recreation facilities and operate sewer and water utilities.

The five-person CID board and city officials will meet annually to discuss matters for the upcoming year, Heath said.

No tax rate has been set for the CID, he added.

Also Monday night, the council voted to surplus a 1987 Case tractor. Heath said the city paid $500 for the never-used equipment but repairs would cost more than the tractor was worth.

The council will meet next on Monday, July 8, at 7 p.m. at city hall.