The Storm Lake City Council gave final approval of an ordinance to establish a combined utility deposit for rental units.
City Clerk Patti Moore said the ordinance is needed because the city is losing revenue when people move away without notice or a forwarding address.
The proposed utility deposit would be $65, which is based on the average three-month water/sewer/landfill bill in 2000, Moore said. The deposit could be adjusted annually. The deposit would be refunded after 24 months of continued payment.
The deposit would only apply to rental customers who have had their water turned off for non-payment.
* The council passed the second reading of an ordinance that changes city council meeting times from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. The change was made to better fit the schedule of council members who work out of town, and to set a meeting time that could allow more citizens to attend.
* The council approved a request from Buena Vista University to host a block party for the BVU community on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 1-6 p.m.
Some of the activities include a DJ, face painting, an obstacle course, hop scotch, and an outdoor movie following activities at 6 p.m.
Along with a noise variance, the council also granted the request to close Grand Avenue between West 4th Street and Peterson Drive.
* City Administrator John Call said the city's aquatic center committee will submit its findings to the council after its next meeting, which should be within a month. The council will then study the proposal before taking action.