The Albia City Council voted 4-2 to pay a $708 emergency room bill for the daughter of Mark and Karen McCarty.

Apparently a miscommunication with the Monroe County attorney and inaccurate advice from an Albia police officer led to lapse in insurance coverage for the dog bite.

Merle Regenold and Gene Behrens voted against the payment.

A request by Jason Messamaker to increase pay for lifeguards this summer was tabled until the current wages were clarified. Council members understood that hourly wages were increased immediately following last summer’s pool season.

The city lost about $79,000 on last summer’s pool activity.

Dennis Conley brought before the council the continuing problem with a smaller building attached to the side of the old hotel. Photos show the building separation widening, which could endanger a large warehouse owned by Mick Furniture. The council will seek bids on tearing down the building as well as the hotel.

The budget was approved with taxes dropping per $1,000 of assessed valuation about 52 cents.

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