Good evening, and welcome to another live blog from the Ames City Council meeting. A couple of issues of note tonight--the Council will hear from city staff on the ongoing process of reducing Ames' carbon footprint. This is more than an issue of wishful thinking--it's actual city policy. Also, the Council will take a look at locations where WiFi connections have been established by the city, and if they should continue.
7:35PM--Should mention that 1st Ward member Tom Wacha and 4th Ward member Victoria Szopinski are not present this evening. Council meets bare minimum for a quorum.
7:40PM--Right now, local media makes up 40% of the audience in the City Council meeting. Not a lot of people in the chambers.
7:45PM--City officials say the city's carbon footprint in it's buildings is down 13.1% in 2012, and has cut it's natural gas bill by half since 2007. As for it's fleet--cars and trucks, not including CyRide--emissions are up nearly 12 percent. Staffers remind the council those vehicles, including police cars and fire trucks, travelled nearly two million miles in 2012.
8:15PM--At meeting's end in Council Comments, 2nd Ward member Jami Larson says he's been told by City Manager Steve Schainker that negotiations with Xenia Rural Water on water rights to land north of Ames is not going well. He's asked the council to direct City Attorney Judy Parks to explore what might be involved in annexing land west of George W. Carver Rd. without an agreement with Xenia.