4/29/2014 10:47:00 AM West Concord City Council
Manager hopes for pool to open late May
By Nan Babcock
West Concord's City Council held a public hearing prior to their regular meeting on April 17. The hearing gave residents an opportunity to learn about the proposed West Main Street reconstruction project and how it will impact property owners in the affected area.
The reconstruction will begin at the corner of West Main and Third Street, and extend to the junction of Main and County 24. Proposed improvements are "reconstruction of the storm sewer system, replacement of fire hydrants and valves, reconstruction of select sanitary sewer manholes and deficient segments of sanitary sewer piping, replacement of sewer and water services at the request of the property owner, and installation of drain tile and sump pump connection ports." The street will be reconstructed mainly with concrete curb and gutter and concrete driveway entrances. Broken sidewalks will be eliminated, and for homes with sidewalks coming out from front doors, the sidewalks will be extended out to the street.
The total project cost is $565,621. The county will pay $250,000, the city will pay $177,515.50, and $138,107.50 will be assessed to property owners. The assessed amount is 24.4 percent of the total cost and will be charged to property owners on their property taxes over a ten-year period at an interest rate of one percent over the city's loan rate.
Council members approved a resolution ordering the street improvement and scheduled a special business meeting April 30, when they will approve resolutions putting the construction process in action and advertising the bids. Work is scheduled to begin in June and be completed by October.
Attorney looks into statues for charter school
The city attorney is getting an opinion from the Minnesota Attorney General's office concerning the charter school statute, City Administrator Kay Hanson said. A state law prohibits a person from holding two elected offices at the same time because of the possibility of a conflict of interest, and this prevents a person from being elected to a city office and a public school board position at the same time. However, charter schools operate under a separate statute, and because only parents vote in their elections, not the entire population, a ruling is needed whether the law applies to charter schools.
Kay explained that the current charter school board members were appointed when the school was established, and the school will be holding their first election in May. City council member Karen Peterson will be going off the school board at that time, and city council member Greg Klevos will be running for school board. The other city official that will eventually be affected when his school position comes up for election is Mayor Jeff McCool, who is currently serving as school board chair.
Swimming pool manager Glenda Andrews gave the council an update on the upcoming pool season. She hopes the pool will open in late May, if no major damage from the harsh winter is found during spring maintenance. Swimming lesson dates are June 23 to 27, and July 21 to 25 (or 21 through 30) for morning lessons, and July 7 to 11, and August 4 to 8 for evening lessons. The sign-up for first session starts June 11 and for second session, July 16. Prices for passes and daily fees will be set by Glenda and the Park and Rec committee after Kay figures out the sales tax that will have to be included in the prices.
In other action the council:
agreed to take part in a groundwater supply study being conducted by the DNR at no cost to the city;
set the time for the annual Local Board of Appeals and Equalization hearing for April 30 at 6 p.m.;
reduced the amounts of two water bills where undetected leaks had occurred; and
approved Mike Hinrichs as a fire department member.