5/20/2014 12:58:00 PM West Concord City Council
Fire Department gets $173,245 grant
By Nan Babcock
The city of West Concord is ramping up for a busy summer.
At their May 15 meeting, city council member Karen Peterson told council members about what's in the works. "Love West Concord Day" was scheduled for May 17, giving local citizens a chance to help clean up and beautify the town. Scheduled projects were park and ball field improvements. One of the tasks is to paint the bleacher seats, and that is in conjunction with the major ball field makeover due to the efforts of West Concord's Cardinal Club, Karen said. Fencing and dugouts are being upgraded. Maintenance supervisor Keith Clammer said a local Eagle Scout is making improvements to the ball field's concession stand for his Eagle project. Those improvements will include upgrading the electric system so more hot foods can be served, and re-roofing the building.
The swimming pool schedule includes a late May opening if possible, swimming lessons, and a Hawaiian Night in July. Keith said he believes the pool survived the winter better this year than last, but he needs some warm dry weather to get spring maintenance done on it.
Other summer activities will include Monday evening tee ball, soft ball and volleyball, monthly market days at the American Legion with farmer's market, crafts and other merchandise available on the first Saturday morning of the month, as well as Survival Days, National Night Out and the St. Vincent Fun Fest, Karen said.
City Engineer Joe Palen reported plans and specifications on the West Main project are complete. Bids will be advertised May 28 and opened June 18 with construction beginning the first or second week in July. The cost was reduced by $20,000 because the original design for a box culvert with a cement floor was replaced with three large culverts side by side to do the same thing. "It will handle a 10-year flood," Joe explained.
Do U Turn or no?
Council member Al Gilbert said two business owners asked him why the city has NO U TURN signs on Main Street if they aren't going to be enforced. He asked whether they should be taken down. Mayor Jeff McCool noted that a lot of U-turns take place during the day when no police officers are on duty. City Administrator Kay Hanson noted that it's common for people to do U-turns in the middle of the block to park on the opposite side. Karen spoke in favor of keeping the signs. "We need to do what we can to keep Main Street safe for our residents." No action was taken.
The volunteer police reserve coordinator, John Bacigalupo, reported on the activities he's accomplished for the city since he took the position. He's volunteered for 127.5 hours, which has saved the city $1,905.
Fire Dept. grant
Fire Chief Bob Klapperich was excited to inform the council the fire department received a grant for $173,245 for air packs and training in how to use them, for every member of the fire department.
The city received information from their attorney about the Minnesota Attorney General's position on officials holding an elected charter school office while holding another elected city, county or school board position. The ruling is that they are incompatible due to possible conflict of interest. Kay said at this time there is no one on the city council that is affected by this ruling.
The council adopted a sign retroreflectivity policy, which by state law they have to have in place before June 15. Under state law, cities are required to inventory their traffic and street signs, evaluate their condition and reflectivity, and replace deficient signs according to a mandated schedule.