9/10/2013 12:34:00 PM Dodge Center City Council
Swiffer pads plugging city sewer
By Larry Dobson
Dale Wellik, PeopleService, told Dodge Center council members that Swiffer pads have been clogging city sewer lines by plugging pumps at a city lift station. He said the items are flushable but become a problem when they get to the lift station and that North Star Pump Service of Lakeville has been called three times in the last month to clean out the pump in the NE lift station. He also reported that televising of the sewer lines would begin Tuesday, Sept. 10.
Dodge Center adopted a new liquor ordinance following a public hearing Monday, September 9 after hearing no objections from anyone. Alan Nelson, owner of Rite Buy Liquor, was the only person on hand to discuss the ordinance and said he was interested in why the council was making changes. City Administrator Lee Mattson explained that the city was just updating the ordinance .
Members of the Harvest Fest committee addressed the council with questions about how the planned Main Street project will effect future Harvest Fest activities. Mayor Bill Ketchum explained that the city does not yet have definite plans and construction schedules so the questions couldn't be answered. He assured the committee that the council is aware of and considering the committee's concerns. He suggested the committee set aside funds from Harvest Fest this year to pay the cost of installing a system to accommodate tent stakes when Main Street is reconstructed.
The Harvest Fest committee also asked for permission to close Main Street West between 1st Avenue and 2nd Avenue for the Transportation Fair the morning of Saturday, Sept. 14. The council consented.
The council also approved by resolution Mantorville Restoration Association having Bingo at Harvest Fest.
In other business, the council approved:
Rezoning Rolling Meadows Subdivision as Suburban Residential (R-1) as recommended by the planning and zoning committee;
The 2014 budget and levy. Mattson said total tax revenues will not be changed;
Scheduling a public hearing on October 28 to consider the Dodge Country Club Petition for Annexation;
A city paperless council policy which requires council members to access information electronically. Each council member will get $550 at the beginning of each four-year term to offset the expense of adapting to this policy;
Renewing a 12-month contract with the Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association with a $300 increase in the annual rate;
The bid from Rochester Sand and Gravel for the 2013 Mill/Reclaim Street project.
Mattson informed the council that the county accepted the city's proposal for the Budget Mart property. Mayor Ketchum suggested examining the property before the next meeting and arranging to secure the building. Council members decided to visit the property for an hour before the next regular council meeting Sept. 23.