9/24/2013 12:00:00 PM West Concord City Council
Good Neighbor Day set for October 19
By Nan Babcock
Road construction continues to be a major focus for West Concord's City Council as the reconstruction of County 24 nears completion and preparations are made for the West Main Street reconstruction next summer.
City Engineer Joe Palen told the council members while there is still some work to be done on the County 24 project, the utilities, which the city was responsible for, are complete. They did some post-construction televising of water lines and everything looks good. The city's cost for the utility work is $83,826, and a little more will be added for the sidewalk expense.
Most of the costs for the improvements were funded by the county and by federal funds. The council passed a resolution establishing the assessments to property owners. The total amount assessed to the seven property owners that benefit from the improvements is $26,600. Joe said the cost is just under $57 per linear foot of property. The assessments to the seven parcels range from $2897 to $5500 and can be paid over a ten-year period at 3 percent interest, which will be added to property tax statements, or the assessment can be paid off at any time. A hearing on the proposed assessment will be held Oct 24 at 6 p.m. at city hall.
Preparations for the West Main reconstruction continue. Joe made a site inspection with City Administrator Kay Hanson, City Maintenance Supervisor Keith Clammer, and County Engineer Guy Kohlnhofer. Issues such as drainage, signage and driveway access locations were noted and will be worked through. The title research in the county records department is taking longer than expected. "We were working on the assumption that there was a 66-foot right-of-way," Joe said. That might not be true. "The east half of the project is platted, so we know where the boundaries are, but after the turn, it's not so clear." Joe said all but two of the property reports are done, and should be completed this year.
The council authorized Joe to go ahead with city wellhead protection planning, which is required by the Minnesota Department of Public Health. Because West Concord has a population under 3,300, it will receive assistance from the state with the planning, which has to be completed by October 2016.
Brush and Leaf Policy
A new leaf and brush policy was approved by the council. Keith has been inundated with large amounts of shrubs and tree limbs, which he doesn't have time to deal with, so residents will need to follow these rules:
Brush pick-up is first Monday of the month only.
Small quantities of brush with no pieces to exceed six inches by six feet will be picked up. If amounts exceed this and are not removed by the following Monday, city staff will pick up the load at $100 per load, one load minimum and the cost will be assessed to the property taxes. Door knockers will be delivered the day the brush is not removed and City Hall will be notified who got door knockers; the door knocker is the official notice.
Exceptions can be made for storms at the Maintenance Department's discretion.
Dale Wellik of PeopleService explained to the council members that a screw pump at the wastewater treatment plant had a bad bearing, and after considerable research, he found the only way to replace it is to purchase a bearing and housing from the Netherlands at a cost of $5910 plus $700 shipping. The council approved the purchase.
The city is purchasing a used, fully equipped squad car, a 2007 Crown Victoria, from the Kenyon Police Department for $1000. The three part-time officers, Michael Erdman, Nathan Olson and Jay Stiles, will be able to take part in the PERA (Public Employee Retirement Association) Police and Fire Plan.
Good Neighbor Day
Mayor Jeff McCool said Saturday Oct. 19 is designated Good Neighbor Day, and invited all interested residents to gather at Lion's Park at 9 a.m. to do clean-up work around town on public property or helping senior citizens. Pastor Chris Brekke is coordinating the event.
The Budget and Levy hearing is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 19 at 6:01 p.m.
Stevenson Insurance was designated the official insurance agent for the city.
Kay told the council members that City Hall and the library will be closing at noon on Nov. 27, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving so the carpets can be cleaned. The entire building will be closed through the weekend so the carpet can dry, and will re-open Monday, Dec. 2.
Next month's regular city council meeting will take place the fourth Thursday of the month, Oct. 24, rather than the usual third Thursday.