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SENTINEL TRIBUNE Public l&apos; 00[otice Wednesday, May 19, 2004 Page LAKESHORE PROPERTIES EQUIPMENT FOR SALE FINANCIAL LAND FOR SALE HELP WAN TED-DRiVERS MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE ,i! City of Walnut Grove April 12, 2004 Regular Session The council met in regular session on the 12th day of April, 2004. at 7:30 P.M. in the council room. Present: Bob O'Donnell, Lee Steffen, David Hovt, Donald E. Johnson, and Todd Harrington. Mayor O'Donnetl presided at the meeting. Marge Peterson gave the monthly liquor store report. She stated some repairs had been made on the freezer and asked Council approval for attending the Liquor Convention at Breezy Point for herself and Jessica Wahl, the Assistant Manager. The liquor committee will make the final decision on who should attend the convention• Clair and Bruce Baker were present to voice concerns over trucks hauling dirt frorn the retention pond site over their tile line and asked the city to dig it up to make sure it wasn't damaged. They also wanted the property lines marked, so Bruce knew what he could farm. Both of these things wilt be done. Jeff Steichen PeopleService, discussed problems with rust on the chlorine tanks at the well houses. He asked the Council to consider purchasing new sheds to house the tanks. He also stated flushing mains will be done the first part of May. Problems with PeopleService being available to rake care of a water leak on Main Street in February were also discussed. The city needed someone who knew where the valves were and which ones needed to be turned off. PeopleService staff were in Tracy working on a water main there, so the city had to hire help to take care of the leak in Walnut Grove. Discussion was held on hir- ing a 40 hour per week patrol- man, keeping the present Police Chief tbr 20 hours per week, and using two local part-time licensed officers for 3-4 days per month• This would give the city Approximately 67 hours of coverage per week, year around. The police committee will continue to work on this. Lee Steffen gave the monthly maintenance report. Problems with rats in town between Highway 14 and Main Street, purchasing new snow fence. replacing present picnic tables with plastic ones when they need to be replaced, a new water line in the city park for a drinking fountain, purchasing turf tires tbr summer mowing for the new tractor, moving the radio from the old ambulance to the city maintenance pick-up and purchase of a trailer to haul the lawn mower and other things were discussed. Motion by Lee Steffen, sec- ond by Todd Harrington, to approve purchase of 500 feet of snow fence for approximately $500 and purchase two turf tires for the tractor for approximate- ly $600. All voted in favor. Motion carried. Motion by Lee Steffen, sec- "-'$ TA TEWIDE CLAS$1F!ED$ ond by Donald E. Johnson, to approve Lucan Plumbing and Heating to dig in the new water line at the City Park for $629.05. All voted in favor. Motion carried. A water service line on the corner of Main Street and 8th Street was discussed. Motion by David Hoyt, second by Todd larrington, to allow the owner to turn the water hydrant on and off as he needs water for a max- inmm of 45 days until his line is repaired. This will allow the ground to dry up so the digging can be done. The Fire Department" is to be notified that the hydrant will be turned off unless the business is using water. The new curb stop and repairs will be paid for by the owner. All voted in favor. Motion carried. Merna Malmberg gave the monthly police report. She is not able to get anyone to work the part-time hours that she needs. The Council set the fine for parking tickets and parking on the street during snow removal at $20.00 each. fines to double for the second offense by the same person/vehicle. Motion by David Hoyt, sec- ond by Todd Harrington, to approve building permits for Ron Beens to build a garage, Tom Noram Jr. to build an addi- tion on the front of his house, and to Ken Koch for an addition on his house and an unattached garage. All voted in favor• Motion carted. The Council approved purchase of a culvert from the Redwood County Highway Dept. at a cost of $502.50 so a ditch in front of the Walnut Grove City Cemetery can be filled in. Andy Kehren, City Engineer, was present to discuss comple- tion of the retention pond and the Rural Development project. Dean Baker was present to ask permission to run a private 2"" water line from the Senior Housing project south to the first mile. He would then allow residents on the west side of the highway who are presently hooked up to a 3/4" line to hook on to the new line if they want- ed. The Council will consider this. with some stipulations regarding livestock, the water being metered, etc. Motion by David Hoyt, sec- ond by Todd Harrington, to authorize bids on the 2004 Street and Utility Improvements contingent on all easements being in place. All voted in favor. Motion carried. Motion by Donald E. Johnson, second by David Hoyt, to approve the minutes of the March 5 and March 8 meet- ings. All voted in favor. Motion carried. Motion by David Hoyt, sec- ond by Todd Harrington, to approve Claims #23962 through #24078. All voted in favor. Motion carded. Motion by Lee Steffen, sec- ond by Bob O'Donnell, to approve the Clerk attending a Water and Wastewater Rate Study training session in St. Cloud on May 19. All voted in favor. Motion carried. Motion by David Hoyt, sec- ond by Todd Harrington, to approve donating $500 to the parade committee. $250 from the General Fund and $250 from the Liquor Fund. All voted in favor. Motion carried. Motion by Bob O'Donnell. second by Donald E. Johnson. to approve purchasing a storage unit for the Clerk's office. All voted in favor. Motion carried. The city will hold a branch pick-up in May. Motion by Lee Steffen. sec- ond by David Hoyt, to adjourn. Karen Erickson Clerk-Treasurer CITY OF WALNUT GROVE April 19, 2004 Special Session The Council met in special session on the 19th day of April, 2004, at 7:00 P.M., in the Council Room. Present: Bob O'Donnell, David Hoyt and Donald E. Johnson Absent: Lee Steffen and Todd Harrington Also present were County Assessor Kathleen Hillmer and City Assessor Carole Snyder. Mayor O'Donnell presided at the meeting. Purpose of the meeting was to hold the annual Board of Review. Tom Noram, Sr. asked the Council a question about water and sewer service on a lot he owns in town. He was told this meeting was to hold the Board of Review. and they would dis- cuss this with him at another time. Karla Hay was present to question her valuation being raised. She felt the increase was too much. She was told all the property in town went up about 10%, because prior sales showed previous valuations were too low. Comparisons were made on two commercial properties. It was felt maybe one owner had not read his Notice of Valuation correctly. The County Assessor received a written question from Jim Jensen on the valua- tion of property owned by Lawrence Boelke. Upon checking the book, it was deter- mined that this increase was a clerical error and will be cor- rected to show the valuation of this property at $51,400. The Board of Review was adjourned. Karen Erickson Clerk-Treasurer Buy, Sell, or Rent in the Classified ads Sentinel Tribune Ph. 274-6136 1-800-410-1859 Learning self Defense Jeff Meyer martial arts expert from Tracy showed Junior girls how to would be attacker. Below Meyer talked with the junior girls about how to unwanted attention and dangerous situations. 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Agency as the ance agent, and Resolution for gambling at the Legion. the city providing ing or lifeguards Cahanty Superintendent concerned about the cutting back on this and thought maybe and out. No action the city's Local Aid was cut s Find us on the Web at www.lyon-siouxpress Area news briefs • F.ulda -- The Fulda Community Club is spon- soring the Miss Fulda Contest which will be held on Wednesday, May 19th. east side of the barn. short time the fire w out. Tracy -- The idea of! ing an open sided for Trac) has been shelved Iv. Councilman Tim Competing for the title are who also serves on the., Shelby Witzel, Dayna ED/, said EDA meml. Bestge and Sarff Schippe - asked themselves wlaeW all seniors. Lamberton -- Ochs Brick & Tile Company of Springfield was the appar- ent high bidder ($304,000) for the Cottonwood River Cooperative Center Building. There were a total of four bids. It is understood that Ochs plans to use the CRTC building for needed office space. 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