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SENTINEL TRIBUNE Area Focus June 23. 2004 Council discussed water and sewer policies WALNUT GROVE--The council reviewed the policy on repairs to water and sewer services when the street has to be dug up. The owner is responsible for dig- ging, all hauling of dirt and gravel, replacing dirt with gravel in the excavation, and disposal of cement. The city is responsible for cutting the blacktop and patching the street. A problem with a plumber pumping sewer on the street during a sewer repair was discussed. In the future this must be pumped into a holding tank or run to the nearest manhole. Andy Foster was present to discuss a large amount of water running through his backyard. The council thought an outlet must be plugged and it will be checked out as soon as it dries up a little. Andy also discussed abandoned sewer service lines. The council informed him that an abandoned line must be removed from the sewer main after tapping the main with a new service, to prevent inflow and infiltra- tion from entering the sani- tary sewer system. Marge Peterson gave the liquor report. She ordered a new deep fryer that should be delivered on Friday. This should speed up the time it takes to get food orders out. Written reports from the maintenance department and the water and waste- water department were reviewed. Purchasing a new impact wrench for the city shop was discussed. Three estimates for repairs were reviewed. The council awarded the low bid to remove old shingles from the shed ab the cemetery and replace with a steel roof and install rain gutters to Matt Jackels at a cost of $930.81. the low bid to insulate and install glass board in the well house to Matt Jackels at a cost of $2,600.11 and the low bid for installing new doors and siding on the shel- ter at Ferguson Park to Plum Creek Cabinets and Construction at a cost of $4,122.00. The council approved a proposal from Safety First to conduct safety meetings for the city and prepare written procedures required by Occupational Safety and Health Administration and, the Minnesota Department of Labor. Cost of this service is $2,400 per year. to be paid in 12 monthly installments. Training will be done the same day they conduct the safety meetings in Westbrook and Tracy. Merna Malmberg gave the polic report. The dog ordinance was tabled until the July meeting. The coun- cil agreed to offer the 30 hour per week police posi- tion to Jeremy Fiedler. He must be willing to become an emergency medical techni- cian within 1 year. He will start as soon as all the paperwork and the psycho- logical can be completed. The council approved having the full time employ- ees fill out applications for health insurance to see what the actual cost to the city would be. A final decision will be made after the costs are reviewed. Building permits were approved for Charles Tobey to build a deck and Joey and Carol Swanson to build a privacy fence. Girl Scout Troop #688 will paint the old playground equipment in the city park. The city will furnish the paint and they will furnish the labor. The council approved donations to SW MN Foundation ill the amount of $300 and SW MN Arts and Humanities Council in the amount of $150.00. Andy Kehren, city engi- neer, reviewed the bids for the 2004 Street and Utility hnprovements that had been opened earlier in the day l\\;vo bids were received, The bid from Quam Construction was fro" $3,720.865.70 and from Duininck Bros. for $3,761.745.85. The council awarded the low bid to Quam Construction. The council then dis- cussed construction of a medical clinic onto the Country View independent and assisted living units. Cost of the clinic would be $75,000 to $100,000. Sioux Valley would commit to leas- ing tile facility for 10 years. The clinic would be open to the public possibly 5 days per week. The city approved soliciting donations to see how nmch of the cost could be raised. A decision has to be made by July 1 so it could be constructed at the same time the housing unit is being constructed. New parking arrangements at Westbrook Health Center The Westbrook Health Center will be changing the flow of traffic into the patient parking lot ,located on the west side of the Health Center. The traffic direction change, will begin on Thursday, June 24th to coincide with the grand opening of Peterson Estates. Patients are asked to enter from Columbus Ave., which is on the WEST side of the hospital campus. Angle parking will be desig- nated to the west side of the parking lot upon entering. This will allow for a conven- ient and safe, "drop-off' zone directly in front of the Health Center. At present, the north driveway on 10th Street has been used as both an entrance and exit. With the traffic change, this north driveway will be an Exit-Only. As always, the Westbrook Health Center seeks to improve any aspect of service that will be a ben- efit to our patient's safety and well being. Westbrook Health Center is a proud member of the Sioux Valley Health System, and can be found on-line at: HYPER- LINK http://www.west- brookhealthcenter.org www.westbrookhealthcen- ter.org Area news briefs Fulda -- Jeff Horne has completed his service project for receiving his Boy Scout Eagle Award. Jeff's project involved the landscaping of the Fulda High School sign and flag pole. as well as the flag pole area at the Fulda Elementary School. Jeff planned for the financing of the project and also the labor to complete the project. Lamberton -- Volunteers worked Wednesday after- noon, assembling the playground equipment which was installed on the east side of Lamberton's Central Park. The equipment was purchased by the Lamberton Lions and includes many items to keep children occupied for some time. The workers completed the project Thursday morning. Slayton -- The Murray Co. Ambulance and the Slayton Police Dept. were called to the pool Saturday for an emergency medical call. William Overweg. Slayton, was pronounced dead at Murray County Memorial Hospital. The cause of his death is still under investigation. An autopsy is being completed to deter- mine more facts. Tracy -- "Mace's" will be located in the former 21st Century Bank building. Greg Frederickson is the owner and manager of the business. The entrepreneur is leas- ing the building from Greg Ipsen, a Burnsville man who bought the property as an investment earlier this year from Minnwest Bank South. The building had stood empty for about 3 years. /EDNESDAY JUNE 23 rHURSDAY , JUNE 24 Windom- Windom's school board approved a pre- liminary budget that calls for a deficit of $241,664 for Fiscal Year 2005, wtfich ends June 30, 2005. The deficit means Windom will likely not meet its goal of being out of statutory operating debt (SOD) by the end of Fiscal Year 2005. In fact, it's possible the district could fall deeper into SOD. Find us on the Web at www. lyo n- sio uxp ress. co m July 4th holiday hours Deadline for the Peach ads will be Thursday, July 1st at 5 p.m.; Sentinel ads and news items Friday, July 2nd, 4 p.m. Local news will not be called for this week. Sentinel Tribune office will be closed Monday, July 5. Please help us meet these deadlines. Raking hay Monday evening this farmer near Walnut Grove was busy raking hay in a fieldl south of town. With all of the wet weather the hay has been growing good but it been difficult to bale. 10th Annual Cottonwood County Farm Safety Camp Features Fire Sqfe Escape House By Carolyn Van Loh Sentinel Tribune The Farm Safety Camp. co-sponsored by the University of iinnesota Extension Service- Cottonwood County and Cottonwood County Farm Bureau, will be held at the Cottonwood County Fair Grounds, Windom, on July 14. This year's camp will mark the 10th anniversary of safety camp in Cottonwood County A major change in the day camp this summer is the time of the camp. Children in grades 1 - 7 will attend from 2 PM- 5PM. Supper will be stowed from 5 PM - 5:30 PM. Preschoolers and kindergartners accompanied by their parents are invited to the sessions from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM. An exciting and benefi- cial addition to the camp this year is the Fire Safe Escape House, sponsored by the Windom Fire Department. Participants will go through a home and do a practice fire drill. Other safety instruc- tion will include water safe- tv. electric safety: grain bin safety, and power take off safety. Camp participants need not live on a farm..y chil- dren who have opportunity to visit a farm are welcome. to attend. 4-HAmbassadors will again serve as group leaders. In Minnesota alone, over eighty children were killed in farm accidents in the past ten years. C-hildren under the age of 16 account- ed for 6 of the 30 farm fatal- ities in 2001. If just one major injury or vented, the camp will served its purpose. Enrollment is and pre-registratlO required for all who attend, To register get more information, tact the Cottonwood Extension office in at 1-800-967-1763. delay: registe now there are still places able. Buy, or Re00t in the Class ads Sentinel Tribune Ph. 274-6136 1-800-4 ati)uck Westbrook, MN 7:00 pm 0 Mr. Twister (Community Center) Balloon Jam by Westbrook Library 5:00 pm 0 FREE Hospital Appreciation Supper (Peterson Estates) 7:00 pm o Kiwanis Night of Praise (Community Center) 2:00 pm Health Care Foundation-3 person golf scramble (Rolling Hills) 5:30 pm, Beer Garden Opens 5:30 pmo Burgers (Park)- 7:00 pm Miss Westbrook Program Little Miss (School Auditorium) 8:00 pm Karaoke at Park Dusk FIREWORKS (Football Field) 8:00 am, City-Wide Rummage Sales 9:00 am Crazy Daze (Main Street) 9:00 am Sand Volleyball Tournament (Park) 10:00 am Summer Olympics (Park) 11:00 am, Beer Garden Opens (Park) 11:00 am Bean Bag Toumament 1:00 pm Bingo- (Park Shelter) 4:00 pm. PARADE 9:00 pm-l:00 am, STREET DANCE - Mylan Ray 10:30 am, Ecumenical Church Service (Trinity) 11:00-1:30 pro. Dinner. Community Center  I" I ' ilo Concessions: Burgers, Mini Donuts, Funnel Cakes & MORE!