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7/14/2017 10:35:00 AM
Center City Council gets update on Fire Hall, awards Center Ave. paving project

Center City Council met July 5 (switched from the Fourth) for a regular meeting. All members but Scott Anderson were present.

In old business, City Clerk Terrie Trudeau told the council the rough, rough draft of the wellhead protection plan is almost complete. Trudeau said the hope is to have the rough draft in the council's hands at the July 10 meeting. The preliminary text will be completed by September of 2017 and the final draft is required by April of 2018.

On the subject of the new jail, Maintenance Supervisor Eric Garner told the council the water meters had been ordered. Garner said the inmate cells on the first floor are complete and they are currently working on the second floor cells. The parking lot will be the next issue addressed. Garner did mention the solar panels are back ordered at the manufacturer and could possibly be delayed until next year to be constructed on site.

The council took no action on the sidewalk ordinance although it was on the agenda. The city is updating state statute references and will re-insert sidewalk ordinance text into the code, otherwise no changes are planned.

Trudeau told the council the final plat for the Freundschuh parcel on South Center Lake, goes to the planning commission. The City Engineer told the council there was lots of talk about what system to implement for the sewers. He said he would like to see individual grinder stations for each of approximately seven homes,  but noted that a grinder pump would have to be installed to lift the waste up the hill to the main. After much discussion, the council agreed to have engineering look into the matter more.

Trudeau told the council the posters and advertising pieces for Center City Days on the last weekend of this month, are done and starting to get dispersed.  Mayor Larry Houger told the audience this year will feature a parade. The last time Center City Days held a non-kiddie parade was in 1982, according to councilman Mark Wolcott. The Parade will begin at the government center and meander through town.

The council was given the latest rendering of the new proposed fire hall addition. The hall will have 24 feet added on for training classrooms, offices, a kitchen and an exercise room.  The plan was presented to the council to get their opinion of the color scheme.  The council was overwhelmingly in favor of the two tone greys and the red doors the architect chose.  

Trudeau told the council they received a letter from East Central Energy offering to fund $100,000 of the fire hall project at an interest rate of two percent.  Trudeau then told the council the city was writing a proposal to Great River Greening for a grant of $25,000 to be used towards the hall.  

Councilman Lloyd Vetter motioned to put the plans out for construction bids. The council approved the motion 4-0.

Garner told the council he had received only two bids for paving Center Avenue.  Nugent Paving came in at $20,462.00 and Bluhm construction came in at $6,781.00.  Bluhm's quote was considerably lower due to the cost of mobilization for Bluhm because they are located in Chisago Lakes. Garner also added that he thinks Chisago Lake Lutheran church would also participate and hire Bluhm as well. The council unanimously voted to accept the quote from Bluhm Construction.

The council then received a letter from maintenance worker Guy Lehner. The letter was Lehner's resignation.

Trudeau told the council Lehner was retiring and that he did give a month and a half notice to help the city find a replacement.  Council member Wolcott made a motion to accept Lehner's resignation with regret.

The council had a brief discussion after Garner asked if it’s possible to hire a full time maintenance worker. Garner told the council that with the addition of his new position as city zoning officer, another full time worker would help out immensely.  Wolcott added that he didn't think it was in the 2017 budget but agreed to have a meeting with Garner to discuss more.

The meeting adjourned at 8:30 pm

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