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December 16, 2018

6/14/2018 4:21:00 PM
Center City fire hall project and other business on agenda

The lake level discussion took up much of the Center City Council agenda time (see seperate story) but the council last week also managered to review a request from Calendar Isle homeowners to have the city takeover the private road network.  Homeowner’s Association head Rick Hogendorf said the association decided they pay enough property tax and should be getting more city services.  In particular, the neighborhood is plowed under association contract with the city, but everybody else gets plowing as part of the cost of their taxes, he explained.

The neighborhood is on an island accessible by a causeway from city streets, and when it was built about 25 years ago there were special considerations granted for  watermain and sewer lines not at normal depth underground at the bridge.  

The Calandar Isle street condition  needs to be assessed and compared to city standards as well, before the city would accept responsibility.  

It was decided (with Council member Madonna Higgins absent) that a committee of Mayor Larry Houger and Council member Mark Wolcott, along with Calendar Isle Association representatives, will meet and look at what needs to happen to move forward towards making the roads “public” and perhaps dissolving the Homeowners’ Association.

In  other business, the ordinance and policy committee is looking at a request from Jim Marxer, who has been on-scene at the fire hall rehab and construction project almost daily. Marxer asked if he could get a “per diem” for at least his full-day hours. He estimates he  has been on-site over 200 hours.   

Council members are approved to receive the $50 per diem (or per day) stipend but there is no direction given in policy to paying out stipends to non-elected officials’ carrying out extracurricular duties.

Council member Wolcott asked if money was worked into the half-million dollar fire hall project budget for demolition hours/labor?  

Firefighters have been doing much of the needed fire hall demo themselves and if that has created savings in that line item,  the city could look into re-directing that to Marxer.  The committee will look into any legal restrictions on expenditures of the loan,  and report back on a per diem policy for non-elected persons as well.

Marxer told council that the exterior work is planned for completion by July 4. 
~ The leaking fire hydrant on Crescent Beach Road will be replaced. Public Works Supervisor Eric Garner said he contacted one company capable of doing the skilled earthwork, due to the nearness of the lake, and he recommended the city move ahead with a new style hyrdrant installation.  Cost --without the earthwork expense known-- is about $4,000.

~ The broken watermain street repair on Pleasant Knoll was also approved for about $1,150 to SealTech.  The bike trail will also be crack-sealed (along the highway) while the paving company is in the city, cost is $950.

The MN Department of Health gave Center City good marks on drinking water protection and public water systems.  

Contaminants are not part of this docuemnt.

The department suggestedmore frequent external inspection to verify screens and vents are secure and functioning-- and he city was reminded of the timelines for maintaining inspection and operations reports.


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