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April 24, 2019

4/11/2019 4:05:00 PM
Center City Council hears snowplow damage complaint, hires clerk, reviews roofing issues

The Center City Council met, minus Lloyd Vetter, last week and handled a variety of matters.

Council rejected a claim submitted by residents on Grand Avenue.  They alleged city snow plow damages to a railroad tie wall on their lot.

The property owners said the city plow hit the structure, which is partly in the street right-of-way. Owners were nonspecific in what they wanted the city to do, but asked for “a response.”

Council looked over photos showing a wall quite old and rotted,  and because there was no evidence of prior condition, or that city equipment caused it to topple, council voted to decline addressing the matter.  The city will send a letter to that effect.

Council also announced Thomas Zine jr.has accepted the offer to work part time in the city hall finances and clerking areas.  He was one of four applicants interviewed.  Terrie Trudeau and Norma Anderson remain on staff.

Council member Scott Anderson is Parks Liaison.  He reported the park committee wasn’t supportive of looking into an expanded docking system in response to a request from downtown bar owners. (Story March 14 Press.)

Burnes Avenue paving specs are ready to go out for bids from area contractors.  The portion of road in front of the fire hall will be improved and depending on costs-- business owners adjacent to the area (ie: Al’s, Pizza Pub) may or may not contribute and have their parcels parking surfaces addressed with the bid.

The fire hall addition and remodel project is progressing, reported Jim Marxer, but it won’t be completed anytime this month as was the stated goal.  Painting of inside walls is slated to begin this week. Sheetrocking had just been finished last week.

The city hall may be the next spot in need of work.

The roof has leaked, and while it didn’t worsen this spring at all-- Public Works Director Eric Garner began collecting quotes to replace it.  The council directed him to get some more quotes and also look into costs to build a pitched rooftop and get away from flat roof/membrane issues entirely.  Two quotes were a low of $19,000 to $60,000.  This is not a budgeted item for 2019 and council expressed the hope this can be delayed.

The city holds its Board of Equalization on April 17.  This is when you can contest property valuations on your tax statement.  This is a first step.  You can appeal to the County Board but you take the first appeal to your local government level.

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