|4/23/2021 11:06:00 AM|
North Branch Council to purchase street sweeper, fill Planning Commission seat
Springtime in Minnesota can be counted on to fill city council agendas with public works and other seasonal requests for action, and last week North Branch Council was no exception.
The members voted 5-0 to borrow $300,000 to replace the 20 year old street sweeper.
The city uses equipment certificates to finance these acquisitions, paid-off over 10 years.
Public Works Director Shawn Willimas pointed out this amounts to about $15,000 per year and the unit gets lots of use in North Branch. Crews have had the current one out this spring for four weeks, at 160 hours, doing post-winter cleanup.
Williams said he will continue to search out funding/grants to assist paying expenses tied to this stormwater system maintenance item.
The city awarded the quote for chloride (dust control) to Envirotech at $1.06 per gallon.
Rydberg & Sons got the gravel quote, at $11.96 per ton. North Branch has 33 miles of non-paved roadway still.
The council filled the last vacant seat on the planning commission. Kevin Schieber was appointed 5-0.
The mayor used his committee reports portion to share that many traditional summer season events and activies are being scheduled for making a comeback.
Council approved a gaming permit for the Sons of the American Legion to hold charitable gambling bingo, etc. during MidSummer, June 17-19.
Council member Amanda Darwin also noted as part of her fire department liaison report that the smelt fry will be held this May. The meals will be picked up drive-thru fashion. More details are coming.
And, North Branch is catching up with county communities that have posted blue fire-number signage. Darwin said the fire and public works departments are working on posting the standard, uniform, visible numbers, starting with erecting 30 this week.