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December 4, 2021

11/19/2021 2:06:00 PM
Stacy City Council working at filling building official spot

Stacy City Council met November 9 for a regular meeting.  All were present. City clerk Sharon Payne was absent.

The council then heard from two representatives from MNSpect.   The company had submitted a proposal to the city for the soon to be vacant building inspector position.  Mayor Mark Utecht told the representatives he had reservations about some of the wording in the contract, more specifically the part that states MNSpect will receive 100 percent of the fees for wastewater and manufactured home inspections.  The council was then told those numbers can be discussed with the city and are not set in stone.  The council agreed to send the city’s contract to MNSpect so they could see all of the city’s requirements before proceeding.

The council then discussed the city’s contract with Rise Incorporated. Rise has been cleaning the sports bar for years and recently submitted a contract proposal that had an increase of 73 percent.  The new proposal would charge the city $39 an hour for cleaning the bar.  Council member Marie Lawrence said in her opinion the bar was quite dirty and dusty. 

Mayor Utecht told the council the city did receive another quote from a company whose prices were $120 per day.  Mayor Utecht said he would speak with the bar employees and if anyone else would like to submit a quote to please do so.

In the engineer’s report, city engineer Dan Boyum told the council work on 307th Street has been completed.  Boyum told the council a letter to property owners has been sent notifying them the paving would be delayed until the spring.
Boyum said he storm sewer and gutter have been completed on 311th Street.  

Boyum then presented a feasibility study for Foxhill Avenue, 314th Street and Ferris Trail.  The streets currently have gravel surfaces with ditches and culverts to convey surface water.  

Boyum told the council preliminary costs of the projects are as follows:

Foxhill Avenue - $219,300. 314th Street $201,200, Ferris Trail $36,700 for a grand total of $459,700.

Boyum gave the council three options in assessing the projects.  The first option would be to assess 100 percent of the project to the residents along the improvements.
The second option would be to try and reduce project costs prior then assess 100 percent of the remaining costs.
The third option would note that Foxhill Avenue has fewer taxable parcels and the city could see what project costs come to on 314th and Ferris and use those same assessment costs on Foxhill.
The fourth option would be to reduce street and culvert maintenance on 314th and Ferris then assess 100 percent of reduced costs and use that amount for Foxhill.  
Boyum presented preliminary assessment numbers for the options. Option 1 would assess property owners $15,233 per parcel.  Option 2 would assess property owners $11,433 per parcel.  Option 3 would assess property owners $10,904 per parcel and the fourth option would asses $8,113 per parcel.

Boyum recommends the city consider a special benefit analysis to review maximum benefits of the improvements and any possible credits to property owners.
Mayor Utecht had reservations the project would have a negative impact on the Levy and felt the city needs a better guage of the property owner’s desire to have the project proceed or not.  The city planned a January 25 public hearing for the projects.

The council approved the purchase of two registers for the liquor store in the amount of $4,194.

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