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May 25, 2022

5/13/2022 12:04:00 PM
Center City not having a lucky year; council hears of sampling water

Center City had just bounced back after experiencing the theft and destruction of a city pickup truck, and now the latest mishap has city insurers reviewing coverage for a crash involving a  Center City Fire department rig and a passenger car.  The rig was part of honoring deceased firefighter Brian Olson, and was returning from the funeral when the collision occurred in Lindstrom.  Reports are the car involved missed a red light and T-boned the rig.

Fire Chief Travis Greene reported to council last week that the fire truck is use-able but is not going to be sent first, to a scene, until full repairs can be completed. Custom Fire is working with the city and the chief said insurance should be sufficient.  A tire that was punctured when the truck was hit broadside close to the end of April, has been replaced for $720 (plus tow it came to $1,200) and immediate attention needs to be given to the cab and a wheel bearing cap.

Greene did note that a new-build truck is close to being completed with delivery expected in July.

Public Works Supervisor Eric Garner got authorization to move forward on a plan to better determine where manganese loads are entering city water supply and address a failing motor in the well at the same time. Garner said Center City is being pro-active and hopefully will be in the position to qualify for future funding for addressing the over-abundant manganese.

Thein Well Drilling will put Center City on its work schedule, and the plan is to test for which of two aquifers are contributing to the city’s manganese. There is a $10,000  grant in-hand for the sampling portion of the work and Center City is responsible for the well motor replacement and labor also being done at the same time.

AT&T wants to use about a 40 foot square space to install a generator for its equipment at water Tower Park and council gave its blessing. The city will also request a security fence be put around the installation.

In other business:
~ Seal Tech got the bid for doing a polyflex crack seal on city street locations this summer for $1,500.  Bluhm Construction got the asphalt patching projects for $8,400.
~ An error in charging sales tax to a non-business parcel for about five years of water and sewer,  will be corrected with a reimbursement for the tax collected. The property is at 103 North Main.
~ County Commissioner Rick Greene, four term incumbent and currently Board Chair,  introduced himself at the council meeting. He explained Center City is now in a different county board district, due to redistricting.  Center City was shifted out of the district it shared with Lindstrom-Chisago City and was moved in with Shafer, Taylors Falls and Franconia.  When voters go to the polling place in November they’ll be choosing the District 2 commissioner.  
Center City currently  has Chris DuBose for its representative on the County Board.
~ Garner presented a cost estimate he had collected for capping and removing an old well on private property, that used to serve a group of residents near the courthouse.  Minnesota requires un-used old wells to be sealed,  and Garner said the new residents found remnants of a well/pump and asked him if the city does this or if property owners are responsible.   The council  agreed the property owner handles these situations and that the well should have been disclosed upon sale.
~ Four resolutions were enacted clarifying and re-wording ordinance language referring to sewer and water billing, shut-off notice and city water meter responsibility/access.
~ With no viable candidates for the part-time seasonal worker job, city council members may be volunteering to help out on weekends.  Garner reported the help-wanted ad is still running but he had zero people to bring forward who were interested in pursuing the job.
~ Center City Days will be July 29, 30 and 31.  Council waived the temporary liquor license fee for the Center City Firefighter Relief Association to serve beverages.

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