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October 16, 2013
Council looks at primary sewer problem
The city approved land transaction to Westbrook Ag Power
WESTBROOK, Minnesota (STPNS) --
Westbrook — Dan Joel, utilities worker, and Carl Conrad, street supervisor, talked to the council about problems they think are coming from the main sewer tile going out to the lagoons. They suspect that there are leaks in the tile that are allowing sand and silt to get to the lift station pumps at the lagoons.
It could be a fairly expensive project to replace the whole line. However, utilities superintendent Dennis Jutting, advised the council to have the line televised. “That will give you a picture of exactly what is wrong,” Jutting said.
The problem is that the sand and silt going through the pumps is very damaging to them. The council decided to investigate having the line televised. Jutting felt it would be a good time to do it since the flow is quite low now.
The council approved selling 2.5 acres of land adjacent to Westbrook Ag Power for $7,500. The company wishes to use the land for storage.
Mayor Dennis Phelps told the council he has reached a tentative agreement with Jim Klasse to purchase the property next to Mary and Martha’s Pantry. He agreed to sell the land for half of the assessed value, which would be about $4,000. He will also donate the rest of the value to the city. The property will be used for extra parking for the community center.
The fire department has applied for a $10,000 fire and safety grant. It is a matching grant which the fire department will match from their fire relief fund. The money will be used to purchase several pieces of new Turn Out gear for the fire fighters.
The city is also looking into adding safety eyes to all of the overhead doors in city buildings. Even though the doors do have safety warnings, the city felt they should be installed to avoid liability law suits. The cost was not immediately known because some of the newer openers may have the electronics installed. If that is the case the cost will be much cheaper for those doors.
The council approved new fire and ambulance contracts with the townships in the area. The council raised the base fire call from $500 to $750 due to the fact that they were losing money on some calls. They also raised the fire rates $10.00 per section, which is lower than most other fire departments in the area. The ambulance rates remained unchanged.
Marcy Chapman, representing Des Moines River Township, asked the council for a printed copy of the rates. She had not seen the rates as were sent to all of the townships.
Mayor Phelps asked police chief Alan Wahl about being called by the county sheriff’s office to assist with calls to Storden and Jeffers. They call occasionally when they do not have enough people to send some one there.
Phelps was concerned about liability of the city while Wahl is on those calls. Phelps said he was unaware of the practice. Wahl said, “they do not make that many calls.” Phelps said, “five or six?’ “Yes that’s about right,” said Wahl.
The council had received a complaint from a couple who live near the school about kids, during the day, going fast past their place. The couple has small children and are worried for their safety.
Wahl said, “I have set up watches in the area but these kids with cell phones let my whereabouts be known.” He also mentioned, it is not only the kids, some are adults, and even some of the bus drivers are going to fast.
Wahl felt he probably will have to go up to the school and have a talk with the kids about the problem. He usually tells them, “this is your warning!”
The city approved licenses for the following businesses: On sale license for the Loose Moose, and the VFW Club $1,200 each, to be paid quarterly; Off Sale license for the Loose Moose and VFW club $100.00 each; Sunday intoxicating liquor license $100.00 each.
Off Sale 3.2 beer license, Expressway; Cigarette license, $20.00 Maynard's, and Expressway; Games, Loose Moose, and VFW Club, $15.00 per game.
The city purchased a snowblower to be used at the city hall and library. However, there is no place near by to store it. The council decided to move the dog kennel building, at the yard waste dump, to the back of the library. It was also decided to house the dog pound in a portion of the former recycling shed.
September Police report:
Three tickets issued; search warrant and arrest made; two county assists; one theft report.
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