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City Council hears reports, ponders new warning siren

The City Council heard reports from city officials, discussed the replacement of one of the storm warning sirens that is presently not working and approved four resolutions.

City Public Works Director David Caress informed the council at their August 20th meeting, that one of the city employees was injured at work recently. He reported that Cory Schone was struck by a rock that was picked up by a lawn mower. He suffered a broken bone near his elbow.

Caress also reported that the chip sealing has been completed and he noted that there was some money left in that fund and they would have patching done around some manholes. He also reported two water leaks in the city. One he said was on a service line to a resident’s home and the other he believed involved the water line near the new well along Third Street.

Police Chief Robert Darwin told the council about the National Night Out on August 7th. “It was well attended,” he said. At the event, they served over 450 hot dogs, which were donated by Nilssen’s. Darwin also spoke about the police department’s involvement in the Dunk Tank at the county fair and that $8,000 was raised for a program that benefits youngsters. He also addressed the new ATV routes saying that the new signs have arrived and the City’s permit has been accepted by the state.

Mayor John Larson addressed the meeting that he had with Chris Libby of the County Fair Board about applying for a grant to fund the construction of a storm shelter at the fair grounds. Larson spoke in favor of the shelter noting that it is something that is needed and he indicated that the city could be the party that has to apply for the grant.

Warning Siren

Mayor Larson addressed the warning siren near the community center and indicated that it has not been working all summer. The City has two warning devices; the other one is located at the fire station. Larson had a proposal to replace the one at the community center either at its present location or place it on the water tower along Third Street. The bid was for $11,620 plus the cost of installation.

Council member Steve Lee indicated that he had contacted another company and asked for a price for the siren including the installation cost. Mayor Larson said he was comfortable to wait until next month’s meeting to make a decision.

The council approved two resolutions from the Clean Water Fund that had to do with the planned improvements at the City’s Waste Water Treatment facility. One was to file an application for financial assistance from the state environmental improvement fund and the other was to declare that the official intent was to reimburse expenditures from proceeds of borrowing.

The council also approved a resolution for exemption from the County Library Tax. A community with a public library can exempt themselves from the County property tax to support the county library if they budget more money for their library above what the county tax would be. According to figures at the council meeting the city’s tax load for the county library would be around $18,000. The city budgeted $30,000 to support the local library.

In other business the council approved a temporary class B picnic license application and temporary operator’s license applications for Glen Hills Lions Club; Glenwood City FFA Alumni and the Glenwood City Kickball Club for the Rustic Lore Events. They also approved operator’s licenses to Kevin A. Bonte and Norma A. Wyatt. 

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