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GLENWOOD CITY — David Caress the City’s Public Works Director reported to the City Council on Monday evening that the city has lost the trailer that was used to collect newsprint for recycling.
Caress stated that he had received a call from the company that supplies the trailer that they were not getting a sufficient amount of newsprint to justify leaving the trailer in Glenwood City full time. Caress noted that when he came to work one day last week the trailer was gone.
He informed the council that maybe the city should purchase a used trailer that can be hauled by a local trucker to recycling places. Caress said he found a used trailer for $4,200 and presented the idea. The council took no action on the matter, but that a trailer is at the recycling center and the center is still receiving newsprint.
Caress also reported that well number three would be down for service and rebuilding starting on November 19th. This well is located at Hinman Park. He also reported that the city has asked the DNR for a variance at the City’s Waste Water Treatment facility to allow the city to drain down the ponds for the planned improvement construction next year. “We are asking for permission to discharge 240,000 gallons per day,” he told the council.
Part of the meeting’s agenda was to approve a compliant/request for service policy. City Attorney Autumn Lindquist presented the new policy to the council and explained that it would allow for a uniform method to handle complaints.
The ink on that new policy was hardly dry before a couple of people were filling one out. Appearing before the council was Steve McCelland who noted that he has lived in the City on Clarke Street since 1998. He addressed the council about his sewer lateral from his home to the main on Clarke Street. He informed the council that he replaced the line about nine years ago and he is currently having problems with it. He claimed that the road had settled in that area and the company that installed the new line connected the new line to the old service a few feet short of the main.
McCelland asked what help he could receive from the city for repairs to the line. But the city policy is that sewer lines are the responsibility of the property owners from the home to the main in the street. One councilperson noted that maybe he should address the problem to the company that did the work nine years ago. He took a complaint form to fill out.
Another complaint came from Ballard Logan about his encounter with a local police officer. After a couple of minutes, Mayor John Larson presented him with a complaint form and told him that the open council meeting was not the platform for his complaint and that he should fill out the form in writing and the city would review it and get back to him.
Also appearing before the council was Sandy Sanders Cress, who requested approval of a driveway permit to allow her to enter her property at 711 First Street from Walnut Street. The request was approved.
In other business the council approved a pay request from Albrightson Excavating for $54,577.71 for the reconstruction of one block of Fourth Street between Elm and Walnut Street.
Approved an operator’s license for Rachel M. Eberhart.
Heard from Council member Ken Peterson about the Library and that Santa Claus will be there on December 8th. Peterson also noted that the Library Board is interviewing for a new Librarian.