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GLENWOOD CITY — The City Council approved the purchase of a new warning siren to replace an 18-year-old non-working unit.
The council at their regular monthly meeting, March 18th agreed to spend $16,935 for the new unit. Council member Steve Lee presented other members with cost figures and information about the new unit. His committee recommended that the new unit be placed at the water tower site on the hill off Third Street in the northern part of the city.
This unit will replace the current warning device located near the Community Center. During the discussion on the matter, Mayor John Larson felt that two warning sirens should be purchased. The second one would be at the fire station on Misty Lane. But the present fire siren is located there and has been used as a warning siren for a long time and will remain.
Lift Station Pumps Almost Overwhelmed
The City’s Public Works Director David Caress reported to the City Council that with the snow and rain, “It’s been a crazy couple of weeks.” He said that the lift station’s two pumps ran steady for two days and the lift station almost overflowed with 11 feet of water in the pump area. “We pumped 1.4 million gallons of water in two days,” he told the council. At normal times the city averages between 100,000 and 140,000 gallons daily.
It was learned that with the new improvements set for construction this summer, at the Wastewater treatment facility, a third pump would be installed in the lift station.
Caress also noted to the Council that there were six or seven water line freeze ups. He said that allowing water customers to continually run water, that solved the freezing problems. The water main break on Pine Street, was caused by something wearing on the pipe, Caress said, and that they have a small amount of curb and street to repair to do because of the line being dug up.
In a related matter, City Clerk/Treasurer Sharon Rosenow informed the members of the council that the water bills for the first quarter would be sent out a week later than usual. This is because of the credit customers will get for continually running a small stream at their homes to keep pipes from freezing. She stated that she wanted to only figure the credit for one quarter and not carry the credit over into the second quarter.
In other matters the council approved a request from Fire Chief Greg Holden to enter into a Mutual Aid Agreement with the Lower St. Croix Fire Department. That fire department is located in Minnesota, just across the St. Croix River from Hudson. He told the council that all other county fire departments have agreements with that Minnesota department.
The council also approved spending up to $3,850 for a copy machine for city hall.
Minutes from a special meeting held on March 4th to have a “discussion regarding the structural deficiencies and current water issues at the current city hall centered on what options to pursue including moving out of the current location, building a new facility, buying a new facility or remodeling the community center to accommodate the needs of City Hall, the Police Department and possibly the library and community center.
“Several scenarios were discussed with Mayor Larson informing the council that he had been contacted by someone from the Kingdom Hall regarding their building. The congregation is not using the facility any longer and is interested in selling the building. Larson also contacted Hiawatha National Bank with regards to the possibility of purchasing the existing location to see what options may be available on the current lot.”
The council made no decisions on the matter.