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With winter season fast approaching, the City Council is taking action to reduce snow removal costs in the city budget.
Mayor Rob Unruh informed other members of the city council that the city overspent the snow removal budget by $54,000 last season.
So the council spent considerable time working out a plan in an attempt to cut the cost of snow removal.
What was decided was that businesses that face Oak Street and First Street will be allowed to push snow off their sidewalks into the city street and the city, will pickup the snow if it is done before 6 a.m. following the snow storm.
But, the big change is that the city will no longer allow snow off parking lots to be deposed onto city streets and the owners of parking lots must find a way to get their snow removed and dumped elsewhere.
City Works Department head, David Caress, told the council that at present the city removes snow from Oak Street and then snow from the sidewalks is pushed into the city street and then it takes a lot of extra time for the city crew to come back and removed that snow. “If that snow turns to ice, it is almost impossible for us to remove it, especially on the south side of the street” he told the council.
In other city business, Police Chief Joe Klatt noted that there were no issues at Rustic Lore and the mayor suggested that all city council members should ride in the Rustic Lore Parade as he and his family did. The mayor also noted that the sale of the old library building has been closed.
City Clerk-Treasurer Sharon Rosenow talked about setting up an account to allow city accounts receivable to be paid on line.
Library Director Rochelle Karlson reported to the council that Story Time at the school will start on October 4th, and the two adult and teen crafts are set for October 5 and 19th. She also noted that she would be participating in two workshops in October.
The council granted an operator’s license to Jennifer A. McMartin.