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3rd Avenue sewer issue closer to being resolved

By Staff | Feb 7, 2014

Two residents from 3rd Avenue SE in Rugby received an update on the city sewer problem at Monday’s regular meeting of the city council.

Ward 4 Councilman Terry Wentz informed the meeting that a camera is being installed on the city’s new jet machine and is expected to be available within a couple weeks. The camera will allow the city to monitor the troubled line and help assess the problem and what repairs need to be made.

The council approved a metal siding request for a garage on Randy Graber’s property on 4th Street SE. The council went on to approve amendments to Ordinance No. 387, which address residential and commercial building permits. Residential permit fees include remodeling and additions for $75; building costs between $0 and $250,000 for $100; and building costs between $250,001 and more for $200. Commercial permit fees include remodeling and additions for $100; building costs between $0 and $1 million for $400; between $1 million and $4 million for $750; and $4 million and more for $1,000.

Rugby Police Chief John Rose recommended the adoption of amendments to Ordinance No. 388, which addresses disorderly conduct. The council agreed that the language in the ordinance needed revision.

Rose and the Public Safety Committee updated the council on the process of hiring for a patrolman vacancy. Four applicants were interviewed the week before, but misdemeanors on a prefered applicant did not sit well with the chief. Rose declined to make a recommendation and will continue searching for a qualified applicant.

The Finance Committee’s report stated that a meeting is pending with Pierce County on jurisdiction. The city is pursuing sole jurisdiction for the full mile around city limits. The city and county share jurisdiction of the second half mile outside the city.

The council approved a motion to accept the lowest bid for a new pickup truck for water and sewer. A motion was approved to go with the lowest bid for the new fire hall, as well.

Building and Property Committee report stated that a hire has been made to clean the first floor of the armory at $300 per month. Rugby High School will also be paying an additional $150 per month to their previous armory rent of $9,500.

The locking and unlocking of the building was added to the police department’s daily logging. The city is still looking at options for flooring at the armory.

The council also approved January’s minutes, the bills and financial statements, the municipal judge’s report for January and the Job Development Authority budget for 2014.

A total of nine abatements and six homestead credit applications were approved. The 2013 year-end financial statements were approved.

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