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Council holds early meeting

By Staff | Mar 6, 2015

The Rugby City Council met late Monday afternoon in an early regular meeting.

The council approved a resolution to put out an open call for bids to any financial institution for general obligation bonds. The bonds – worth $500,000 – would go toward funding the new fire hall, which was previously funded through transfers from the city’s infrastructure fund to the fire reserve fund.

The council approved putting out a call for gravel bids.

The council approved a tax abatement for Ed Selensky for property belonging to the late Mary Selensky. Pierce County Tax Director Kelsey Siegler said the property was receiving homestead tax credits before Mary died, however now the property has become uninhabitable. The property has been devalued to $14,000 – $10,000 for the lot, $4,000 for demolition rather than gutting and remodeling.

The council tabled a late addition raffle permit, as more information was needed and City Attorney Bill Hartl was not present to approve or deny.

The council approved a proclamation of March 2-6 as National School Breakfast Week 2015.

The council approved the bills and financial statements, minutes of the February regular and special meetings and municipal judge’s report. Minutes of the Job Development Authority board’s last meeting were not approved, as there was no quorum.


Public Safety: Committee Chairman and Ward 2 Council Member Dave Bednarz said the police department hired a new officer; firefighters would be taking certification classes; Bednarz and Police Chief John Rose would be working on a weekly report for overtime hours, as they had been high for the past four months; Bednarz and Building Inspector Scott Craun were drawing up an application for sidewalk repair.

On the application, Ward 1 Council Member Neil Lotvedt questioned two items: the city providing 100 percent coverage of costs and a two-year warranty on sidewalks. The council voted to approve striking the 100 percent coverage, as costs would be split between the city and property owners, and to change the warranty term to one year.

Finance: The Finance Committee meeting was not discussed due to committee chairman and Ward 3 Council Member Jim Hoffert’s absence.

Ordinances/Rec: The Ordinance and Rec Committee rehired Alex McClintock and Bonnie Berginski as recreation manager and city pool manager, respectively. The committee will also revisit nuisance and tree ordinances.

Water/Streets/Sewer: Committee Chairman and Ward 4 Council Member Terry Wentz said Swanberg Construction’s upgrades at the water treatment plant were coming along, and that software updates from Rod Rock were ahead of schedule. The furnace at the plant has been repaired, air valves will be ordered and the 1990s air compressor is in order.

Personnel: The committee is drafting an alcohol and drug-free workplace policy, however it is not yet ready to present to the council.

Buildings/Property: Lotvedt said the fire hall is nearing completion however he was not pleased with the windows; more information will be needed on extending the sewer and water to the future site of Gooseneck Implement; Otter Tail will be providing power to the new lift station, however panels and other materials are still needed for it. A six-foot survey marker discrepancy in connecting Country Road to the Chalmers First Addition has been resolved.

– Tribune Staff Report

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