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Citywide Cleanup Back on Schedule

By Staff | May 6, 2016

Citywide cleanup is back on the calendar, but with a change from years past.

Ward 4 Councilman Terry Wentz said that from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, May 20, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 21, Rugby residents can take metal and wood to the city shop, located at 211 4th Avenue NW.

Curbside pickup will not be done this year. Ward 1 Councilman Neil Lotvedt said that for city employees to go curb to curb during citywide cleanup cost the city $13,000 last year.

“There’s been abuses of this situation,” Lotvedt said.

Wentz said that of the $13,000 last year’s cleanup cost the city, $7,000-$8,000 was picking up household garbage added to citywide cleanup piles.

CHIP-SEAL PROJECT

The council met with Wade Senger, of Interstate Engineering, to discuss and accept bids for the city’s chip seal and pavement repair projects.

The council received bids from Astech Corporation, of St. Cloud, Minn., for $877,777, Morris Sealcoat, of Morris, Minn., for $960,973 and Bituminous Paving, of Ortonville, Minn., for $957,655.

Senger said that while the bids came in under the engineer’s estimate of $812,000 for the seal coat, the alternate bids for the pavement repair projects came in higher than the engineer’s estimate of $116,000. Senger said a reason for it is that usually streets are in worse condition, and while Rugby did have some trouble spots the streets were in better condition than most projects.

Ward 2 Councilman Gary Kraft asked how what areas needed to be fixed was determined. Senger said Interstate Engineering did an assessment, as did Wentz and Public Works Supervisor Rick Larson. After each assessment, material quantities needed for the project were increased.

Wentz said that some of the prices quoted in the alternate bid were “out of line”, citing an estimate of over $800 to adjust manholes when it would cost the city over $300 to do it.

The council voted to accept base bids on the seal coat, and table the alternate bid on pavement repair until an investigation into the subject could be completed.

GEOGRAPHICAL CENTER MONUMENT

The council met with Convention & Visitors Bureau* executive director Shelley Block, who said that two years ago it had been noticed that a rock was missing from the Geographical Center Monument on Highway 2. Block said the CVB called Kimball Masonry, of Minot, and Kimball found that rocks on the top of the monument were loose due to bad mortar and the structure could crumble.

Block said the monument was moved to its present location, near Rancho Grande Mexican Restaurant, over 40 years ago, however Block said the owners of the building said they do not own the monument nor know who does.

“Who owns the monument?” Block said.

City Auditor Elizabeth Heisey said monies the CVB receives from the Visitor Promotion and Capital Construction fund could go toward repairing the monument, however Block said that money is used for multiple things.

Council President and Ward 3 Councilman Jim Hoffert said the significance of the monument was “extremely hard” to deny.

“This is a drawing card to the city,” Hoffert said.

The council voted to partially fund monument repairs.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

PUBLIC SAFETY-The committee discussed narrow banding sirens; and increases in fire department insurance policies.

FINANCE-The committee discussed decreases in state aid, highway and sales tax revenues.

ORDINANCES/RECREATION-The committee discussed swimming pool maintenance; made Allison Schepp and Alex McClintock co-directors of the recreation program.

PUBLIC WORKS-The committee discussed repairs needed to city water wells; citywide cleanup; hiring of two seasonal employees

OTHER ACTIONS

The council approved a 4-month conditional license for 3rd Street Station to amend and expand its alcohol service area to include its patio.

The council approved gaming site authorizations for the Rugby Jaycees (I.C. Dubbles, 3rd Street Station) and the Rugby Amateur Hockey Association (Dakota Farms and Crooks Lounge).

The council approved a raffle permit for the Rugby Chamber of Commerce.

The council approved property tax exemptions on new constructions for Colton Eichele and Dave Herfendal.

The council approved a zoning variance for Daphne Haman.

The council approved the Job Development Authority Board minutes and the addition of Johnson Clinic Administrator Jeremiah Lindgren and i design owner Daunne Heilman to the board.

The council approved the April meeting minutes, bills, financial statements and Municipal Judge’s report.

*EDITED FROM PRINT EDITION- The Chamber of Commerce has nothing to do with the Geographical Center monument’s maintenance. (Updated 11:03 a.m. Monday)

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