The Board of Public Works meeting began with an introduction of a new superintendent Dustin Bonack (Bow-Knock). They also approved a land donation at 329 Bradley Farm Road at no cost to the city. Mike Tolvstad discussed an article entitled Transportation Disinvestment, which describes how funding to road projects is likely to decrease in the future.
The North 4th Street Bridge project was announced as the winner of an Award of Merit for the utilities portion of the project. Tolvstad also mentioned they will like seal the cracks on the bridge with an epoxy next summer.
They spent some time discussing the remainder of North 4th Street project for the future and Somo Avenue. They hope to get on the DOT waiting list for that project for 2018-19. Once on the list, there is always the possibility of moving up should a spot open.
Money that would have been used to fix the Highway 86 railroad crossing is no longer available due to rules changes. And finally Tolvstad gave a quick update on the Bike lanes around the city.
The Licenses and Permits Committee approved 6 operator license renewals for two years, a new operator license for 1 year, and class B combination license for Krabby Karen’s on South Gate Drive.
The Solid Waste and Recycling Committee approved the purchase of 100 additional waste containers for $6,800. They also briefly discussed the 2013 budget, which is below last years levels.
The Finance Committee submitted ordinances for the 2013 budget and levy to the full council.
Expenditures are $4.1 million, a 12.9% increase. City revenue from property taxes would increase 11% from last year.
Chairman Roger Schlegal thank the committee and the department heads for their effort in getting the budget done.
The committee also laid over a resolution for an easement across city property on Green Box Road. The resolution included previous stipulations discussed regarding what the property owner must do.
The Common Council appointed 7 seats to the newly created Community Development Authority. Those appointed to the staggered terms are: Roger Schlaegel and Brian Viegut from the council and community members Joe Story, Bill Erickson, Rod Griel, Gregg Albert and Pat Haskin.
The council amended the building code ordinance to reflect a slight increase in permit fees. They also approved introduction for the 2013 budget and levy.
The final resolution was to file an intent to apply for the water supply system improvements project. Tolvstad stressed that it was an intent, and not an actual application. He likened it to a place holder.