Last evening’s Board of Public Works meeting began with Joe Story, representing Bronstead-Searl Legion Post 93, presenting a Certificate of Appreciation to the Public Works Department for their effort this winter. Story said their stellar effort during this snow filled winter was vital to the participation and advancement of the post.
In Mike Tolvstad’s director’s report, he says that crews have been busy with snow removal, which has been hard on a lot of the equipment. Tolvstad says they don’t know when the running water order would end, but he didn’t envision before April, as ground frost moves downward when it thaws. At this time the facility is running nearly 700,000 gallons daily rather than the usual 400,000 gallons.
The Board also discuss a pair of issues brought up by property owners in the city. The first dealt with a property adjacent to an alleyway on 2nd Street. Vehicle traffic often cuts the corner short and has occasionally struck the building. He requested a pole to deter that issue, which was approved. The second issue dealt with several properties experiencing flooding on Kings Road after a land improvement to a surrounding property that changed the water flow. The discussed various options including working with the properties owners to remove water and getting a direct connection into the storm sewer when the property owners remove water from their basements.
The Solid Waste and Recycling Committee had a discussion on improving recycling at the various special events that the city holds. No official action was taken as they will continue to gather information on how other city’s operate their garbage and recycling at similar events.
Licenses and Permits approved a lone operator license and a Class B license for the new VFW location. They also approved the applications for the Main Street Memories Car Show, 4th of Julyevents and the Thrilla on the Grilla. They laid over the Relay for Life application as they are still working out details.
The city’s finance committee approved their normal business. When the water and sewer financial report came up, questions were directed towards Mike Tolvstad regarding the water running in the city. He reiterated that the waterbills for this cycle will use the average use of past bills. He did mention that the use will be factored into a formula with the State Public Utility Commission that sets future rates.
No real discussion or action taken on either of the two old business items as there were no new developments.
Finally the Common Council wrapped up the evenings meetings, starting with a report from Tomahawk Main Street on the various happenings and financials. Mayor Lee gave his report and spoke highly of the Russian teacher that is currently visiting the Tomahawk School District. He provided her with a tour of city hall and the police department. The council approved an amendment to the ATV code which extends the route on 4th Street out to County Road A to connect with the routes approved last month. Finally they approved the Public Works Bargaining agreement for the various employees included.