12/27/2012 11:11:00 AM Library project nears completion
by Ken Haggerty
Cannon Falls Library Director Justin Padgett reported at the Cannon Falls City Council December 18 meeting that the construction of the new library is on time and should be wrapping up in January.
Padgett said the staff hopes to have the new library open to the public at the beginning of March. Construction crews are scheduled to turn the building over to the city on January 18. Over 73 percent of payments have been issued.
At the Council meeting, a few change orders were approved. An old footing was found on the site during excavation. Removal of that and other suitable fill added $3,300 to costs.
The electrical inspector required an updated meter socket with disconnect and additional service conductors. That added $6,500.
It was decided to approve a handicap door opener for $3,150. Removal of a tree added another $165.
City administrator Aaron Reeves said the contingency fund for the project was $65,000 and even with the approved change orders, less than half of that has been used.
An audit of cable franchise payments from 2007-2009 revealed the City was underpaid $6,473 by Mediacom. The audit cost the City about $4,000.
The Council approved a new audit for years 2006, 2010 and 2011.
The existing agreement calls for Mediacom to give the city five percent of gross revenues. A new contract is due for negotiations in the next few years, which was one reason for the audit.
Council member LeRoy McCusker said it seems like a terrible way for Mediacom to do business and that the city shouldn't have to monitor these payments.
The Council approved a new contract with the Police Union, LELS. The basics are in line with agreements with the other Unions, the 49ers and MAPE.
The two-year agreement calls for wage step increases per the contract formula. For veteran officers above the scale, a two percent annual increase was approved.
The wage scale starts out at $20.74 per hour and peaks at $25.30.
A high deductible option for city employees was dropped. It was the least used option. $50 a month donations previously made to the HSA of the two in the high deductible plan will now be applied toward their premium payments for one year as they transition to the more expensive plan.
The Cannon Falls Football Boosters donated $250 toward John Burch upkeep.
Outgoing Council Member Phil Hammes was recognized for his service.