The Randolph City Council unanimously awarded the mowing bid to DRM Lawn Care at its May 8 meeting.
This is the second year that DRM Lawn has been awarded the bid.
"I think we should just stick with Mike (Mechavich). He did a good job for us last year," Council member Marie Jacob said. "He did what he said he was going to do and then some."
In total, three mowing bids were submitted this year, but all council members were in favor of continuing its services for $475 per month with DRM Lawn Care, which includes mowing, trimming, spring and fall clean up, weed control, fertilizing and sprinkler system maintenance.
Mayor Robert Appelgren presented a bid he received from Bargen Incorporated for chip sealing the streets.
Sealing will be done on Davisson Avenue from 292nd street up to the end, 290th street from Davisson Avenue to Danel Avenue, and Danel Avenue from 292nd street to the end.
The total cost for the work will be $16,995. The council unanimously approved Bargen Incorporated's bid.
Water tower inspection
The council approved KLM Engineering Inc.'s bid for the water tower inspection pending Benny Svien's approval of the wording of the contract.
Water Manager Dean Sathre explained to the council that this contract leaves the city responsible for disposal and any breaks on the water tower during the inspection. Therefore, Sathre and Svien would like to rework the contract before accepting it.
"You come and you're going to do something, then you leave it the way you found it," Sathre said.
The council agreed that the city should not be responsible for all the disposal and replacement of any broken parts. So, the council is waiting for a new contract to be drawn up and agreed on.
A Randolph resident informed the council that the dog ordinance for the town needed to be addressed.
Mayor Appelgren told the resident that the only thing he could tell him to do was to call the sheriff.
The resident said that he had tried that route, but the sheriff said there was nothing they could do, since Randolph did not have a pound.
The council said it would work on this problem and figure something out.
Trevor Drake approached the council again this month about building a pole building.
Drake, who was denied a permit for building a pole building two months ago, told the council that he spoke with his neighbors and none of them had a problem with him building a pole shed garage.
The council explained that this did not matter.
"It's the ordinance that was put in," council member Paul Cassidy said. "I built a garage five years ago. I couldn't build a pole shed."
Drake questioned the council about the ordinance, because he said it did not say anything in the ordinance about pole buildings.
Mayor Appelgren explained that Drake could build a pole building if he wanted, but the outside of the building had to match the exterior of his house.