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home : government : government December 17, 2014

6/13/2014 9:39:00 PM
318th under estimate

by Ken Haggerty

The Cannon Falls city council got good news on bids for the 318th Street improvement project at its June 3 meeting.

Six bids were received to pave the gravel road that runs east from the Frontier Ag John Deere dealership to the new County 24 currently under construction.

Hardrives, Inc., Rogers, MN was the low bid at $118,000. Bids ranged up to $168,000. Project budget estimate was $154,000.

Work is expected to be done in next two months.

Street work by First English

Consulting city engineer Greg Anderson, SEH, Inc., said the new water curb, gutter and street work for 2nd Street SW (by First English) is estimated at $75,000.

Normally, the Council has been assessing twenty percent of this cost to benefitting property owners, but the work may have been done within the last twenty years and ordinance prohibits the city to assess for more than one project within twenty years.

Staff thought the work was done in either '94 or '95 but was going to check records and clarify the ordinance language before the next meeting on June 17.

The city had previously decided to pick up the water main repair costs to hasten those repairs. The water main was not replaced at the time of the most recent work mid-90s and was buried at only about five and a half feet, which contributed to freezing problems this past winter, said Anderson.

Sewer lines are in the alley in that neighborhood and are not part of the current repair scope.

New ATV for Fire Dept.

The Council approved a request for the CFFD to buy a new Polaris Ranger ATV for grass firefighting and off-road rescue. Quote from Cannon Power Sports was for $16,287. The CFFD will look to sell its '07 Kawasaki Mule (estimated worth $5,000).

The CFFD has its own equipment fund. A new donation of $500 from Gemini to the fund was approved at the meeting.

A donation of $50 from Lynn Carpenter to the ambulance and police was also approved,

City workers recognized

The Council recognized city employees for years of service. A new policy on recognition went into place this year, which is why some six-year awards are included this time:

Five years: Tom Bergeson, Public Works; Don Doehling, Public Works; Mike Gesme, IT/Cable; Ted Hartgers, Public Works; Justin Padgett, Library.

Six years: Mike Althoff, Ambulance; Wes Anway, Public Works; Dave Maroney, Community Planning; Dave TerBeest, Police; Karen Trierweiler, Police.

Ten years: Michelle Sandeen, Administration.

Fifteen years: Chuck Peterson, Public Works.

25 years: Judy Miller, Library.

Absentee voting judges

Council also approved the new absentee voting judges panel, run by Goodhue County, as required by the State:

Sheila Goering, Cyndee Marcus, Carolyn Holmsten, Micki O'Keefe, Kristine Holst, Erin Poncelet, Amy Hove, Terri Swanson.

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