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........ Ice fishing shelter removal dates approaching Deadlines for removing fish houses, dark houses and porta- ble shelters from state waterways are rapidly approaching, accord- ing to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Dates of removal are deter- mined by an east-west line formed by U.S. Highway 10, east along Highway 34 to Minnesota Hwy. 200, east along Highway 200 to U.S. Highway 2, and east along Highway 2 to the Minnesota- Wisconsin border. Shelters located south of this line must be removed by the end of the day Monday, March 7. Shelters located north of this line must be removed by the end of the day Monday, March 21. DNR officials said if shelters are not removed, owners will be pros- ecuted and structures may be con- fiscated and removed, or destroyed by a conservation officer. After removal dates, shelters may remain on the ice between midnight and one hour before sunrise only when occupied. Storing or leaving shelters on a public access is prohibited. Check ice thickness. Ice con- ditions can vary greatly, and anglers should know about the different types and characteris- tics of ice. Slush shows weakening of ice and should be considered a danger sign. If ice at the shore- line is cracked or squishy, peo- ple should stay off. People: should not go on the ice during thaws. Honeycombed ice, dark snow and dark ice should be avoided. (from page 1) PAGE lo5 February 25, the Watkins ballpark as and out of the house, and some pool manager, have not yet been Public Works report Water/sewer connection fees believe the building is so full of returned. They will again request Geislinger recommends patch- After comparing the water/ junkand garbage that no one can their return, allowing 30 days ing the roof at the Watkins Pool sewer connection fees in Watkins get in anyway, before they are considered to be for this year, as it is not yet leaking to other local communities, the A letter has been sent to one stolen, through; he feels the patchwork council unanimously agreed to other property in town in much Moving van parking on streetcould get them through another adjust the fees they charge. The need of repair, but the letter has A resident on Meeker Ave. will year. He also recommends run- new fee is $1,750 each for water not been picked up nor has it been be moving and has requested ning the kiddie pool heater for and for sewer connection, which returned, approval to park a moving van or another year; replacement cost covers connecting from the water The city attorney's concern is pod on the street. Public Works is about $4,000, and it can be or sewer main up to the property that all properties in the city are director Steve Geislinger reported replaced earlier than next year, if line only. Connecting from there treated the same, that none is sin- that it shouldn't be a problem, needed. to a new house is up to the prop- gled out for more stern treatment, that there's little chance of it sink- He talked with Forest Prairie erty owner to pay the city, at actual The council believes that they are ing into the blacktop in March. Township about sharing the cost. The total, then, for Watkins handling property complaintsThe council will approve this for a expense of repairs to 667th Street water/sewer connection is $3,500 seriously and fairly, fixed number of days, most likely (from Highway 55 north about a as compared to $2,000 in EdenParentLink notification system 7-10 days. half mile to the railroad tracks). Valley (although they plan soon Although all seemed to be inSolar garden consideration The township did one mile of to increase it), $2,500 in Litchfield, favor, the counciltabled adecision The city has been approachedroad repair last year at a cost of $4,750 in Kimball, and $7,100 in to join the ParentLinknotification by Geronimo Energy solar energy $263,000, and they may not have Cold Spring. The previous rate in system to be shared with the Eden in Watkins. It is unclear whether the budget this year to do another Watkins was higher at $5,000 total, Valley-Watkins School District, Geronimo is requesting the con- major repair (it would cost the city but no one has been charged at until a cost estimate can be put struction of a solar garden in and township about $75,000 each) . that rate. The new rates are effec- together. There is no cost to use the Watkins, or simply that the city The county did crack repair last tire now, and the city's fee sched- system, but there will be some cost subscribes to one in order to save year, and the city may do the same ule will be changed accordingly. It to get it set up through the school, on energy bills. The council will this year as needed in the spring. is hard to come up with an appro- The city will request a cost sheet request that an individual repre- The south pump has been priate connection fee rate, as costs from Denise DeJuliannie at the senting the company come to a replaced again, and within a few vary from one property to the school; she would contract with council meeting and make a pre- days the seal was leaking already. next; but the council felt this new the city for time to do the set-up, sentation. There was some con- It has to be returned to Baxter and rate is both fair and will cover the Pool start-up, manager cern that this may be the same it will be about three weeks to get city's cost. The council agreed to interview company that came through a few a new seal. Dilapidated house the two applicant~ for pool man- years ago promoting wind energy Geislinger has checked the There has been no action in ager received thus far, and also to (that never panned out). manholes at Barrier Technology months, either by the city or by the re-advertise for the position. The Conferences and all is clean (there had been a property owner, on a dilapidated poolmanagerjob runs from April 1 The council approved the city problem of silica-like materials house in Watkins. The council will through Sept. 15, but time is run- clerk, Deb Kramer, attending the leaking out of the plant into the wait to hear from the city's attor- ning short to find and hire the Clerks' Conference March 15-18, at city's sewer, but that seems to be hey on wording of a letter to the manager. The job will be salaried, a cost of $285. They also approved resolved now). property owner. Councilmember assetforthbythecouncillastyear, the clerk plus someone from The next meeting of the Marc Wirz reported that there may The first task of the pool manager Public Works to attend the Safety Watkins city council will be at 7 be a new front door on the house, willbe to hire water safetyinstruc- & Loss Control Workshop in April, p.m. Thursday, March 10. A pub- but otherwise nothing else seems tors. The council also is concerned at a cost of $20 each. lic forum time is included at each to have been touched. 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