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Thursday, June 13, 2013 News 17 South Haven to fill council vacancy, plans S.H. Days ByJeanDoranMatua, editor municipal liquor store. The Sat- 2012. At its June 4 meeting, theSouth urday 11 a.m. parade and other City council member Anthony Haven City Council received a events will be scheduled as in pre- Stanley resigned his council seat grant from CenterPoint Energy for vious years. The dates are July 26 effective June 15 as he is mov- $2,500 for the fire department for and 27. ing out of the city. He was first 'equipment: SCBA (self-contained Two refrigerators and a micro- appointed to fill a vacancy and breathing apparatus) air bottles wave have been installed at the then has been re-elected; he has and GPS units, new city hall/community center, served 10 years on the council. Plans for South Haven Days are The city received a "clean The councilcan appoint a replace- under way. There will be a street audit report" from its auditors, ment for the term that expires in dance, and a band will play at the Burkhardt & Burkhardt, Ltd., for December 2014. Kimball to receive new rescue truck ByIean Doran Matua, editor the short-term, the communities served by the At its June 4 meeting, the Kim- The city changed its cell department; most of the cost is ball City Council agreed to pro- phone coverage from Sprint tofrom the department's gambling ceed with part 2 of the Wellhead AT&T because of poor reception, revenues. (Watch for a story here Protection Plan. The program is phones that don't work, and poor soon.) to protect the quality of drinking customer service. This affected The Fire Department has water in the city of Kimball. police department phones which added two trailers to its fire train- Building inspector Scott Qualle often dropped calls; Sprint'sing facility (near the waste water asked the council for reasons why only response to the city's com- irrigation fields). They now have his firm is being replaced at the plaints had been to say "we have six trailers for training Kimball end of their contract; the council bad towers." The switch to AT&T and other area fire departments. had no definitive answers for him has already been made, and all This provides needed training iexcept that they were "going in a are pleased with the service and not available with routine house- different direction." reception, burns. : Roger Stewart's bid of $825 Paul Degree, representing The city's cell phone policynow for the old police squad car was COLA (Chain of Lakes Associa-includes a reimbursement of $25 accepted; it was the only bid tion) asked about phase 2 of the per month for use of personal cell received, city's stormwater project with phone for department heads and The city is advertising for lease Clearwater River Watershed Dis- employees required to have a cell of its irrigated land On the east side trict. Their concern is the cost to phone, if they opt to use their own of the city. The fields are irrigated homeowners in COLA. The court- phone rather than a city-issued by waste water when the ponds cil explained that there is no cost phone. are full. The lease comes up for to homeowners, that it is being The next meeting of the Kim- renewal every five years, paid for with grant money, ball City Council is Tuesday, Hard Drives will patch potholes The Fire Department has a lulyl6;theJuly2meetinghasbeen on Maus Drive and then do an new rescue truck coming soon.cancelled because of its proximity overlay. This is a temporary solu- Only about $10,000 of the cost of to July4. tion that should be passable for this truck will be shared among Eden Valley road work still delayed, moving forward By Jean Doran Matua, editor publicizing the site's availabil- The council approved all three Kent Louwagie of Bolton & ity to thepublic. They will raise residential building requests as Menk, the city's engineering frm, the money to install the needed recommended by the Planning & told the Eden Valley City Council cement slab on which the con-Zoning Committee: moving a deck at its June 5 meeting that there is tainer will be placed, and use local and removing a porch, installing a no bid date yet for planned road contractors to install it. They will wood shed, and building a home. and water/sewer work on High- host a grand opening when theThe city will hold a special elec- way 22. He explained that every- time comes, fion Tuesday, Sept. 10, from noon thing is ready to go, pending Carlson explained that this will to 8 p.m. to fill the vacancy left by MnDOT approval of the project; be their sixtieth site in the 20-some Eric Reetz who moved out of state. they've had the paperwork since years that First Fuel Banks has A number of activities are the first week of March but have been doing this. She believes it is being planned for Valley Daze - not yet given the go-ahead. Once a good fit for the high school Car- extra ones to make up for having they receive MnDOT approval, the bon Cutters program, as they had to cancel the parade this year request for bids must be published approached her for this. because of anticipated road con- three consecutive weeks, then Dean Headlee of CenterPoint struction. There will be street clo- they can open bids. It could take a Energy presented a check for sures as needed for these events, week or so, Louwagie says, to exe- $2,400 to the city as part of the but there should be no problems cute a contract. He fully expects company's million-dollar Corn- with any of them. Valley Daze will the project to begin yet this sum: munity Partnership Grant pro-again begin with a familyoori- mer, and sees no obstacles once gram. The funds will be used to ented kick-off in Watertower Park approval is received from MnDOT. purchase 800mHz radios for the Thursday evening, June 20. (See Patty Carlson of First Fuel Fire Department. ad on page 9 for a full list of events Banks came with Jonathan EdenLakeTownshipagainasked and activities during Valley Daze.) Morales, the YES! program coot- the city to allow township residents The SpeakEasy bar and restau- dinator, to answer questions to use the city's compost facility, rant has been purchased and will about a proposed oil recycling Concerns still exist about the facil- reopen some time in July. Their depository for the city. As part of ity's capacity. The city suggested liquor license has been apl~roved, the~high school's Carbon Cutting they look into alternative sites in pending completion of all the group, it is proposed to have an the township, but has not yet said appropriate paperwork. The name oil deposit container at the city "no" to their requesttousethecity's will remain the same. maintenance building. The stu- facility. It was pointed out-that sev- The city's insurance has inves- dents would monitor the site, and eral township residents are already tigated a claim by a neighbor of First Fuel Banks would be respon- using the facilityanyway. Thetown- the ballfield about damage to their sible for emptying it and perform- ship is willing to pay any additional home and property; it was deter- ing any clean-up needed. Carlson costsforusingthefacility;costsnow mined that the city is not negli- explained that there is no cost to are estimated at $2,800 per year for gent. the city for this, and that the pro- manpower and $1,000 per year for Police Chief Ernie Junker con- posed above-ground system is equipment, tinues to give alcohol-server train- more cost-effective now than the Brenda Rivera of Canadian ing for bars, the fire department, below ground system in Kimball, Pacific Railway attended the meet- and other vOlunteers who may for instance, ing along with Bob Reardon (CP serve alcohol at events. The new The city's attorney has sug- Rail Police) and Dale Buckholtz police car is here; it is still being gested that the site should be (CP Rail hazmat coordinator),fitted withequipment. located on school property. The They presented information about The next meeting, of the council will look further into this the overall safety of rail traffic Eden Valley City Council will be before agreeing to the site on city going through town, and offered a Wednesday, July 3. property. "Railroad 101" class on hazardous Carlson explained that First materials, security, frefighting, Fuel Banks pays for the $20,000 and safety. The course would be container, for all hazardous waste taught in Eden Valley, at the coun- removal and clean-up, and for cil'sdiscretion. Terri Heinecke of CenterPoint Energy presented a check for $2,500 to the City of South Haven for purchase of equipment for the fire department. This is part of CenterPoint Energy's million-dollar Community Partnership Grant program. Staff photo by Marguerite Laabs. Patty Carlson of First Fuel Banks showed the Eden Valley City Council a model of the above-ground used oil collection container they hope to install for the city and surrounding residents to use. The new Eden Valley Police vehicle has arrived. It is still being fitted with radio and other equipment and is not yet in routine service. It was a long time coming, but Police Chief Ernie Junker is pleased with it so far. Staff photos by Jean Doran Matua. Civil War/From page 16 1st Regiment Minnesota Cav- Edgeville Pike, Tenn., until June airy "Mounted Rangers" - Orga- 23, 1863." nized at St. Cloud, St. Peter and 3rd Battery, Minnesota Light Fort Snelling for frontier duty Artillery - Organized at Fort Snel- against Indians until June 16, 1863. ling, Minn., from the enlisted men Brackett's Battalion of Minne- of the 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th sota Cavalry - On expedition to Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Lebanon, Tenn. Regiments. On duty at Fort Snel- 1st Minnesota Light Artilleryling untilJune 16, 1863. Battery - On duty during siege of 2nd United States Sharpshoot- Vicksburg, Miss., until July 4, 1863. ers, Company A - Left Falmouth, 2nd Independent Battery, Min-Va., on June 11, en route to Gettys- nesota Light Artillery - Partici- burg, Pa. pated in operations around the