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PAGE 16 14, 2016 By Jean Doran Matua, Editor Help set in immediately after the tornado swept through Wat- kins Monday evening, July 11. With the light of day Tues- day morning, volunteers came to help work, others brought food and water for the workers. There was so much help that it needed to be coordinated through the city office. Food was available Tuesday and Wednesday at the Village Hall for clean-up workers and volun- teers. The request now is for dona- tions of non-perishables to help residents in need. A community meeting was held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Village Hall to give information for resi- dents on the clean-up. Here is that information. Law enforcement presence Meeker County Sheriff Brian Cruze said law enforcement will be a presence in Watkins 2417 in the coming days, with roving patrols through town. Call the county for anything you need. Sign up for CodeRefl now If you're not already enrolled in the CodeRed system, do so now. You can do so through the Meeker County Facebook page or their website at co.meeker.mn.us. The county will send out alerts through CodeRed (to your cell phone, home phone, or email; you set it up how you want it). It's free, and you can change your settings at any time. The county is also posting information on its Facebook page. Disaster area An emergency council meeting Tuesday has declared Watkins an emergency disaster area. Debris pick-up schedule They hope to have trees and brush cleared away by the end of this week. Debris pick-up has been con- tracted with Tom Kraemer. Next week, Monday through Thursday, Fully anything you need hauled away should be put on the boulevard. There are four classifications of debris, and Tom Kraemer Inc. needs you to keep them separated for pickup: • Brush and compost-related items. They're working on clear- ing that out now. Bring any brush to your boulevard now, this week, and it will be picked up. • Construction material (win- dows, doors, sheetrock, roofing, insulation). This needs to be sep- arated from the other items for pick-up. • Garbage (furniture, cloth- ing, carpet, mattresses, boxes, toys; anything that's not part of the structure of the house). This needs to be in a separate pile from the other materials. • Items NOT available for pick-up are hazardous materials (tires, fluorescent light bulbs, TVs, electrical appliances, The city will have a detailed list of these items that cannot be picked up curbside Next week, Monday through Thursday, Tom Kramer Inc. will go through town to collect only two of these categories: construction materials, and trash. By then it is hoped that most of the brush will be picked up. The boulevard or right-of- way is about 10-12 feet into your property from the street. This is where you should put items for pick-up. Try not to obstruct side- walks, but remember that the con- tractor cannot go onto your prop- erty to get things for pick-up. They will only pick up items from the right-of-way. • Receive and pay your bills securely onrme, all in one place • Make payments anywhere, anytime, directly from your checking account • Track payment history and account balances at a glance • Save every month on stamps and checks • Guard against identity theft by receiving and paying bills online instead of by unsecured mail KIMBALL 398-3500 ST. AUGUSTA 251-6100 ATWATER 974-8861 KANDIYOHI 382-6100 W ww.harves tb ankmn.co The priority for this week is to get all brush cleaned up and picked up. The city will be divided into four quadrants. Each day next week, one of the quadrants will be the focus of debris pick-up. The next day will be another. The city office will have a schedule and list of who is in which quadrant and when their priority pick-up days will be. Beware contractor scams Beware of storm-chasing con- tractors. Sheriff Cruze said there are already disreputable contrac- tors in the county. Be careful of who you're using to contract ser- vices with. Don't become a victim. Use a local contractor that is licensed and insured. Ask for ref- erences. If they ask for money up-front, they are just here for your money and have no incentive to complete the job. The city office has a list of reg- istered contractors. Keep in mind that registration with the city does not mean the city approves or endorses them in any way. It's just an extra precaution against out-of- town scammers. The Central Minnesota Build- ers Association website (www. cmbaonline.org) can be help- ful in verifying a legitimate, local contractor. Food available for workers Sandy Hansen-Wolff has coor- dinated a community meal Tues- day and from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. or so Wednesday of this week at the Watkins Village Hall. All kinds of food has been donated by people wanting to help the community, and volunteers have organized it to feed all the workers in town help- ing with the clean-up. Attendees at the meeting were encouraged to send in their workers. They are now requesting dona- tions of non-perishable or per- sonal items as they're running out of space to store prepared food. Assistance for seniors Senior LinkAge Line has con- tacted Sandy to see if there are any seniors in the area in need of assistance. If you or someone you know has a need, please contact Sandy at AgVenture Feed & Seed, or the city office. Relief fund Sandy is looking into options for a bank fund to rerceive mone- tary donations to the community. Power to be restored Unless there is something bro- ken at a house, all parts of the city should have electricity by 5 p.m. drive July The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at Watkins Village Hall from 1-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 20. Walk-ins are always welcome, or call ahead for an appointment: Theresia at (320) 764-7251 or Betty at 764-9163. The pool's op_en, and the water is fine Call (320) 764-SWIM for open swim times at the Watkins Pool. The pool is open most days after lessons. the next ' ee day" at the b rhu day, JOy Sponsomd by theWatidns Chamber of free pool passes will be available at t ,vedo Feed & seed, Cenb'aSota eoog nash's Gas, and Tr ounty New (Seeadon page3.) Sign up for CodeRed All residents of Meeker County should sign up for the free emergency notification system the county has implemented. Go to the county's website (co. meeker.mn.us) or their Facebook page and sign up. It's easy, it's free, and it's totally under your control. You can change or stop it at any time. Emergency notifications can be sent to your cell phone, land line, or email; it's your choice. The county will use CodeRed to communicate with residents during this disaster clean-up period. Volunteer sign-up in Watkins If you are planning to volunteer in Watkins, please be sure to sign in with the city office. If you don't sign in, you aren't covered by the city's liability insurance. Disaster lists at city office The City of Watkins office has lists of registered contractors, and lists of what help residents need. If you need something that a volunteer can help with, sign up at the city office. 764-6400 Graduation open house This season's remaining grad open houses for local graduates are listed on page 7. Summer festivals • July 30 South Festival • july 31St Wendelin's bazaar • Aug. 6-7 Kraut 'N Wurst • tag 1345 Days • Aug. ZO Mkistenn e4ast (EXO Tuesday. Upcoming benefits Need-it list, Volunteer sign-up • July 15, Pork Chop Dinner (by The city is keeping a list of Grace Lutheran Church) at Kingston individuals who need some kind Comrrl~RyCenter of help. This way volunteers can • July 29, Steak by tbeLake direct their energies to those who (KbTII Wrestling B(xlsters) need their help. • July 31, St. Wendelin's bazaar, The city is also has a sign-up I.~rg list for volunteers. If you're com- • Aug.13, Antique Car Runin ing to Watkins to help, please sign in at the city office. If you are not • Aug.14, Cold Spring Knights of registered as a volunteer, you are breakfast (St. Boniface) not covered by the city's liability • Aug.20, Midsummer Blast in insurance. Make sure volunteers EflenValley coming onto your property have - Aug.27, Nest Fest for Eagles' signed in with the city first. Healing Nest (Sauk Centre) Need a place to stay? • SeptlS, Eden Valley Area Call the county if you need a tJhlaryfallfundraiser place to stay, if you can't stay in (See calendar on page 140 your home. The Red Cross has offered assistance in finding vol- Broadcast issue next unteer homes for those displaced week by the tornado. Contact us now if you have City of Watldns: 764-6400 something to be included in next Meeker County: 693-5400 week's Tri-County News, going SandyHansen-Wolff: 764-8910 out to 10,000+ readers! Emergency: 911 The next broadcast issue will be August 18,