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Thursday, August l5, 2013 Le00als Government Page 23 Tri-Coun News www. tricountynews rnn By Iean Doran Matua, editor In the consent agenda at its July 16 meeting, the council approved: gambling permit for Kimball Legion Club Sept. 11; dance license for Kimball Fire Relief Assoc. for Aug. 10 (street dance during Kimball days); tem- porary liquor license for Kimball Fire Relief Assoc. Aug. 8-10 (during Kimball Days); shut off delinquent utilities July 18; approve minutes of June 4 council meeting, June 17 employee meeting, and July 11 employee meeting; accept resigna- tion of Laurie Bisila from Kimball Fire & Rescue Dept.; approve hiring of Josh Eastridge for Kimball Fire & Rescue Dept.; extension of licensed premise for Main Street Pub (dur- ing Kimball Days). The City of Kimball and Kim- ball Fire & Rescue Department acknowledged the retirement of Cary Maus from the department. Kimball Fireman's Relief Assoc. (Dennis Beck) proposed a bene- fit increase to $950/year, effective Jan. 1, 2014. Chief Jim Frilstad presented the Kimball police report. He discussed parking along Hazel Avenue for ball- games at the high school. He will attend the school board meeting the next evening to discuss the parking issue with them. He also discussed replacement 0fthe squad car. Dave Dockendorf was present, representing Kim-Haven Apart- ments to discuss handicap parking at the apartments. The city's engineer, Randy Sab- art, was there to discuss lack of grass growth in some areas after work done by contractors; he will follow up with the contractor to amend those situations. He also is working with the contractor on a punch list and corrections needed to finish up the project. Dennis Beck representing the Kimball Fireman's Relief Associa- Kimball council gets new building inspector, awards land rent contract, hears fence dispute tion asked for an increased benefit, placed along the fence behind her from $875/year to $950/year of ser- vice; this was approved. The council approved $13,575 for a study of drainage on Maus Drive. Jeff Orbeck from KimBuilt Pro- pane spoke to the council about his building project. He said that Scott Qualle from MNSpect has visited his site four times since posting the stop-work order and he is "wast- ing everyone's money." The council will check into it. The council approved renew- ing the auditing contract for 2013- 17 with CliftonLarsonAllen. The city hall siren is being repaired, and they will obtain quotes to wire the generator to the water plant. The council voted to make Inspectron Inc. the building offi- cial/inspector for the City of Kim- ball, and to sever its relation- ship with MnSpect, both effective immediately upon signing a con- tract with Inspectron. At the Aug. 6 meefin the council opened bids for the irrigated land. Five bids were received, ranging fix)m $60 per acre to $135 per acre. Bids were from Josh Pmmann, Dan Dahnke, Jerry Spoden, Chad Jansky, and Dennis Libbesmeier. The current tenant, Rich Jansky, was given right of first retinal, according to his current contract. He has rented the land for 15+ years, and made improve- ments to it. He accepted a five-year con- tract at the high bid of $135 per acre. fin future, the cotmcil agreed the contract should only be for two years at a time.) lansky Farms will have to comply with whatever limitations are placed on the land as to crops (forage vs. row crops) by theMPCA. Karl Dahlinger bought a house on Hazel Ave. E. two years ago, behind Arnold's of Kimball. She complained about piles of tires (which were removed immedi- ately), pallets, and other debris property. It was suggested that Arnold's could store such materials in an enclosed area not visible from adjoining homes. Inspectron is the new build- ing ispector for the City of Kimball, effective immediately, even though the MNSpect contract is not yet expired. Their first call would be Aug. 7 at KimBuilt so that they can proceed with exterior work being done there now. KimHaven Apartments needs to expand their parking, especially handicap parking. It was suggested that using Oak Street or Linden Ave- nue was not appropriate for hand- icap parking because of their inac- cessibility to the main door of the apartments. Other options will be discussed and pursued. CP Rail has offered the city $50,000 to close the railroad cross- ing at Cherry Street; MnDOT has offered another $25,000. This road is the main access to Matt Knans' home (but nothing else). The city will meet with Knaus to discuss alternative access to his property. Work has been done to replace a ball field at the school with a park- ing lot. There was discussion with the city's engineer about the plans there. Because it is a low area, the engineer says, it will always be soft. The land area is less than I acre, so it is exempt from stormwa- ter treatment, but it still needs a Con- ditional Use Permit which was not obtained. The engineer is concerned about usability of the soft land, and water quality with silt-laden runoff. He will spell out his recommenda- tions for the school district. "The drainage and the hydrol- ogy we have to deal with is signif- icant," said Randy Sabart, the city's engineer. Grass areas that are not grow- ing after construction will be cor- rected in mid-August to mid- I Cary Maus (right) was presented a gift by mayor Tammy Konz at the July 16 council meeting in honor of Maus' retirement after 30 years on the Kimball Fire & Rescue Department. Staffphoto by Nicole Doran. September. This is the last punchlist issue after the latest con- struction project. The council will meet at 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19 to discuss a Spe- cial Assessment Hearing for the construction project that is now completed. Police chief Jim Frilstad pre- sented his report. They are look- ing into a new squad car. They have received complaints of burn- ing pallets and brush inside the Scheeler Addition in town. The owner, Kuechle Underground, is burning parts of a mobile home there as well, and the smoke some- times drifts into town. The council voted to approve the new ordinance codification for the city. It was prepared by the city attorney's office, and is all on CD so EV council considers fence fight, will fill two council vacancies Allen Foss, new owner of the SpeakEasy bar/restaurant, was asked by police chief Junker to remove two tables and six chairs that he had put on the sidewalk as a smoking area for customers. Foss does not want smokers to huddle around the front door, and mea- sured the distance from the center of the street. The sidewalk there may be the widest in the city, and there should be room. But there is a city ordinance against "sidewalk caf6s;" it was unclear to Junker what the purpose of the tables and chairs was. One option is to relocate the tables and chairs to the parking area to the west of the building. The city will check with their attorney about what kind of indemnification would be needed, and Foss will comply with whatever the city needs. In the midst of preparing for a special election, state election laws changed Aug. 1, and the city must now comply with the new laws. Absentee ballots must be processed by the city with at least two trained judges; city hall must be open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, for absentee voting. The cost of print- ing ballots and programming will be higher than anticipated, but the city only has to program one Auto- mark voting machine. The Chain of Lakes Fire District presented the city with new appor- tionment agreements. The Luxem- burg Township portion will send 2 percent more to Chain of Lakes from what had gone to Eden Valley Fire Dept. (from 11 percent to 9 per- cent); a similar decrease was pre- sented to the City of Watkins. The city was notified that LGA (Local Government Aid) for 2014 went up substantially, to $276,647, an increase of $48,548 over 2013. Because of the bad storm on the night of June 23, Valley Daze could not have their fireworks and pedal tractor pull. These have been rescheduled to Friday evening, Aug. 30. Registration for the pedal pull is at 6:30, next to the Event Center (unless construction interferes with the location), with the pull starting at 7. Fireworks will be that evening. There will be a workshop meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, for the council to work on the budget. Chief Junker reported that the computer is now in the new police vehicle, and everything works fine. Public Works director Jim council member, with the implica- tion being that they should know and behave better. At a special meetingAug. 1, the city officially awarded the bid for High- way 22 construction work to Kuechle Underground of Kimball. Theirs was the low bid, at $3,078,483.77, of six bids received July 16; the highest bid was $4,419,108.70. The next step is a pre-construction meeting. CP Rail work will be done in coordination with Kuechle. Jack Kuechle spoke on behalf of the Fire Relief Association to request more money for their pen- sions. Retired firefighters now receive $3,500 per year, and they would like an increase of $1,500 to $5,000 per year. They request a $10 per member per monthly meeting payment be put into their retirement fund. There are 25 active members eligible. This was approved, with councilman Dan Thielen abstaining. A group representing the Church Street neighborhood pre- sented a petition to the council to have access to the city/school ballfield re-routed so that the vol- ume of speeding and careless traf- fic avoids their neighborhood. They said that those who live on the street obey the 20 m.p.h, speed limit, but athletes and fans "come whipping around the corner," even as school buses are offloading chil- dren. The issue will be revisited before school starts. Baseball sea- son is over, and there are only four home football games each season. "Compared to baseball, foot- ball, yeah, kids are much more important," said mayor Korman. By Jean Doran Matua, editor The Eden Valley city council met Wednesday, Aug. 7, for its reg- ular meeting, but the council was two short of its usual four mem- bers. Eric Reetz had resigned in April because he was moving out of state. Cheryl Thielen resigned by e-mail in July, effective Aug. 1; she also may have moved out of town. A special election had already been scheduled for Sept. 10 to fill Reetz' council spot. Three candi- dates (Robert Bischof, Jeff Brad- shaw, and Daniel Schmitt) have filed for that election. A new spe- cial election must be scheduled to fill Thielen's spot; that will be in January 2014. The largest portion of time at this meeting was taken up discuss- ing two neighbors fighting over a small portion of fence and a prop- erty line. It's come to putting up a string line, demanding lawn be mowed (but refusing access to that part of the lawn), arguing about who has the "right" and "wrong" side of the fence facing them, and turning to the city's planning and zoning committee for resolution. The council agreed that the location of the fence is grandfa- thered in because it was an exist- ing fence, so the fence owner does not need to move it 3 feet inside the property line, as demanded by the neighbor. In fact, the neighbor could lose a few inches since the property line was determined to be further into his property than he had thought. Mayor Pete Korman compared the feud to "Grumpy Old Men," adding that one is a former mayor and the other is a former it can easily be kept updated. The city's amended budget is $1,038 lower than planned. There will be a special meet- ing of the council at 7 p.m. Tues- day, Aug. 27, to prepare for a pub- lic hearing on the budget in September. The council approved a ciga- rette license for Casey's Stores, the new owner of Schmidty's Tesoro and convenience store. Chad Grunewald had requested July 16 that he be allowed to build a garage with an apartment above it before building a house on the lot he owns in the Scheeler Addition. The council decided Aug. 6 that this would not meet the ordinances (including a minimum size of liv- ing space of 800 sq. ft.) and would not be allowed. Rademacher reported that the city received a 50:50 matching grant for water tower safety from the MN Dept. of Labor & Industry. The city's portion is $3,790 to purchase a harness cable and clasps for safely accessing the water tower. The former SSR storage build- ing and Eden Valley Implement site have been purchased. The new owner is asking for city water/ sewer hook-ups, at his expense. The Eden Valley water tower was being repainted as the Aug. 7 meeting started. It is on a schedule for cleaning every two years, and painting every 10 years. There are some additional repairs needed, including patching a hole that may have been caused by the light- ning strike last June. All necessary repairs will be made at this time. Eden Valley water tower gets a new coat of (silver) paint. A few re- welds and patching a hole, possibly caused by June's lightning strike, and she's good to go. Staffphoto by Jean Doran Matua.