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Thursday, August22,2013 $'2 _tvtr _t. tvt . t Pat 17 Tri-C South Haven city council appoints new member: Annette Gunnerson Bylean Doran Matua, editor will work with Mayor John Lemke $2,200. The department received water tower. Turns out it's not tall The South Haven City Coun- overseeing streets and parks., their first quote for a new pumper enough, so they'd like to lease a cil met Aug. 6. In their consent Wright County Commissioner truck. 100xl00 square foot piece of land agenda, they approved a $300 Chris Husom attended the meet- Awater hydrant at the corner of near the wastewater pond at $500 commitment in 2014 to the Ini- . ing to update the council on Oak and Railroad Avenues needs a month, with a 12-month con- tiative Foundation; approved: county efforts. County meetings to be replaced; the valve is bad, tract. The council approved this, the 2014-15 police contract with soon will be viewable online (live- and it is too old to be repaired. The and they await an answer from Wright County Sheriff's Depart- streamed); many county records cost will be about $4,500, and the AT&T. ment at $62.50 per hour in 2014 are being put online, including the street may need to be dug up to 2014 LGA (local government and $64.50 per hour in 2015; and county budget. The council asked make the replacement. The water aid) for South Haven will be approved transfer of $4,000 again about delays in tax forfeitures by tower needs to be cleaned and $35,496, up from $32,626 in 2013. this year from the South Haven the county, sometimes for several inspected. South Haven Days were Fire Dept. to the South Haven Fire years. The Community Hall passed deemed to be a success. They hope Relief Assoc. to cover administra- The Municipal Liquor Store final inspection, and the final to get even more community par- tire expenses, needs a new roof, and the cooler payment was made to Liman Post ticipation next year. The council appointed Annette either needs to be repaired or & Beam for construction. Six new The next meeting of the South Gunnerson to fill the seat vacated replaced, tables have been purchased for Haven City Council will be Tues- by Tony Stanley. Her term will be There were seven rescue and the hall. Fire extinguishers will be day, Sept. 4; the 2014 levy and bud- fromAugust 2013 through Decem- four fire calls in July. The Fire installed soon. get will be discussed then. ber 2014. Gunnerson has served Dept. will purchase new uniform AT&T looked into installing on the council in the past, and she coats for everyone, at a cost of a cell tower on the South Haven Eden Valley-Watkins School Board reviews construction work, strategic plan Bylean Doran Matua, editor new security cameras at the high its construction project on High- trict will raise prices 5 cents each At itsAug. 14 meeting, the Eden school were not working prop- way 22, the high school will need year until it is caught up with Valley-Watkins School Board erly; theymaybe replaced, and the to relocate a sewer line that was the state minimum (which will approved the student and staff wiring has been adjusted so that temporarily installed under the increase too, so there may never handbooks for the 2013-14 school everything will work correctly, new gym. The estimated cost last be a catch-up point). year. Superintendent Mark Mess- year was said to be $150,000; at a- Community Education needs Building projects are moving man summed up the construction meeting two weeks ago with the new board members. The next forward on schedule. The most project, saying that ofthe $9.6 mil- City, they were told it could cost meeting is at 7 p.m. Monday, visible one, at the high school, will lion project, $9.4 million of it went $177,000. Oct. 14, at the district board room. be landscaping that will be done great. He said it was well planned Messman praised the board The district will have sur- later this month. The Eden Valley and well designed, and all those who participated in plus items to be sold, with bids Elementary cafeteria floor is being One problem area that has not the strategic planning meetings. It accepted for larger items and the re-done. The air handler is being yet been resolved is the new gym- was a big effort, with a lot of data remainder being sold garage sale- installed at Watkins Elementary, nasium floor in the southeast cor- resulting from it, and all without style. and the boilers and hot water ner; it;s tight against the wall, and using a high-paid consultant (as The board is looking into refi- heater already installed; every- became wavy when the school's many districts do). The informa- nancing its 2004 bond; that could thing at the Watkins school should air handler was down for two days. tion gathered is being condensed save the district $326,000 over be completed this week. The subcontractor is not con- and processed, and will be made the remaining life of the bond, or The sound system is up and cerned about it but, as Messman available to staff and the commu- about $44,000 per year. working well at the high school, pointed out, the school invested a nity. The next meeting of the EV-W with other parts of the stage being lot in precautionary measures and Prices for breakfast and lunch School Board will be at 6:30 p.m. installed now. Automated door the floor shouldn't be wavy. at the EV-W schools are substan- Monday, Aug. 26 (changed from locks at the high school are all Now that the City of Eden Val- tially lower than the state mini-. Aug. 26 because ofthe school open installed and working. Five of the ley is able to move forward with mum, at $1.70 vs. $2.93. The dis- house that evening). Car/bicycle crash near Paynesville Friday, Aug. 16, at 9:12 a.m., the Stearns County Sheriff's Office was called to the intersection of County Road 16and 293 Avenue, approximately 2 miles north of Paynesville, Zion Township, to a reported car / bicycle crash with injuries. Josie Magnan, age 22, was driving a 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix southbound on 293 Avenue when she approached the controlled intersection with County Road 16. Magnan continued through the intersection southbound with- out stopping at the stop sign, and struck the bicyclist, Gerald John- son, age 55, of Bemidji, who was traveling westbound on County Road 16. Paynesville Fire & Res- cue, Paynesville Ambulance and LifeLink were also dispatched to the call. Upon arrival, Johnson was given medical treatment and airlifted to the St. Cloud hospi- tal by LifeLink. Magnan was also given medical treatment and left the scene by private party. Ger- ald Johnson was participating in day 2 of the "Bicycle Around Min- nesota" tour traveling from Albany to Spicer, Minn. It's EASY to renew or subscribe! By mail, phone, fax web, or e-mail. (See order form on page 18.)