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.......... ............... www.tricountynews.mn A I I2 1 B ~ T .JL l-~ljr l ", .L ~.J October 20, 2016 By Jean Doran Matua, Editor At its Oct. 4 meeting, the South Haven city counil voted unan- imously to place unpaid water/ sewer/garbage/recycling bills onto the owner's property taxes as a special assessment, plus 10 per- cent interest. This included one commercial property and four residential properties; no one attended the meeting with any grievances on their accounts. The council approved up to $2,000 to purchase an AED (auto- mated external defibrillator), peds key, cabinet, and supplies, for installation at city hall. Fire Relief plans to donate these funds. A number of fix-up projects are under way in town: parking lot, streets and alleys, tree removal, repairs at the post office, street light repairs. The next regular meeting of the South Haven City Council will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1. next Hwy. 22 By Jean Doran Matua, Editor The city is preparing for another big highway project, this time Highway 22 between Eden Valley and Litchfield. An open house is scheduled from 4:30- 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, at Eden Valley City Hall. The project, which is scheduled for 2018, will be explained by MnDOT and oth- ers. The city adopted new admin- istrative fines. Specifically, they added a $65 general parking ticket that wasn't already part of the city's fees. There was discussion about groups using the Event Center (in the library building), and who needs to pay and who doesn't need to pay. There was no conclusion reached. The city has a problem with paper towels and non-degrading paper clogging the lift station in the Industrial Park, and they have the photos to prove it after televis- ing the lines. "It's never been so dirty," said public works director Jim Rademacher. Everything else clogs the lines. Grease is a problem in that same area, too. They are investigating to find the source of the problems, Rademacher emphasizes that only three things can safely be flushed down the toilet: pee, poo, and (toilet) paper. No Kleenex, baby wipes, or medicines. The council has scheduled a work session for 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, to work on ordinance cod- ification. The results of this project will be a streamlined collection of ordinances, updated and not redundant. A tentative date for the Holiday Train to stop in Eden Valley is Sunday, Dec. 11 (most likely late at night again). The next regular meeting of the Eden Valley City Council will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2. Another meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, to canvass the Nov. 8 election. By lean Doran Matua, Editor At its Oct. 13 meeting, the Watkins city council contin- ued to deal with several private properties within city limits that were identified by the council for inspection and/or clean-up. One property owner addressed the council about his property, clarifying exactly which items need to be moved or removed from his yard. Progress had already been made, and he will continue to work on it before the snow flies. The city was advised to get additional photos and descrip- tion of what needs to go at one property. The clean-up letter from the city were unable to be deliv- ered to another property owner. Yet another with multiple issues was invited to the Oct. 13 meeting but did not attend; they have until Nov. 5 to complete a shed for which they obtained a permit a year ago. The city is waiting for legal advice on one property, and waiting for clean-up on another. They also discussed various properties that may need to be added to the list for campers, building materials left idle in the yard, and more. It is an ongoing issue that the council will continue to move forward with. The solar garden contract has finally been approved by all parties. The city's street lights are owned by Xcel Energy, so would not come under this agreement. in all, seven cit~ ~roperties would come under {Ix solar garden agreement and each will have its own contract. (The agreement with Geronimo Energy could save the city about $2,100/year on electricity for the 25 years of the contracted "subscription." The city will tie into an existing solar garden, or one about to be built; there will be no solar panels installed in Watkins as part of this agreement.) The council tabled decision on increasing water and sewer rates until they can look into average usage by households in Watkins, and to study what future needs may be for equipment mainte- nance and upgrades. The Joint Water Board has suggested an increase in water rates to reflect the increase in what the city pays for its water. The last increase was in November 2009. They are considering an increase of 50 cents per thousand gallons. The council also tabled discus- sion of credit/debit card processing until they can review the contract proposed by GovPayNet. There would be no cost to the city, as those using the system to pay water bills, for instance, would pay an extra fee for the convenience if they choose to use it. The council approved purchas- ing an additional fire-proof file for the office as the current one is full (cost about $1,950). Publicly accessible inter- net has been discussed for the pool and found to not be feasible. Information was obtained about providing the Same service from city hall, and it was determined that it was not needed at this time. The city will replace the remaining four overhead doors in back of city hall; some of these doors are from the early 1980s and are long overdue for replace- ment. They will look into getting a service contract to maintain them as well. Michel's Underground is digging and boring along Highway 55 (on the north side) to install a gas main, from the Watkins city sign in the east westward up to about 657th Street. The line will go through city utilities, and it's ~- hoped that they come through unscathed (they are marked). The Meeker County Sheriff's report was that things were quiet in Watkins last month: 29 calls for September 2016. The council unanimously approved renewing the policing contract with Meeker County for Jan. 2017 through Dec. 2018. The council unanimously approved the 2 a.m. Liquor License for Gordies Bar. The Planning Commission noted that there were some post-tornado issues with non- conforming building materials, but these have been resolved. The next regular meeting of the Watkins city council will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10. They will need to recess the meeeting _-, when finished and reconvene at a later date to canvass the elec- tion, Canvassing needs to be done within three to 10 days after the election. Wq Y every week. Future generations will look to newspaper archives for the history we transcribe each and every week. From birth, subsequent birthdays, school years, graduation, engagement, marriage, more births, work achievements, retirements, anniversaries, and ultimately obituaries - and beyond (with memorials). O We're here for you, each and every week/ (320) 398-5000 (320) 453-6397 70 Main St. S., Kimball www.tricountynews.mn facebook.com/tricountynews.rnn