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City of Brownton-Council Meeting

City of Brownton
Brownton City Council
August 1, 2017
David Wendlandt, Mary Lemke and Erika Ribar were co-directors of the Summer Rec Program along with Jessica Lemke, Kasidy Cacka, Hayden Berge, and Teagan Hansch as student helpers. A total of 65 kids participated. Special thank you to donations from the Brownton Lions Club, Brownton Women’s Club, Brownton Snowmobile club and Brownton Area Resources for kids. Once again, it was a successful and fun year!
Brownton BB Association sought approval from council to work on the baseball field this fall. There have been issues with the water on the baselines, they researched grass baselines vs. dirt so water doesn’t run into home plate. Work may start as early as this next week.
Toby Brummer and Ben Ranft from RS Fiber reported electricians are coming August 2 to work on the computer room at the Brownton PD building; equipment will be ready to install in the next month. Boring Construction crew will wrap up in two weeks, after which crews will begin prepping for home constructions. A Public Meeting to award the RS Fiber Franchise is set for August 22, at 7 p.m. in the Brownton Community Center. Open House is planned for Wednesday, August 30, at the Brownton Community Center. Residents definitely interested in RS Fiber service should plan to attend the August 30 Open House, where they can sign up.
Consent Agent was reviewed and approved.
Chris Knutson from SEH reviewed the bill from Ewert for televising the storm sewer. Ewert bill only included televising; actual cleaning was done by City of Hutchinson. Knutson reviewed the Final Feasibility Report for the 2018 infrastructure improvement project. Additional details included:
° All 4” water mains will be replaced.
° All curbs will be replaced (Short term, you can replace a curb and match it to the existing ones, but long term they will not match up and will cause issues. We want to build a road that is long term.)
° Sump Baskets will be required for residents with sump pumps; assessment is $240 plus 10%. If owner has no sump pump, this cost can be waived.
° Trees designated with pink ribbons to be removed based on designer judgment. Judgment includes the type of tree, placement of tree, if service is under the tree, etc. Project will include removal and root removal, but not replacement.
° Assessment policy has been changed from original 47% to $26.5%; assessments are noted, but will not be set until after bids come in. Assessments will not increase, but could lower dependent on bids received.
° Only sidewalks on east side of 6th Avenue are staying, with the exception of 3rd Street South (bus loading area); all others, in the project area, will be removed and not replaced.
° Motion was made and approved to accept the Final Feasibility Report with the 26.5% assessment policy and to call for the public hearing on August 15, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Public Works reported Muellers are coming Thursday to look at wrestling room door leaking in from parking lot run off; will get quotes from Katzenmeyer and
Vos to block off door. Other topics include locates, tree trimming, water main hit and fixed, Quade hooked up Tony Ashwill’s building (former Rickert), new brakes in Toyota, and water pump repair in street sweeper. Carson Streich on the injury list and not able to work for us anymore; wish him well! Lease quotes received from L&P and Glencoe for lawnmower lease; tabled until further notice.
PD report included many accounts they responded to: House on First Avenue South will be served Order for Repair.
Gambling license for FD calendar raffle and Lion’s Annual Corn Feed beer licenses were approved.
Brownton Parcel Forfeitures were approved for the county to put for public auction.
Motion was made to not waive the monetary limits on municipal tort liability.
Pioneerland request for increase was tabled until next month.
Chad talked to Rural Water regarding MPCA violation regarding sewer discharge last September due to high rains. Corrective action is in place to wash and disinfect street in any future events.
AC was moved at RS Fiber request and then replaced at PD office.
Upon motion, meeting was adjourned.
Respectfully submitted
Ella Kruse, City Clerk
(Published in The McLeod County Chronicle August 9, 2017)