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Northome Council receives update on water/sewer project; awards bid for patio project

The Northome City Council met April 6 for its regular meeting and received an update on the water/sewer project as well as opened bids for the patio project and reviewed the nine applicants for the city clerk's position.

Jordan Vandal of Midwest Assistance presented updated rate structure information and recommendations to improve income.

Dick Grabko of SEH presented information on various funding possibilities and how SEH is pursuing funding including a request made for WRDA funds.

Following some discussion, the council voted to authorize SEH to submit necessary paperwork to the Public Facilities Authority for placement on their Drinking Water Project Priority List, to submit the intended use plans, and to submit paperwork for placement on the Project Priority List for the Clean Water Revolving Loan Fund

The council then opened, read then awarded the patio project to the lowest of four bid packets which were received.

The bids received were as follows:

• White Pines Contracting of Cass Lake: patio, materials and labor: $7,900; optional cedar for fence: add $400 and shed roof option: $6,900.

• Yellowstone Log Homes of Tenstrike: patio, materials and labor: $9,440, optional cedar for fence: add $210 and shed roof option: $4,848.

• Big Pine Builders of Northome: patio, materials and labor: $7,500, optional cedar for fence: add $200 and shed roof option: $3,500.

• Douglas Jourdan Construction of Northome: patio, materials and labor: $9,400, optional cedar for fence: add $1,100 and shed roof option: $4,900.

After little discussion, the council voted to accept the bid from Big Pine Builders including the cedar fence and the shed roof options for a total contract price of $11,200.

A proposed check cashing policy was reviewed but no action was taken.

During the department reports, the council was updated on the MMBA Conference which Head Bartender Stradtmann said she has decided against attending before approving the $50 MnUSA Membership.

Ty Shuh was hired back as liquor store custodian.

Maintenance Supervisor Cory Lindley's travel expenses of $208.94 for attending training in St. Cloud was then approved.

The council then heard of a request for the old playground equipment from Bender's Camp with them to haul it away. The request was approved.

The library roof replacement cost estimate from Husky Roofing presented. The council discussed the estimate and it was their consensus that the roof needs to be remodeled to add slope. Mayor Larry Salmonson will develop bid specifications for the project and present them for approval at the next council meeting.

The MnDOT Tractor Grant was then presented to the council with the mayor and clerk given authorization to sign the grant agreement.

Council then discussed the old tractor the city has for sale and it was decided to sell the tractor on the open market.

The council authorized payment of $60 per hour for a total of $720 to settle the disputed amount of the December Airport snowplowing bill.

Councilmembers approved the first reading of Ordinance #54 and authorized publication of a summary in the official newspaper and to have the clerk prepare a sample lot agreement for the next regular meeting.

The council voted to accept the resignation of Councilman Tim Avenson, effective at the June council meeting or earlier if a suitable replacement is found.

Resolution 2011-07 Declaring a Council Vacancy was then approved unanimously.




WHEREAS, Councilor Tim Avenson has submitted his resignation from the Northome City Council effective June 2, 2011, creating a vacancy on the Northome City Council; and

WHEREAS, less than two years now remain in the term which is vacant;

THEREFORE BY RESOLUTION, the Northome City Council acknowledges that a vacancy exists on the Northome City Council and that the City Council shall in accordance with Minnesota Statute 412.02, subdivision 2a appoint a qualified person to fill the vacancy until the term expires on December 31st, 2012.

Adopted this 6th day of April 2011.

Nine applications for the city clerk's position were received and reviewed. Of the nine, the four finalists selected were Lissa Adelman, Connie White, Jodi Osufsen and Bonnie Zwirn.

Interviews will be held at a special meeting of the city council called for at 7 p.m. April 13. The final selection will be made following the special meeting. Also placed on the agenda for the special meeting is approval of library roof project bid specification and approval of advertising for bids.

Following approval of the March financial statements, the council then voted to approve the March claims already paid totaling $40,587.78 and to pay the current claims totaling $21,602.34 plus the previously approved snowplowing bill settlement ($720) MnUSA membership ($50) and Lindley's travel expenses ($208.94).

The last item on the agenda was the Toliver Camping sign letter and $1 donation. No action was taken.

The senior center made a request for a handicapped sign to be put up and the general consensus was that since sign would be for off-street parking it is the responsibility of the senior center to purchase one if desired.