Herald JournalHerald Journal, Aug. 25, 2003

Kids Against Hunger event planned in New Germany

By Dave Cox

Residents of all ages are invited to help needy people around the world by participating in a Kids Against Hunger event at the New Germany fire hall from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10.

Bob Wacker told the New Germany City Council at its Aug. 20 meeting that Kids Against Hunger is an international food relief campaign that delivers food to starving people in many parts of the world, including the United States.

During the event, volunteers will assemble food packets that contain rice textured soy (protein), dehydrated vegetables, and a special vitamin mix. The ingredients, bags, boxes, and equipment are paid for locally.

Wacker stated that similar events have been hosted in other cities, and that he, along with some friends, decided to bring the program to New Germany.

"It's a community thing," said Wacker. "It is a good way to teach kids about doing things for other people."

The New Germany fire department offered the use of its building for the preparation of the food packages.

Wacker said that Kids Against Hunger has an arrangement with the United States Air Force. The Air Force will deliver the assembled packages anywhere in the world at no charge.

"I don't plan on doing this just once," said Wacker. "If everyone gets involved, I would like to do this the second Wednesday of every month."

Donations can be made out to Kids Against Hunger, and more information is available at the Rack Em Up bar.

Paul Waldron of Paul Waldron and Associates told the council about changes that are included in the new International Building Code that was adopted by the State of Minnesota effective March 31, 2003.

This code replaces the Uniform Building Code that was previously used, and cities are required to formally adopt the new standard. Waldron stated that there have been changes to the code format and to the administrative section, as well as many technical changes.

Format changes include new mechanical and fuel codes, and there is now a separate document covering one- and two-family dwellings to make it more accessible.

The administrative section previously included a fee schedule, and this is now left up to local jurisdiction.

Another administrative change involves charges for similar plans. Contractors were previously required to pay a 65 percent plan review fee for each unit in a development. The new code allows identical units to be added for a 25 percent plan review fee.

Among the many technical changes, basements must now be waterproofed, where in the past they were only required to be damp-proof.

Weather wrap is now required under siding. Decks are now required to have an overhead light, and ice and water shields on roofs are now required to extend two feet beyond exterior wall rather that one foot.

The International Code includes optional sections including a fire suppression chapter and a flood-proofing chapter, which the council chose not to adopt at this time. They did pass an ordinance to adopt all of the required sections of the new code.

Bids for the city hall roofing project were opened, but the council decided not to take any action until they can review the bids at a joint meeting with the planning commission Tuesday, Aug. 26 following the budget meeting.

Mayor Franklin Schoenke told Waldron that the city is concerned about drain tiles around residences that run directly into the sanitary sewer system, contributing to the inflow and infiltration problems.

Schoenke stated that the city has considered requiring these drain tiles to be corrected any time a residence is sold, and asked Waldron how the city could go about implementing such a program.

Waldron agreed that tiles of this kind had been common in the past, but said that the challenge would be figuring out which houses had tiles, and of those, which are connected to the sewer system. This would be easy to determine when Waldron inspects new sewer hook ups, but not so easy on existing residences.

Council member Shirley Jaeger asked how she would know if her own house had drain tiles. Waldron said he would check his records to find out if he had been doing sewer and water inspections in New Germany at the time Jaeger's house was built.

Sheldon Swensen of Waste Management presented options for the city to extend their current contract with Waste Management. The council passed a motion to extend the contract for one year at the current rates.

Jim Borka of New Germany public works asked Swenson if there was any reason that Waste Management employees couldn't put trash receptacles back where they found them. Swenson said that they should be doing this. The council said that the receptacles should be placed on the curb rather than being left in the street.

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