June 11, 2007

The city and school now have an agreement

City of Howard Lake and HLWW settle differences

By Jennifer Gallus
Staff Writer

At Tuesday’s council meeting, the Howard Lake City Council reported that the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School Board approved the development agreement Monday for the installation of utilities to the new high school.

The city has been waiting for the agreement to be signed by the school without the school’s additional contingencies that were previously attached to the utility development agreement.

In other business, the city had the serial number for the main water meter to the current high school investigated to find out its age. The meter was made in 1968, and because of its age, the city is considering the possibility of installing a new meter.

A new meter would cost about $3,000, and the city decided to table discussion to double check the ordinance regarding who would be financially obligated to pay for it.

Odds and ends

In other business, the council:

• accepted the 2006 audit conducted by Conway, Deuth and Schmiesing.

• heard requests from Curt Forst of the Howard Lake Watershed Alliance to continue the city’s support and financial assistance to keep the lake recreation areas clean and aid in the fight against milfoil.

An inlet of concern based on turbidity monitoring was addressed by Forst, with the end result of the city deciding to investigate the area in question.

• discussed the low bidder, Sundblad Construction of Cokato, for the South Central Improvements Phase II in the amount of $1,206,117.

City Engineer Barry Glienke requested time to follow up on references provided by Sundblad Construction due to the fact that the city hasn’t worked with the construction company on such a large project in the past.

• approved the quote from Minnesota/Wisconsin Playground in the amount of $14,990 for the installation of park equipment at Lake Ridge Park.

• approved the replacement of the 1997 F-350 pick-up truck for the Water and Sewer Department. The truck was in a 10-year replacement rotation.

The new truck will cost $26, 593 plus taxes, fees, and license. The old truck will be sold by sealed bids.

A straight plow will also be purchased for the new truck, similar to the one that’s on the current truck, and will cost approximately $4,000, which will include an installation kit.

• approved the bid from Emery’s Tree Service of Delano in the amount of $635 for the removal of a tree located on the northwest corner of the library.

• approved an annual contract with Total Register Systems in the amount of $975 for the off-sale till at the liquor store.

• received a thank you letter from the Good Neighbor Days Committee regarding the city’s $2,750 donation towards this year’s Good Neighbor Days fireworks display.

• received a thank you from Victor Township for allowing township residents to take part in the spring cleanup.

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