By Ryan Gueningsman
In a short regular Delano City Council meeting Wednesday night, the council approved most of its action items on the consent agenda.
The meeting date was changed from the traditional Tuesday date to Wednesday due to the political caucuses taking place.
Mayor Joe McDonald commented that, like much of Minnesota, voters in Delano came out in record numbers to both political caucuses that took place at Delano schools Tuesday night.
McDonald also noted a meeting that had taken place with representatives from the city with leaders in the industrial park regarding the upcoming Highway 12 construction.
He said attendees reviewed timetables, contracts, and other issues pertaining to the project.
“I think it was a very successful meeting,” McDonald said.
Odds and end
In odds and ends, the council:
• approved the replacement of carpet in a Crow River Villa apartment.
The council also entered into a lawn care service contract with Meyer’s Outdoor Services of Delano for lawn care around the Crow River Villa apartments.
• approved the hiring of part-time on call driver Bob Beyer for the Delano Area Transportation Program.
The council also approved the hiring of Wendy Biel in an administrative assistant position due to LeAnn Zimmerman’s retirement and Paula Bauman’s taking over of her duties.
• purchased a straight blade plow for the 2008 F-350 from SnowPlows Plus in Buffalo at a cost of $4,856.
It was noted this was not the lowest bid received, but it was the company closest to Delano, and the city will save money and man hours in transporting the truck to have the plow installed.
• approved a wage increase for all members of the Delano Fire Department. The city presently pays $7.50 per hour of on scene pay, and approved an increase of 50 cents per hour to $8. Reporting pay will be $1.50 per hour.
On scene pay is for members that respond to the incident, and reporting pay is for members who respond to the station for the call, and do not go to the scene.
• approved an address change for Stahlke Bus Service to 105 County Line Road North.
In a memo to the city council, Public Safety Director Bob Van Lith said across the nation, even numbers are on the north and east sides of the road, and odd numbers are on the south and west sides.
Being on the west side of the road, the bus garage should have an odd-numbered address.
• approved a pay request for 85th Street improvements, and a pay request and change order for the east side lift station culvert.
• approved an amendment of service pension/retirement benefits to the Delano Fire Department Relief Association by-laws.
• discussed its lease agreement between the city and the Alex Roeser Agency for the empty space in the Rivertown commercial building, and agreed to several changes requested by Roeser so the lease agreement can proceed forward.