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Streetlight project underway

July 14, 2008

Dassel Council seeks bids for distribution portion of water tower

By Kristen Miller
Staff Writer

The streetlight project will soon begin in Dassel as the Dassel City Council decided last Monday to purchase metal halide lights as part of the downtown beautification project.

Three types of lights were in question including high pressure sodium, low pressure sodium, and metalhalide.

Council member Bob Wilde pointed out the differences by explaining the low and high pressure sodium lights give off a yellow illumination, making it more difficult to see color. Metal halide has more of a white luminary, making colors visible.

The costs for either types are similar however. The council decided to go with metal halide lights purchasing them through R.L. Mlazgar Associates, Inc., with a quote of $2,042 (which includes installation) for each of the seven lights, for a total cost of $14,294.

City Works Director Dave Scepaniak informed the council the light installation would begin prior to Red Rooster Days, but wouldn’t be likely to be completed before then.

The council also decided to reject the incoming bids for the Dassel Area Historical Society expansion project and seek alternatives.

With bids coming in too high, the DAHS recommended the city act as its own general contractor and seek local subcontractors for segments of the building project in order to keep costs down.

The council decided to form a project committee to consider this option for action to be taken at the Monday, July 21 meeting.

In other business

The council also took action on the following matters:

• Moved to seek bids for the distribution piping portion of the water tower project. This piping connects the tower to the town’s water main system.

• Voted to barricade the gravel access to Martin Drive off of Highway 15 following a straw vote taken at the June 23 meeting. The majority of residents in that area who were in attendance voted to barricade the access, which is currently on private property.

• Decided to provide a 30 x 30 foot concrete slab for the proposed veterans pavilion in Breed’s Park. Also included would be some sidewalk improvements with handicap accessibility to the park.

The cost, which is estimated at $4,400, would be taken from the city’s park fund. It was also suggested the council absorb the cost of electricity for the pavilion.

• Voted on a two-year contract with the Meeker County Sheriff’s Department to include “moderate” increases from the current rate, according to Myles McGrath, Dassel city administrator.

The current contract for 2008 is $143,520 for 80 hours a week, and the contract will increase to $149,760 in 2009, and to $158,080 in 2010.

• Approved the replacement of the yield sign with a stop sign at Williams Avenue and Pleasant Street for added safety as recommended by deputy Gordy Prochaska.

• Decided to forego the proposed 4 x 8 foot sign placed at the new water tower site, saving nearly $500 in costs.

• Conducted a public hearing regarding amendments to the Nuisance and Administrative Fines Ordinance. The amendments would allow for promptness in identifying and enforcement of nuisance violations.

The amendments would also include publishing violations one time in the Enterprise-Dispatch and for any further violations, imposing a one-time administrative fine.

• Accepted the formal withdrawal of the petition for street and infrastructure improvements on the land for the proposed Cedar Crest Homes Assisted Living Facility on the corner of Highway 12 and 15.

• Rejected the idea of park benches to be installed at the east end of Lake Street and the north end of Maple Street due to residents’ discouragements.

• Is seeking quotes from other waste services before accepting the contract proposal for Waste Management.

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