By Caroline Wigmore
WAVERLY, MN - The open spot on the Waverly City Council was filled by Keith Harris, who took the city council position vacated by Mayor Ken Antil.
Harris’ term is two years long, and after the motion passed at the council meeting Tuesday, Harris took his place next to the rest of the council.
Wright County commissioner Jack Russek attended the meeting and congratulated the new council members, Connie Holmes and Harris, on their new positions, and thanked the council members for their services during difficult economic times.
Request for a street dance
In other business, Melissa Snyder from the Uptown Bar and Grill made a request to conduct a street dance Saturday, June 27.
Part of the request was that a portion of Elm St. be blocked off from noon to 2 a.m. Besides the dance, other activities would take place, such as a bean bag toss, Snyder said.
Antil stated that the city has not had good luck with street dances in the past and that they have been the source of trouble for the city. He also said that if the council approved the dance that the bar would need to meet security requirements which are set by the county.
The council expressed some concern about length of time that the road would be blocked off as well.
Snyder said the bar was flexible as to the time that the road would be blocked off, and that she hoped the dance would bring more business into the city.
Antil closed the discussion by asking that Snyder attend the next meeting with a written request which would highlight all of the activities and include information about security for the event.
Ryan DeMars from the parks committee reported several low-cost projects, some of which have already been in the works, that could be completed during this time when the city does not have extra money to spend.
Some of these projects could include putting in a horseshoe pit and working on a volleyball court at Summerfield Park, and installing a new dock for the Legion Park. Also, Legion park has an area between the shelter and the bathrooms where polyvinyl chloride piping (PVC) is exposed, which creates some concern.
DeMars intends to look into potential grant money from the DNR for park projects.
Fencing for holding ponds/wetlands
In other business, the council reviewed a resolution submitted by the city attorney regarding the issue of whether or not the city should put up fencing around its holding ponds and wetlands.
The fencing would be installed as a safety precaution, but it was stated in the resolution that “Building fences around the holding ponds and wetlands would decrease the likelihood of people accidentally stumbling into the ponds, but no ordinary fence will stop a determined child or trespasser.”
Council Member Pam Henry-Neaton expressed some concern about not fencing.
“As a teacher, I would like there to be fences, for the little ones,” Henry-Neaton said.
The resolution also stated that the fencing would be expensive to install and maintain, would be unsightly, and would create dangers if a child was injured behind the fence, as it would delay rescuers.
The council concluded that it would take no action toward installing fences.
Odds and ends
The council followed a recommendation from the Economic Development Authority (EDA) in appointing Dr. Sarah Bartosch, and Sarah Larson to the EDA board.
In other business, the council approved:
• the proposed fee for rental ordinance inspections of $50 per hour with a minimum of one hour for inspections that would only take place following a complaint
• a request from the Waverly Lions Club for a temporary on-sale liquor license for its fish fry, Friday, Feb. 27 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m at the village hall.