By Starrla Cray
WAVERLY, MN John Konrath was appointed to the Waverly City Council Tuesday.
Konrath, who lives on the north side of Lake Waverly, had served as chairman of the economic development authority in Waverly for seven years.
“We had three very good candidates,” council member Gary Olson said.
“I want to thank all the people who took the time and fortitude to apply for the position,” Mayor Ken Antil said.
Konrath is taking the place of Pam Henry-Neaton, who resigned April 30.
Water, sewer changes
For the remainder of the summer, water and sewer usage estimates for Waverly residents will be based on January’s meter readings, the council decided at Tuesday’s meeting.
If a household uses less water during a summer month than the January reading, the bill will be adjusted accordingly, Clerk Debbie Ryks said.
“January is essentially the maximum,” council member Connie Holmes said.
For new residents and retirees who were away from home for the month of January, the city will estimate water usage at 2,000 gallons for the summer.
In July 2008, the city changed from quarterly to monthly billing.
“We had a really difficult time,” Ryks said.
At first, the city tried to do estimates of water usage so that the meters would not have to be read every month.
The problem with that was, “the estimates could be high or low,” Ryks said.
In January, the city decided to start doing monthly readings so that charges would be more accurate.
However, until a full calendar year of meter readings can be established, the city has to look back to previous months to determine water usage estimates.
In Waverly, water readings are rounded to the nearest thousand gallons, maintenance supervisor John Rasset said.
A family of four typically uses between 2,000 and 3,000 gallons of water per month, he said. Water usage is usually higher in the summer because of lawn watering and swimming pools.
Welcome sign to return
Boy Scout troop member Jakob Thisius of Waverly was given approval to start a community service project, which will be to return the “Welcome to Waverly” sign back to Highway 12.
The project will fulfill his community service requirement for an Eagle Scout award.
Thisius will supply landscape materials and labor, and the city maintenance staff will haul fill dirt and supply power for the lighted sign.
“It would really be an accent point,” Rasset said.
Bar bingo at liquor store
The council approved the Waverly Lions Club request to have bar bingo at the Waverly Municipal liquor store.
“It does draw a crowd,” Antil said. Profits will go to the Lions Club, but the extra people at the store will help the city, Antil said.
“Waverly will end up getting money in the long run, but not right off the start,” Antil said.
Fire hydrant repaired
A fire hydrant had to be repaired after a vehicle ran into it at the corner of County Road 8 and Highway 12, Rasset said.
One woman, 38, was attempting to teach another woman, 24, how to drive, Rasset said.
The 24-year-old who hit the fire hydrant had no driver’s license and no insurance.
The cost to repair the fire hydrant was $500.
“I think we’re going to eat that one,” Rasset said.
Odds and ends
In other business, the council:
• Agreed to participate in the Waverly Daze parade July 12.
• Renewed the liquor license for the municipal liquor store.
• Approved a temporary liquor license for the Church of St. Mary’s for the fall festival Sept. 12 and 13.
• Noted that the Waverly Lions donated $350 to paint the village hall doors.
• Discussed advertising options for the Waverly city directory.