By Kristen Miller
COKATO, MN The Cokato City Council discussed at its Monday night meeting, certain conditions to be a part of a land purchase agreement for the proposed public safety building.
The council reviewed the land purchase proposal from Susie Keskey, president of Iron Alley, Inc., for the land on the corner of Century and First Street SW to be used to build a new fire station.
As part of the proposal, it stated that the removal of any contaminated soil would be done at the buyer’s expense.
Council Member Wayne Murphy wanted to see a land purchase agreement that was contingent on the soil boring of the land and the referendum passing in the fall.
It was also suggested that sharing the cost of soil boring would be one of the conditions.
Public Works Director Ken Bakke informed the council that the estimated cost of about six soil borings would be $5,000.
The council accepted the letter of intent and directed staff to write a purchase agreement for review at the next meeting based on the contingencies discussed.
Odds and ends
In other business, the council:
• approved the draft of a request for proposal (RFP) for grant writing consultant services giving 30 days response time.
At an earlier meeting, the council instructed staff to draft and RFP as a way to seek financial resources for the possible library/museum expansion.
The council will review the proposals beginning July 1, to be ready for approval at the July 12 meeting.
• denied the counter-proposal from Marc Carlson and Unison for a cellular site lease conversion as discussed at the special meeting which took place May 3.
• approved the community pool appointments as recommended by the personnel committee. It was noted that many of the lifeguards returned from last season and the salary remains the same.
• absolved the park board and replaced it with the park commission. A commission is more representative of the way the city is structured, explained Don Levens, city administrator, following the meeting.
The council adopted, by ordinance, the park commission, which is similar to the park board, with its members being reappointed to the newly adopted commission.
One of the new features of the commission would be possibly adding a non-voting youth member.
Joe Harmala, Tim Dobmeier, Deb Hendrickson, Mark Flood, Carl Harju as the council representative, and Ken Bakke as ex officio (non-voting member).
• was informed there would be some added city expense to the County Road 153 construction project due to the need for Geyer Signal signs.