By Starrla Cray
WAVERLY, MN Waverly maintenance supervisor John Rassat will be retiring from his position Friday, April 30, but his service to the city won’t soon be forgotten.
“He did an outstanding job,” Mayor Ken Antil said.
Rassat was recognized at Tuesday’s Waverly City Council meeting for his 17 years of service.
“It’s been a real treat to have you here,” Antil said. “I really want to thank you for all the effort you’ve put in.”
“No one could have done a better job,” council member John Konrath added, as he shook Rassat’s hand.
Rassat had praise for the council, as well.
“The council and the help have been super,” he said.
MnDOT bill from 2008
In other city council news, a roughly $250,000 bill from a Highway 12 improvement project completed nine years ago is still creating problems for the City of Waverly.
The council discussed the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) bill at its meeting Tuesday.
Although the project was completed in 2001, the City received the bill in 2008, which was a financially difficult time, according to Clerk Debbie Ryks.
“It couldn’t have come at a worse time,” Ryks said.
As a result, the City involved State Senator Amy Koch and State Representative Tom Emmer, and MnDOT agreed that the city could defer payments.
“They were under the impression that installments would start this year,” Ryks said.
However, the City did not have the same understanding, so MnDOT agreed to let payments start in 2011.
MnDOT presented a payment schedule of $63,013 per year for four years.
Holmes asked if there is any way that the payments could be spread over a longer period of time.
“If we could get it down to $25,000, we’d be a lot better off,” she said.
Council member John Konrath suggested a face-to-face meeting with MnDOT officials, and the council plans to try to negotiate a longer pay period.
No matter what, Mayer Ken Antil said the city should try to set aside $5,000 per month, starting in May.
Odds and ends
In other business, the council:
• listened to a presentation from Montrose-Waverly Chamber of Commerce president Melissa Morris about the Montrose-Waverly craft and community fair Saturday, May 1.
• heard compliments from two Waverly residents regarding snow removal and the city newsletter.
• discussed state building codes. Council member Connie Holmes asked if there is a way the city can require building projects to be completed within a certain amount of time. Council member John Konrath is researching the issue.
• approved a right-of-way regulation ordinance. The ordinance clarifies the intent of the council to manage the public rights-of-way, providing issuance and regulation of right-of-way permits. “It’s something that can’t hurt the city in any way, and it can only help us,” Konrath said.
• heard from Holmes that the economic development authority (EDA) is learning about incentives and grants to help draw in and retain businesses.
• agreed to appoint Waverly resident Nicole Scheldrup to the EDA board, pending the EDA’s meeting with her and final approval.
• heard that the city is expecting a large crowd for spring cleanup because of the $2 appliance and electronic drop-off fee.
• accepted a purchase of a John Deere diesel lawn mower, which will most likely be the maintenance department’s final purchase of the fiscal year, according to maintenance supervisor John Rassat.
• heard that the maintenance department purchased a 2003 Dodge Dakota pickup truck, and sold the 1991 Ford truck.
• heard a report from maintenance worker Jim Woitalla about village hall. The Lions Club recently made more than $5,000 worth of repairs to the building. They paid for more than $2,000 of the material cost. The council approved additional work, to replace the ceiling tiles, at a total cost of $1,106, to be split between the City and the Lions Club.
“The Lions have given their time so generously for this,” Holmes said. According to Antil, the work will most likely result in more hall rentals.
• accepted Woitalla’s recommendation to repair a leaking lift station at Community Homes development.
• accepted road bids totaling $84,205, which is under the city’s budget of about $92,000. Knife River Corporation was awarded the patchwork bid for $18,000, Pearson Brothers was awarded the seal coating bid for $53,955, and Gopher State Contractors was awarded the crack sealing bid for $14,534.
“Prices were really good on all three divisions,” Woitalla said.
• accepted Konrath’s recommendation to hire Paradigm Solutions in Waverly for the city web site. The council approved a maximum cost of $3,000, to start.
“It would be money well spent,” Konrath said. “A good web site is a necessity at this point in time.”
• will be attending a meeting Wednesday, April 21 at 3 p.m. at Waverly City Hall to discuss a marketing plan for cities along the Highway 12 corridor.
• discussed outstanding bill collection from developers. Waverly has many developments in which the developer is out of business or in foreclosure.
“You guys are not the only ones in that boat,” city engineer Barry Glienke said.
• decided to have a special city council meeting sometime in May to think of ways to “close the gap” in the city sewer and water fund.