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Cokato City Council approves $52,337 in street repairs
May 16, 2011
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Audrey Tack retires from the Cokato Museum after 14 years of service

By Jennifer Kotila
Staff Writer

COKATO, MN – Throughout the city of Cokato, there are 26 locations in need of street repair following this harsh winter.

The Cokato City Council approved the repair of those locations at a cost of $52,337 at last Monday’s meeting.

“Everything identified here needs to be done now,” noted City Council Member Butch Amundsen.

For the city parking lot near the Iron Horse Bar and Grill, there were two options for the board’s approval.

The city could either choose to repair the whole parking area, or just a strip down the middle where the worst holes are.

Council Member Ken Bakke asked if it would be a safety issue with doing a strip down the center, and not the whole lot.

The worst part of the lot is the center, and in one of the corners where snow was piled, DeGrote said. It would not create a safety issue.

“I’m pleasantly surprised by this figure. I thought it would be at least $80,000 or $90,000,” Amundsen said.

“At what point in time are we going to look at fully replacing streets?” asked Council Member Carl Harju. “We have to start budgeting for full street replacements.”

Mid-Minnesota Hot Mix of Annandale will be making the street repairs.

Audrey Tack resigns

Audrey Tack joined the Cokato Museum staff in 1996, after being a loyal volunteer for the museum.

“Her work ethic and abilities made her a tremendous asset to the operations of the museum,” said museum director Mike Worcester.

Some of Tack’s duties at the museum included managing the museum’s collections by cataloguing items that were donated, and maintaining the databases that keep intellectual control over the museum’s collections.

Tack also assisted with research requests, museum tours, helped to set up exhibits and displays, was a liaison to the Cokato Finnish Historical Society, and coordinated volunteers during the Corn Carnival.

“She was a tremendous resource when it came to local people and events. Her contributions to the museum’s efforts will definitely be missed,” Worcester said.

Tack’s last day at the Museum was May 13.

City to charge fees for water shut offs

The council had a discussion about charging residents a fee if their water was shut off due to a delinquent water bill.

Cokato has a problem every spring with residents who become delinquent on their water bills and have their water shut off, Amundsen said.

As soon as the water is shut off, those same residents suddenly have the money to pay the water bill.

“It’s almost always the same day. The water is shut off in the morning, then has to be turned back on later that day,” Mayor Gordy Erickson said.

It was decided city staff would prepare documentation about charging residents to turn the water back on once it has been disconnected due to a delinquent bill.

A public hearing on the matter will take place Monday, June 13 at the city council meeting.

Odds and ends

In other business, the council:

• accepted the resignation of and presented certificates of appreciation to Kat Lantto for her time as community pool manager.

• approved amendments to the ordinance regarding public nuisances.

The amendments clarify language regarding nuisances, classifies activities involving excessive noise as nuisances, and refers to the ordinance regarding parking and storage of certain vehicles.

• approved an ordinance regarding the franchise renewal agreement with NSP, also known as Xcel Energy.

• approved the specifications and a call for bids for a new payloader for public works.

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