Newly elected council members and mayor are sworn in
By Kristen Miller
DASSEL, MN To start off the new year, the newly elected Dassel City Council members and mayor were sworn in at last Monday’s meeting, along with approving various organizational matters that are required as a council.
After being elected in November, Wayne Medcraft and Jason Benzing joined the council. Benzing had already been serving on the council as an appointed member following the resignation of Bob Wilde. In addition, Mayor Mike Scanlon was sworn in to serve another two-year term.
As part of the annual organizational matters, the council approved the following resolutions: designated the official newspaper and depositories, ratified the mayoral committee appointments for 2011, assigned citizen and staff committee appointments for 2011, and appointed the city assessor and building inspector for the City of Dassel.
The council also approved the fee schedule for 2011, which is the same as last year’s schedule with the exception of the water and sewer rate increases and a 10 percent administrative fee for permits, which had been preapproved by the council.
Liquor store report
Marv Vetsch, liquor store manager, reported that the liquor store ended the year with just over $1 million in sales, adding this is a 3 percent growth in sales over 2009. “Which I think is excellent in this economy,” Vetsch added.
He also reported a successful product inventory was recently completed, and that he is anticipating another good year.
Law enforcement report
Sarah Miller, Meeker County deputy, told the council there have been a number of ordinance violations, particularly parking on streets during restricted hours, especially with all of the snow this winter. She added that a number of warnings have been given out, but soon, they would start to cite if the cars don’t get off the roads.
Miller also reported very few issues around the elementary school regarding the drop-off and pick-up areas for students.
Public works report
Dave Scepaniak, public works director, reported an issue at the sewage treatment pond involving a transfer line that became separated due to the ice. It has been addressed and should be permanently fixed.
The compost site, located behind the former Hojie’s Grill restaurant, is open for discarded Christmas trees. City workers also have begun picking up discarded trees left on the curb at the end of driveways.
He also noted that the ice rink, located on Third Street South, is open for use.