By Ivan Raconteur
LESTER PRAIRIE, MN Proposed improvements to Lester Prairie City Hall and the city maintenance building received council approval to move forward during Tuesday’s meeting.
The council has been discussing city hall upgrades, including new paint and flooring, for several months. Also under consideration are possible changes to the restrooms at city hall.
During Tuesday’s meeting, City Clerk Marilyn Pawelk said she met with the building inspector, and the city could make cosmetic improvements to the restrooms in the present configuration, but if any plumbing is moved, the restrooms would have to be made compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act..
Pawelk and Council Member Bob Messer will continue to prepare information for the council to review at the Tuesday, April 9 meeting.
Maintenance supervisor Greg Mueller presented a sketch of a proposed expansion of the city maintenance building, which would provide approximately 2,112 square feet of additional space.
“We’re running out of room,” Mueller said.
He added that he has been putting aside money for the project for years, and currently has $119,000 designated for the expansion. He did not have an estimate for what the project might cost.
The council authorized Mueller to have plans drawn up for the project and present them at the April 9 council meeting.
The council discussed a quote for mosquito control service for 2013.
It was noted that this is the second year in a row the council has decided to move forward with the service without including it in the city budget process. Messer, who is the park commission liaison, said last year, half of the cost was taken from the park budget. He said this could be done again by moving things around in the budget.
After discussion, the council approved a quote from Clarke Environmental Mosquito Management, including eight treatments, at a total cost of $5,712. Approval was 4-1, with Messer, council members Ron Foust and Sandie Adams-Bruins and Mayor Andy Heimerl in favor, and Council Member Eric Angvall opposed.
The first four treatments will be done in consecutive weeks, and the remainder will be done every other week. Start date of the treatments will depend on the weather.
City staff changes
The city received more than 40 applications for the position of assistant clerk. A committee consisting of Pawelk, Heimerl, and Police Chief Bob Carlson will review the top applicants and make a job offer.
In another staffing matter, the council approved hiring Ana Hartwig as pool manager for 2013, and April Lee as assistant manager.
Odds and ends
In other business, the council:
• approved the purchase of cable television equipment for the public access channel at a cost of $10,352. The funds will come from the cable franchise account.
• approved purchase of a handicap accessible lift for the city pool at a cost of $5,470. The city is required by law to have a lift in place starting this year. Funding will come from the Schwichtenberg pool account.
• adopted the McLeod County Hazard Mitigation plan.
• approved a five-year contract renewal with PeopleService for operation of the water and wastewater treatment plants.