By Ivan Raconteur
LESTER PRAIRIE, MN Upgrades to the Lester Prairie City Hall have been underway, and the council approved some additional work during Tuesday’s meeting.
The council approved a quote from Lee Ford Construction for installation of 10 inches of fiberglass installation to the entire attic space of the building at a cost of $3,164.
The council also approved replacing the wainscoting in the large meeting room and the blue room to match the work that has been done in the council chamber, foyer, and hallway.
The council approved disposing of some miscellaneous items from city hall, including an old piano and some tables and chairs, at public auction.
In another matter related to city facilities, the council approved moving forward with specifications for expansion of the public works shop, with the project to be bid early next year and construction to begin in the spring.
The council discussed the city’s preliminary budget for 2014.
It was determined that additional discussion is needed, and the council will be scheduling at least one more budget workshop prior to the regular September council meeting, when the preliminary budget will have to be approved.
Odds and ends
In other business, the council:
• approved a conditional use permit for a small engine repair business requested by Jeremy and Jackie Mullery to be operated out of their attached garage at 29 Oak Street North.
• adopted resolutions of support for grant applications related to the Dakota Rail Regional Trail and the Luce Line State Trail.
• approved a request from the Dodge House and One Eyed Willys. The businesses want to sponsor a Freedom Fest Saturday, Sept. 7. Juniper Street will be closed from the bank to the post office from 1 p.m. Saturday to Sunday morning. The street will reopen by 8 a.m. Sunday.
The event will include a bean bag tournament starting at 2:30 p.m., music by Kevin Lang and the Mississippi Drifters from 4 to 8 p.m., and music by DiamondBack from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
• tabled discussion of a McLeod County yard waste funding agreement. The city invited Commissioner Ron Shimanski to the meeting to discuss the matter, but he was not present.
• discussed formation of an economic development task force. The council will provide input to City Clerk Marilyn Pawelk, and the council will discuss the matter further in September.
• discussed a proposal to have city council members deliver city information to residents by going door-to-door.