By Tara Mathews
HOWARD LAKE, MNThe City of Howard Lake, in conjunction with the Orphans, will be purchasing 20 seats from the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.
During Tuesday’s city council meeting, City Administrator Nick Haggenmiller proposed the purchase to council members.
“Seating capacity remains an issue at the ballpark,” Haggenmiller stated.
Conversations about the seats had not taken place prior to Tuesday’s meeting, Haggenmiller said.
“However, this is time-sensitive, as sale of the seats is only open as long as seats are available, but will go no longer than Jan. 17,” he added.
The plan is to purchase the seats before the deadline, and installation will begin this spring.
The city council has approved up to $1,000 for the purchase of the seats.
The Orphans will then be responsible for the installation of the seats.
Council gets technical
The city council approved the purchase of five electronic tablets for council members, and a flat-screen monitor for city hall.
The tablets will serve as a document-sharing device, and are intended to increase staff efficiency.
Currently, city staff spends about eight hours copying and distributing, per agenda, for each city council meeting, according to Haggenmiller.
The tablets will also help decrease the amount of money spent on paper and ink.
“The devices will be uploaded with pertinent documents such as the comprehensive plan, annual work plan, and maps that will be useful for serving constituents and decision making,” Haggenmiller noted.
The council members reviewed multiple devices and companies, and after discussions, they decided the Microsoft Surface 2 tablet would best serve their needs.
They will purchase the tablets from the company that has the lowest price, Haggenmiller said.
The flat-screen monitor in city hall will display PACT 10, and serve as a presentation screen during council meetings.
The total cost for the electronic tablets and flat-screen monitor purchases are not to exceed $5,000, and are included in the 2014 budget.
The goal is to have the devices programmed and ready for use during the Jan. 21 council meeting, according to Haggenmiller.
Odds and ends
In other business the council
• accepted baseball cards from One Sky Thrift Store, to be distributed to children through the police department.
• set times and dates for upcoming 2014 meetings.
• approved 2014 fees and charges. Most fees and charges were the same as 2013, with the exception of sending a fax, which will now be $2 for local or long distance.
• accepted a grant from Minnesota Housing Partnership for the housing study to be completed spring 2014.
• adopted a resolution approving an increase in the city’s contribution to employee benefits coverage. The increase will cost $21.50 per month for each employee.
• approved a PACT 10 reorganization change order requesting an additional $1,935 to satisfy equipment needs.