By Ivan Raconteur
LESTER PRAIRIE Lester Prairie City Council approved the purchase of copiers for the city office and police station during THE Nov. 14 meeting.
City Clerk Marilyn Pawelk said the city purchased the current office copier used about 10 years ago, and it is becoming difficult to get parts for the equipment due to its age.
After reviewing quotes from three companies, the council approved the purchase of two printers from Marco a Konica Minolta C368 for city hall, and a HP M477FDN for the police department, at a total cost of $6,411.
Community Development Coordinator Adam Birkholz noted that any of the options considered would have saved the city money.
The council discussed a concern brought forward by Councilor Tim Dahl regarding speed on city streets, particularly in the East Park Estates development.
After a lengthy discussion about lowering speed limits or limiting parking, the council took no action, other than to ask staff to discuss increased enforcement of existing speed limits with the police department, and to investigate obtaining a speed-indicator sign to increase public awareness.
Odds and ends
In other business, the council:
• approved assessing $4,389 in unpaid bills to property taxes. None of the affected residents were present for a public hearing prior to the action.
• approved a charitable gambling permit at B’s Bar and Grill for use by the Lester Prairie Lions Club.
• heard from Pawelk the city will likely need to replace its election equipment. She said there have been no problems with the equipment, but the state is pushing for replacement since it is more than 10 years old. The city’s equipment needs to be compatible with equipment that McLeod County is using. The city’s cost is yet to be determined.
• approved an annual agreement with the McLeod County Assessor’s office for assessment services at a cost of $10.50 per parcel the same as it is now.
• discussed a request for an additional handicap parking space on Central Avenue in front of B’s Bar and Grill. The issue was tabled to allow staff to gather more information.
• heard the city received a franchise fee payment of $2,876 from Mediacom.
• heard the first two deadlines in an agreed-upon timeline for blight issues to be corrected at the Keith Weise property have passed and work has not been done. Foundation and roof repairs were to be completed by November, and other issues are to be corrected by July 1, 2018.