LESTER PRAIRIE, MN Lester Prairie City Council, during Tuesday’s meeting, accepted a $47,576 quote from Visu-Sewer Inc. for a sanitary sewer rehabilitation project.
Five quotes were received, ranging from Visu-Sewer’s low-quote to a high of $74,530 from Veit & Co.
The project involves rehabilitating 1,300 lineal feet of sewer line using cure-in-place pipe (CIPP).
The low quote was 33 percent below the engineer’s estimate of $71,240, according to city engineer Josh Eckstein.
The council heard a brief presentation from Marta Jensen of Geronimo Energy regarding a conditional use permit for a 1-megawatt solar energy project on a 10-acre site to be known as Honeysuckle Solar owned by Cecil and Linda Martin. The site is in Winsted Township near existing solar gardens along McLeod County Road 9.
The company has applied for a conditional use permit through McLeod County.
Council members Tim Dahl and Ron Foust noted the site is part of the city’s future expansion area, and is designated for commercial businesses in the city’s comprehensive plan.
Dahl said this type of business (solar energy) is not among the proposed uses for the property, and, if the conditional use permit is approved, this will be the third project in the area.
The council voiced opposition to the permit, but noted if the project is approved, it would prefer a pollinator-friendly planting as a screening option.
Odds and ends
In other business, the council:
• approved a sign purchase at a cost of $1,375 from Greater MN Sign & Graphics to replace a city welcome sign that was damaged during the snow-plowing season (the council approved spending up to $2,000 to include new posts and other components that may be needed.
• accepted six-month performance reviews for assistant clerk Justine Damlow and police officer Larry Monskey, removed both employees from probationary status and placed them on step 1 of the 2019 wage scale.
• approved closing the city office Friday, May 10 due to both the clerk and assistant clerk being out of the office on that day.
• approved seasonal staff, including Clara Leverich and Lydia Leverich as water safety instructors and limited guards (most of their time will be as instructors); April Lee and Kylee Scheevel, co-managers; Alexis Hill, Alex Nelson, Kara Lee, Jenna Heimerl, and Shelbea Schuette, guards; and Evan Lee, substitute.
• Approved moving forward to negotiate an employment agreement with the second-place finalist for the city administrator position due to the first-place candidate withdrawing his application.
• approved hiring staff for the city compost site and opening the site as soon as possible, date to be determined.