City unloads its surplus property

By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor

The city lightened their load Monday night, selling off two old trucks and a hydraulic arm.

An old fire truck went for $2,000 to Tom Russett, the city’s old dump truck goes to Salois Construction for $1,750 and a hydraulic unit went to Matt Fowler for $100.

There was some discussion on accepting the bids that came in lower than the city expected. However, Mayor John Shevlin noted that there was a fire truck in Clyde Park, “that is yours for the taking, just go get it.” Eventually it was felt the city should accept the bids, which they did.

In other business an agreement with Kadrmas, Lee and Jackson was agreed to see about remodeling Norley Hall for city use.

Department of Public Works Director Rich Anderson reported that the annual alley clean-up went well with crews picking up 10.9 tons of material, although that number was slightly less than last year. He noted there were a lot of leaves and branches that were picked up.

The snow fence on Iowa St. got put up and the bathrooms at Legion Park were closed for the year, due to vandals breaking off a door handle.

Anderson also reported that the street sweeper needed a new engine at a cost of about $20,000.

Chief Gary Dent reported that the police department received 186 calls for the month of October, noting, “It was a fairly active month.”

In part there were five calls for suspicious activity, eight domestic incidents, four fights, three rides given home to patrons of local taverns, one felony arrest, 11 assists to the ambulance crews, and he noted there are eight dogs and eight cats in the pound.

Fifteen citations were issued and there was a hit and run accident on Wisconsin St. over the weekend. The vehicle in the accident hit a parked car and was traveling fast enough to move the parked vehicle 52 feet down the street. The driver was later apprehended and faces a number of charges.

From the Port Authority, manager Cheryl Curry announced that Larry Bonderud is now the board president, a grant application for the depot will not be funded, “We’re back to square one now,” and there will be a growth policy meeting in Conrad on Nov. 17. Time and location have yet to be determined, watch the I-O for details.

The council also approved the use of Norley Hall for the Historical Society on Feb. 12, 2011 for a sweetheart ball, dinner and dance. This will be a fundraiser for the museum.

The next regular meeting of the city council will be Nov. 15 in city hall 411-1/2 S. Main St. at 7:30 p.m.

The public is always invited and encouraged to attend the council meetings.