Council OKs request to purchase $74,000 backhoe for city crew

At their last regular meeting, council members had a light agenda to deal with, however, one item was expensive.

Public Works Director Rich Anderson requested permission to order a Case backhoe through Titan at bid price of $74,572.

The bids were advertised through the Tri-City Interlocal in order to obtain a quality discount.

On a motion by Karla Breding and a second by Sandy Syvertson approval to buy the backhoe was approved 4-0. Ron Widhalm and Wayne Anderson also voted in favor.

Anderson went over the usage and property requirement at Building B and Norley Hall, located at Blue Sky Villa.

The review was done on a request by Troy Shirley to reduce the meter sizes in order to save costs.

Both buildings currently have  two-inch lines and meter servicing them. Shirley would like to have three quarter-inch meters. Anderson recommended that the meter at Building B could be reduced to a three-quarter-inch line, however, the summer usage at Norley Hall is enough that it not be changed from the two-inch meter.

All costs for the meter changes would be covered by Blue Sky Villa.

Mayor Wendy Judisch asked if Anderson discouraged this as it would be costly and it may create a bigger problem.

On a motion by Syvertson and a second by Widhalm, with respect to Anderson’s recommendation, it should be allowed to have a two-inch meter at Building B to be reduced to a three-quarter meter but leave the two-inch meter at Norley Hall.

The city has the right to inspect the conversion and billing will coincide when the meter is converted. All cost for this project is at Blue Sky Villa’s expense. The motion passed, 4-0.

Librarian Carolyn Donath could not attend the council meeting do to  the library board meeting was at the same time as the council meeting.

However, it was reported, on the ever popular funding issue, that the county stated they will only commit general fund money to the libraries (Conrad-Valier) until 2014.

That is when the current voted levy ends.

It is the intent of the county for the Conrad and Valier libraries to partner for a combined voted levy.

Mayor Judisch gave an overview of a recent meeting between her, Conrad Library Board Chairman Janet Martin, Valier Mayor McKenzie Graye and Library Board Chairman Amber Malinak where future funding for both libraries was discussed.

The next regular meeting of the city council will be on Feb. 21 due to Feb. 20 being President’s Day, a national holiday.

The council meets at 7:30 p.m. in city hall at 411-1/2 S. Main Street, every first and third Monday. The public is always invited to attend and see their government at work.

The next meeting might be very interesting as a revamping of the sidewalk ordinance will be on the agenda and Park and Rec wants a four-wheeler for the ball fields with funds coming through the Genevieve Reiken Anderson Trust Fund.