Sidewalk committee put in place by city council

50_choir_5354CHOIR ENSEMBLE  — This is one of the ensembles that performed during the Easter Cantata on Saturday and Sunday at the Conrad High School Auditorium. The performances were directed by David Arends.  I-O Photo by Deanna Wakkinen

By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor

Monday evening the city council approved members of a sidewalk committee, recommended by Mayor Wendy Judisch.

They will be tasked with reviewing ordinances pertaining to sidewalks and make recommendations on new policy and ordinances for the city.

Members of the sidewalk committee include Dru Gunderson from the Public Works Department, Police Officer Scott Holbrook, and Alderman Wayne Anderson.

Community members include Lori Kronebusch, Bonnie Berthelson and Joel Farkell. Mayor Judisch said she would have some specific guidelines for the committee to follow.

In other business, a water contract with Scott and Denise Newmiller was approved. A building permit for 702 4th Ave. for an 8x12 shed was presented to the council.

Reports were presented and accepted by the council. Public Works Director Rich Anderson said his crews were still working on Front St. and getting restrooms at the parks and ball fields ready.

They will be starting sewer cleaning about May 1 and are working on getting nitrate leads down at the wastewater plant.

Chief Gary Dent noted that there were 176 calls for service during the month of March.

Some of the calls included 11 domestic situations, two businesses found open, 26 various assists and nine rides home from the taverns, six assists to the PCSO and 19 animal control calls.

There was no report from the library as their board was also meeting on Monday. It was reported though, that 2,300 patrons had visited the library in March.

A large scale final plan for the city hall remodeling project was shown. Scaled down pages of the plan were made available to the council.

Council members have two weeks to study the plans. The mayor indicated she would like the project to go out to bid by May 1.

The public may view the plans during normal working hours at city hall. Please call ahead to make arrangements.

Darren Pruttis from Park and Rec was on hand to see about having extra ball games at the ball fields as long as there are no conflicts with the regular seasons, tournaments or scheduled events.

He hopes to build back an interest in baseball that is dropping a little bit. He feels some kids will get the opportunity to play where they may not have before. In addition, parents could watch games they may not have been able to see before. The council approved the request on a 4-0 vote.

The next regular meeting of the city council is on April 16, 7:30 p.m. in city hall at 411-1/2 S. Main Street

The public is always welcome to attend and see their government at work. The seats are comfortable and there is no charge.