Council OKs Farkell and Huntsinger to commission


By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor

At Monday's meeting city council members, and 4-0 vote, moved to appoint Joel Farkell and Brett Huntsinger to the police commission.

Both appointments become effective on Jan. 1, 2013. Farkell and Huntsinger replace Jean Duncan  who moved to Whitefish and Ron Bassham who relocated to Idaho.

Members of the three person commission (Ken Larson) handle complaints against police officers and are involved in the hiring process of new police officers.

Aldermen approved a grant application for the Safe Routes to Schools Program (SRSP). The SRSP is a program opportunity to give children, including those with disabilities, a chance to walk to school.

The Priority One project cost is $62,670.23 of which $7,000 is a CTEP (Community Transportation Enhancement Program) grant. The project will go from Wisconsin to the Prairie View School walking path on the north side of 3rd Ave. and east side of Wisconsin. 

The Priority Two project is from 2nd Ave. SW from Michigan to UMS on the Southside of the street.

Projects include crossing upgrades, handicap corners, sidewalk fill-ins, crossing upgrades, flashing speed limit light signs, and sidewalk construction.

The total project request is for $138,670.12.  The total project cost is $147,500. 

A five-year contract with KLJ engineers for services was approved by the council. The engineering firm will be paid on a fee for service as needed. There are currently no needs for their engineering services.

A request for the use of Norley Hall for the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet in March was OK’d and a buy-sell extension with Landmark Builders at the Industrial Park was approved.

After some discussion, a sludge removal change order for $7,000 was tabled.

The project, awarded to Sanders Construction is a $610,000 contact. Councilman Drew Lesnik suggested that a contingency should have been built into the contract.

Mayor Wendy Judisch asked if $7,000 was out of line. PWD Rich Anderson said the council should offer him $4,000. Councilwoman Karla Breding made a motion to pay him the $7,000, but Lesnik counter offered that saying maybe $5,000 should be offered.

I-O editor Buck Traxler spoke up and suggested the council have Sanders come to a meeting and explain why a $7,000 change order is needed. With that, the council tabled the discussion.

Progress on the city hall remodeling project is moving along at a rapid pace and the next council meeting may be moved back to city hall on Jan. 2, 2013, 7:30 p.m.