During last week’s Keewatin City Council meeting, a general work session with representatives from General Waste was scheduled to convene prior to the regular meeting. Plans are in the works to relocate the current road and put in a new weigh station and several other improvements and additions to services. However, needed permits are not yet in place and other information was not available so no General Waste personnel was in attendance. The session, therefore, was informational only. The work session was rescheduled for April 23, 4 p.m.
The council awarded the bid for the library door project to A.M. Construction of Hibbing. Their bid of $20,138 was the lowest and work will begin on or around Memorial Day so they might have several days of no traffic in order to cut and remove brick and the old doors.
The council heard a report from Neighbor Helping Neighbor Foodshelf representative Karen Peterson. Peterson reported 45 percent of the 90 families the food shelf serves are from the Keewatin area. Monetary donations are preferable to food products because the food shelf can buy the necessary items from the Second Harvest Food Bank in Grand Rapids at a greatly reduced cost. The food shelf distributed 43,910 pounds of food in 2013. Eight community residents (Clare Dulong, Ruth Sejnoha, Mary Hansen, Pearl Smith, Dee Roberts, Charlie Ross, Karen Peterson, and Joen Blomberg) serve on the Board of Directors. The food shelf is located in the lower level of the Memorial Building/City Hall in Nashwauk.
In other business, the council:
• Raised the wage for part-time police officers, from $14./hour, to $16./hour and raised the wage for part time Public Utility clerks, from $12./hour, to $14/hour. Both raises will be effective with the next pay period.
• Approved the purchase of a new lawn mower for the Street Department.
• Decided to leave the current deductible ($500) on the Worker Comp Insurance unchanged.
• Took action to not waive the monetary limits on the city’s insurance.
• Approved moving forward with the update of the comprehensive plan.
The next regular meeting of the council is April 9.