At last week’s Coleraine City Council meeting, Councilor Peggy Smith opened the meeting with a roll call vote to accept the consent agenda.
Harry Bertram took the podium to give an update from the Street Department. The new snowplow truck has now been commissioned into service and is at the dealership being fitted with special equipment. During a phone interview, Department Head Randy Savich said the new truck is a 4300 series IHC single axle with a six yard dump box. The 240 horse power Cummins ISB is coupled to an Allison heavy duty transmission and the truck will use live hydraulics to operate the sand spreader and the blade.
The Coleraine municipal water tank passed inspection after a crew from the Twin Cities made use of an underwater camera to view the inside of the tank. Hydrant flushing is scheduled for April 18, 19 and 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Police Chief Lonnie Mjolsness reported a crash of a computer hard drive. Most of the information was recovered and the department is now using a backup computer. The Police Department released a list of calls for assistance during the month of March. Last month the police had a total of 100 calls and for six of those, the Trout Lake Fire Department responded.
Councilors discussed the recent action to increase the city employee per diem policy from $29 to $54. This is the meal allowance given to employees while traveling on official business. Councilor Mary Drews reminded the council that the meal allowance is taxpayer money and the per diem should be fair. Drews made a motion to rescind the per diem increase but the motion failed.
In other business, the council:
• Voted to approve the meeting agenda.
• Sponsored the Greenway High School Day of Caring for $100.
• Authorized Richard Ferguson to finish the tennis court project.
• Voted to transfer a passbook savings account.