At last week’s Coleraine city council meeting, council members recognized Deputy Clerk Mary Roy who was recently awarded the designation of Minnesota Certified Municipal Clerk. To earn this award, Deputy Clerk Roy has met the standards in education and experience as required by the Municipal Clerks and Financial Officers Associations of the State of Minnesota.
Randy Savich, Coleraine street commissioner, reported that part of Pear Lake Road was underwater and the city needs to raise the road grade and install culverts. Savich said the road work would include two 30-inch culverts and cost $80,000. The back-up generator in the water plant is in need of major repairs or replacement following an electrical malfunction, he added.
In the midst of mediation, the city of Taconite has released a document of proposed changes as a revision to the joint powers agreement it has with the cities of Coleraine and Bovey to operate a joint sewage treatment plant. One of the changes has to do with what portion of the total cost to operate the treatment plant is levied to each city. Instead of a fixed percentage, the cost to each city would be based on the volume of sewage generated by that city for six months and then averaged.
This floating average would make each city fiscally accountable for amount of effluent it sends to the plant. Currently, Coleraine pays roughly 50 percent of the cost of running the plant as stipulated by the original 1987 agreement. This revision was prompted by the need to build a forced main from the city of Taconite to the treatment plant. Coleraine and Bovey would have to pay for the majority of the forced main, but the forced main would have virtually no utility value for those two cities.
Councilors also voted to direct City Attorney John Dimich to send a ‘cease operation’ order to the owner of the animal crematorium to be effective until they can solve the smoke odor problem. The crematorium operates under a conditional use permit.
In other business, city officials:
• Voted to approve the consent agenda.
• Gave thanks to the city crew who made short work of a downed tree at the library prior to the concert.
• Voted to send the city clerk to an IRRRB training session in August.
• Voted to spend $1,344 to repair loose bricks on city hall for safety reasons.
• Gave City Clerk Sandra Bluntach permission to secure financing for the Hawkins Avenue project.
• Passed a motion to make the beach policies official.
• Voted to accept an employee policy.