At last week’s Coleraine City Council meeting, Street Commissioner Randy Savich gave the council an update on the ball field improvements. The city received a quote of $6,688 to haul 26 loads of black dirt and remake the field. Councilor Mary Drews moved to accept the quote and the council approved the project. The project is scheduled start this week and will take three weeks to complete.
Water usage is increasing due to lawn watering according to Savich. With the dry weather, the water usage has risen about 40,000 gallons per day. On the other hand, crews were able to save about 100,000 gallons per day by repairing one leak and stop another by closing a supply valve to an abandoned house.
Councilors voted to approve a lease agreement with School District 316 on the parking lot north of City Hall. The information available indicated that it will be a municipal parking lot.
Coleraine Police Chief Lonnie Mjolsness reported on a case involving the unauthorized resurfacing of Roosevelt Ave. in the form of skid marks. Mjolsness confirmed that three suspects have since received tickets for exhibition driving. The drivers were caught after police investigated videos posted on the internet. Chief Mjolsness said the radar trailer is ready for duty and discussed various strategic locations for it and the portable speed bumps.
In other business, the council:
• Voted to approve the consent agenda and the meeting agenda.
• Thanked the Kiwanis Club for cleaning 13 bags of garbage from Longyear Park.
• Discussed the possibility of restructuring the library director’s job into a full time position.
• Voted to approve a five year lease of office space to be shared by the MN State Patrol and the MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension in the new Emergency Services Building.
• Tabled the vote on a resolution to support a Minnesota House Bill to overhaul the IRRRB.
• Released the report of the city of Coleraine annual audit.
• Voted to remove all but three of the crooked flag poles in Longyear Park and save those for future use.