Demolition of the former Spur Station on Central Avenue in Nashwauk likely will take place within the next several weeks, city officials noted at last week’s regular council meeting. The asbestos inspection has been completed (none was found). The results will be sent to the state and then a ten-day waiting period begins after which the demolition may take place. A letter will be sent to the owner by the clerk’s office as a matter of information. One concern expressed was the possibility of unknown contents in the building - contents that may need to be removed, by the owner or the city or both, prior to demolition. The contractor may delay demolition if there are contents that are not acceptable to landfill. Provided there are no glitches, the long process may soon be over.
In other business:
• A probationary policy for the Nashwauk Ambulance Service was reviewed by City Attorney John Dimich and approved by the council. The policy provides for a period of 180 days when the service may terminate employment immediately, with or without cause and with or without notice. The EMT/First Responder may terminate employment in the same manner.
• It was noted that the Nashwauk Police Department will purchase a new taser.
• The Arrowhead Procare Membership Agreement was approved.
Following adjournment of the regular meeting, the council met with the city’s auditor in order to clarify recommendations made in the most recent audit. The information clearly defined will be given to department heads to assist with more efficient budgetary management. No official action was taken.
The next meeting of the city council will be April 22, 4:30 p.m. The Board of Appeals will be held the same day at 1 p.m. in Memorial Hall.