At last week’s Bovey city council meeting, Treasurer Karla Merhar took a roll call vote to approve the appointed election judges for this year. City officials passed resolution number 16-0720 to affirm Corrine Casio as the Head Judge for the Aug. 9 primary followed by the general election which will be held on Nov. 8. The four other election judges approved were Janet Casey, Joyce Epple, Megen Odden and Betty Tahtinen.
City Engineer John Mattonen gave a status report on the street work on Red Rock Drive. The curb and gutter work has been finished, however there is at least one other problem at the bottom of the hill where the pavement is 11 inches too high. The warranty period of one year has elapsed on the original street work, and the cost to remake part of the street will be $60,000.
Councilor Robert Stein expressed his frustration with the quality of the construction work on Red Rock Drive saying those people pay some hellacious taxes and if we want to further develop Red Rock Dr. it should look like it is worth it. Stein asked council members what the city could do raise the bar in terms of quality assurance.
Mayor Michael Bibich wanted to clarify the relative power structure of the proposed police board. “We’re not acting like a board,” said Bibich, “We won’t have the power to hire and fire.” Bibich said the purchase of major equipment, such as squad cars would require approval by the city council.
Bibich said proposed police board would be a recommendation board. Council members noted there will be an unprecedented joint city council meeting on Aug. 17, 2016 after the regular Bovey City Council meeting to discuss issues related to the police merger.
In other business, the council:
• Voted to accept the consent agenda.
• Approved the meeting agenda with one cancellation.
• Voted to approve City Clerk Tara DeGuiseppi as the designee / alternate to represent the city of Bovey at the monthly CIRI brownfields meetings.