At last week’s Coleraine City Council meeting, council members voted to approve three change orders for the emergency services building project that were recommended by the city engineer. One change order upgrades the specifications to include the addition of 10 bollards at the entrance of the garage and number 4.0 steel reinforcing bars to be added to the concrete slab in front of the garage for $8,820. The second involves relocating plumbing lines at a cost of $7,728. A third change order seeks to reposition the insulation in the foundation at a cost of $2,025. All three change orders will add $18,573 in cost to the original low bid of $839,899.
Street Commissioner Randy Savich gave a status update on various projects including park benches and picnic tables that are being rebuilt and painted. Concrete barriers were placed on the bike trail to protect it from rocks thrown by 4-wheelers. A group of restorative justice workers from Togo spent six hours on recently clearing weeds on city property and right-of-ways.
Councilor Peggy Smith reported that a new sculpture piece has been set in place for permanent display on the south lawn of the Coleraine Public Library. The sculpture reflects the talent of local artist Aaron Squadroni.
In other business, the council:
• Announced a public meeting on water meters will be held on July 12, 2016 at 5 p.m. at the Nyberg Center.
• Accepted a letter of resignation for Police Transcriptionist Kathy Lawson, who is retiring.
• Reviewed the golf cart ordinance, which allows carts to be driven only to and from the golf course. The council also mentioned motorized vehicles, including golf carts, are not allowed in the park.
• Gave permission to begin the process to trade the current squad car with 84,000 miles for a new squad car.
• Voted to waive the monetary limits on tort liability as defined by Minnesota state law and section 466.04.
• Passed a motion to place three vehicles up for sealed bid. Those being a ‘01 Chevy Tahoe, ‘97 Arctic Cat snowmobile and a ‘99 Ford Taurus.
• Voted to spend $200 on the senior center for piano tuning and to buy a new microwave oven.
• Agreed to reimburse a city employee $500 to cover damage incurred to an automobile while on city property.
• Voted to purchase two umbrellas to be used by the lifeguards.
• Approved $214 to be spent to buy liability insurance as requested by the new rental inspector. The coverage is limited to the city of Coleraine.
• Agreed to waive the 90-day probation period for health insurance of a new employee.