At last week’s regular city council meeting, Greenway Fire Department Chief Ladd Finke reported to Marble officials that the department awarded the bid for construction of the joint new fire hall to Maasch Construction. Four bids were received and Maasch submitted the low bid of $537,000. Construction is slated to begin this spring. The new building will house the recently formed Greenway Fire Department - a merger of the Calumet and Marble departments. Collaboration and cooperation between the departments have been key to the funding of the new facility. Major portions of the funding include monies from the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board and the state.
Other items of business addressed by the council included:
• Street Commissioner Mark Castellano reported on the Wellhead Protection Plan. Several underground tanks and other possible sources of wellhead contamination need to be noted and the hazard, if any, determined.
• The Windy Anderson lots recently returned to city ownership will be listed with Coldwell Banker and put up for sale.
• A discussion concerning the sewer and water rates took up a significant amount of time at the meeting. Currently, the charges are $38/sewer, $20/water, and a $2/service charge for a total monthly charge of $60. Concern during the discussion centered on the current charge for the sewer portion of the service. Action was taken to invite Minnesota Rural Water to the city to assess the actual expense of the sewer and recommend a responsible charge. The current charge does not provide for funding should something major happen to the wastewater plant. A cost analysis will provide numbers and a starting point for further discussion.
• The council approved a $250 donation for the CloseUp trip to Washington, D.C.
• Mileage and per diem reimbursement for staff/official attendance at out of town meetings was tabled.