Mayor Bill King called the regular meeting to order at 5 p.m.
Several plans and costs for the city library project (front entrance) have been received and after some discussion the project costing $28,000 was thought to be the best option. Currently, the city is looking for funds to cover the cost for the springtime project.
The Keewatin Public Utilities’ budget for 2014 was reviewed. Several questions were raised and will be researched for answers. The budget of $1,089,339.00 was accepted.
Several utility poles in the community are leaning to the point of stressing the wires connected to them. Public Utility Supervisor Mick LaBine will work with Minnesota Power to replace the poles at a cost of $18,300.
Funds in the amount of $9,227.70 will be transferred back to the Street Department. The funds were borrowed by the city for a vehicle purchase and will now be returned.
ProBlast, a Keewatin industrial company, will refinish the sanding truck for the coming winter season.
In other action:
• Tom Dye, of Stantec (St. Paul, MN), spoke to the council concerning possible and necessary improvements to the city’s wastewater treatment plant. State funds might be available should the city ‘earn’ a minimum of 45 points on the state’s funding scale. Since it has been over 20 years since the city made any major improvements to the plant, the city has a 20-point jump start on the funding scale. The council took action to begin the facility plan. The plan must be submitted by March of next year in order to be in the next round of funding.
• Alan Johnson, city engineer, will work with LaBine to develop road repair projects within the city and submit the projects to the county to be included in the county’s five-year plan.
• Six sealed bids were received by the Keewatin Police Department for the 2010 Chevy Impala (the former squad car). The vehicle sold to the highest bid, $6,543.21.
• The Nov. 27 meeting was changed to Nov. 26 because of the Thanksgiving holiday.
• A work session was set for Oct. 29 at 5 p.m.