At the June 13 meeting of the Marble City Council, Street Supervisor Mark Castellano gave an update on the work that is being done on the south side of town. There have been difficulties with shutting off the water while doing work across the highway. Castellano recommended doing a change order, which included the installation of a 15-foot pipe and valve. The council made a motion and approved the change order at a cost of $6,000. The city has saved money in other areas, making the extra expenditure possible.
The council also approved a payment to A-Z Electric in the amount of $5,075.51 for rewiring wastewater clarifiers. In other wastewater business, the council approved purchases for a new computer after the old one quit working. Costs approved by the council included; $669.10 for computer, $169.75 for monitor and $219.00 for software from computer supplier Compudyne. The fire hydrant at wastewater plant is leaking and doesn’t drain. The council approved replacement by Casper Construction with a good, used hydrant.
Staydohar met with personnel at Edward Jones as part of a yearly evaluation of the city’s investments. As of May 7, there was $37,450 in replacement savings (the city tries to keep a balance of $25,000). The council approved reinvesting $12,450 with EdwardJones from this account. As of May checking had $52,200 (the city tries to keep a $30,000 balance in this account). The council also approved reinvesting $22,000 from this account.
In other business, the council:
• Approved the council minutes from May 9, 2016 and bills and payroll for May 2016 as presented.
• Approved payment of $231,728 to Casper Construction for work on the water main project. There are five total projects and this bill covered projects one through four.
• Noted that the summer reading program will start Thursday, June 16 at 2 p.m. The coin hunt/sawdust pile activity will be held Sunday, July 3 at 1 p.m. for Marble children. A coffee/cake social will take place afterward.
• Noted that the city was awarded $1,000 from the Beefy Lawson Memorial Fund for dirt work at the rink.
• Passed a motion allowing alcohol to be served at city hall for a wedding as long as renters agree to pay for the necessary extra insurance coverage. Insurance would be provided through Itasca Reliable Insurance.
• Noted that 12 pieces of siding on the city hall are cracked. Castellano will take a sample of cracked siding to Latvala Lumber to see what needs to be done.
• Approved a new contract with Minnesota Pump Works.
• Adopted two ordinances related to zoning and rubbish.
• Approved three building permits.
• Noted that city employees and Greenway township employees insurance contracts are up. The city and township talked about piggy-backing these policies to obtain a lower premium. Officials will speak with the insurance provider on the matter.
• Passed a motion to fix a street light on a city light post with an LED light.