At last week’s meeting of the Marble City Council, officials approved Street Supervisor Mark Castellano’s continued attendance at water certification courses in Two Harbors.
Castellano reported that the city is running well No. 2 and the pump is working well. Mayor Daidre Breen brought up the issue of a catch basin that was wide open and suggested putting a fence around it, or another remedy. Castellano will look into the issue.
The city received a bid from Waste Management to place a dumpster in front of City Hall for one week again this year. The council agreed that it worked well last year. The bid from Waste Management remained unchanged. The dates that the dumpster will be available to city residents is yet to be determined. The Girl Scouts will deliver a note to every house that lists what items can be put in the dumpster as well as the dates it will be available.
Steve Georgi, director of RAMS (Range Association of Municipalities and Schools), was present to introduce himself. He provided a brief history of RAMS, what the organization does and thanked the council/city for their past support. He said they are trying to secure funds for expanding broadband to more areas of the Iron Range. He handed out the organization’s legislative agenda to council members and urged them to write a resolution urging Gov. Dayton to reconsider his position on precious mineral mining. He directed those in attendance to visit the RAMS website for more information on its activities.
In other business, the council:
• Approved the minutes of March 14 regular meeting and bills/payroll from March 2016.
• Approved moving ahead with necessary steps to adopt the Minnesota Code book.
• Approved a $100 donation to Greenway Day of Caring.
• Discussed the city’s copy machine. The fax is not working and needs a new part, which will cost $150. Clerk Tracey Schwartz reported looking into other options. She received quotes on a new scanner/copier/fax to replace the current one. The new machine also could be leased. A quote for a new Samsung machine was not clearly worded and Schwartz is going to ask for clarification before the council makes a decision.