At last week’s Marble City Council meeting the first item of business was approving the consent agenda which consisted of the regular minutes from Feb. 8, 2016 and the bills/payroll from February 2016.
Street Supervisor Mark Castellano addressed the council concerning trading in the lawn mower every three to four years. He priced two different mowers at Pokegama Lawn and Sport. One was a Briggs and Stratton and the other was a Kawasaki that was fuel injected. Pokegama Lawn and Sport will give the city a trade in value of $4,500 for the old mower. The council decided that it was a good idea to trade every few years and authorized the purchase of the Kawasaki for $4,700, after trade-in.
Castellano also said that they would soon need a tailgate spreader. Mayor Daidre Breen suggested getting one before winter and said that issue should be revisited at a fall meeting.
The council authorized Wastewater Supervisor Robert Staydohar to attend a conference in Brooklyn Park from March 22 to 25. The council also approved Staydohar’s request to change the lights out in one of the wastewater buildings. A quote from A-Z Electric for $1,600 to install the lights was approved by the council.
The council approved a gun raffle and one-day liquor license for the Greenway Fire Department. The event will take place May 7. Joe Schmidt told the council that the two trucks that are for sale are currently up for auction at Lefty’s along with other various nozzles, hoses and tanks. He also informed the council about a spaghetti feed benefit to be held on April 23 for Don “Bugs” Bogdanovich.
In other business, the council:
• Awarded a contract to Casper Construction for the 2015 Water Improvements Project 5 in the amount of $292,820. The project is slated to begin in June. Clerk Tracey Schwartz applied for a IRRRB grant for this project and it was approved. The council thanked the clerk for all her hard work on this project.
• Discussed spring clean up and getting a dumpster like last year. The council instructed Schwartz to make the arrangements.
• Discussed the issue of the flags at the Post Office being improperly placed/flown. The Post Office is in a building they rent so the city can’t do much about it. The landlord was contacted and said the city could fix it, but he wouldn’t pay any expenses. The city suggested using the street department to do the work and the issue is being looked into. The council also discussed asking the Taconite Legion for a monetary donation to help with this issue.