At last week’s meeting of the Marble City Council, it was noted that, due to the weather, the city’s water main project is stalled until it dries up a bit. The project will move forward as weather allows. The council also approved a motion to pay two estimates that are due for several water projects.
Councilors approved sending a letter regarding the Cogswell property asking the resident to stop in to city hall and continue efforts to take care of blight.
One building permit was approved for construction of a fence. The council, however, tabled a decision on a building permit for a garage due to its location on a property line. Councilors would like more information before approving.
Members of the city council expressed concern over a rental property in which the tenants have ducks/chickens in their yard, which does not comply with the city ordinance.
A significant portion of last week’s meeting was dominated by a discussion on a proposed group policy for the cities of Marble and Calumet as well as Greenway Township. Jeff Elich of Principal Financial Group presented a proposal for the three entities. If the three approved a group policy, the cost would be significantly lower than the current cost billed separately. There would be six employees in the group policy, if accepted. The proposal would include short- and long-term coverage as well as life insurance. If the three entities enroll in all three coverage areas, a 5 percent discount would apply. The council indicated a desire to talk to more of the small towns/townships in the region to determine if there is additional interest in group coverage.
There are 12 major cracks in the siding at city hall. After checking with Latvala Lumber, the city discovered the siding used at city hall is no longer produced. Councilors discussed submitting a claim with League of Minnesota Cities. A possible lawsuit against the siding makers also was discussed. The city will try to obtain more information about the lawsuit. Meanwhile, the council approved submitting an insurance claim regarding the siding and other related problems. City officials also are talking to Latvala lumber about estimates for seamless siding and gutters.