The City of Ostrander city council held a characteristically brief meeting the evening of Tuesday, February 6. Little to no budgetary discussion was held, the fire department had no calls from the previous month to report, a few small items of business were acted upon.
The meeting opened with an address by the sole visitor, Doc Shipton of Fins and Films. Fins and Films, a non-profit organization active in the Spring Valley area, holds an annual grasstop drag racing event. Last year, the group hosted the races at Ostrander’s brush dump, a venue which has previously been used by other groups for mud drag race events. Mr. Shipton requested that the organization be allowed to return for a second consecutive year, and after some discussion among councilmembers, the event was approved for 2024. Should all go as scheduled, the event will be held July 13 from noon to 2 p.m.
Following the approval of Fins and Films’ drag race, there was discussion on purchases made for the city’s snowplow. Following some damage to the plow, a new pivot ram was purchased, along with two new cutting edges and a wear plate kit. The total cost of the purchase was $1118.
The council also carried a motion to establish a city-owned water fill station. The station will be near the water tower immediately west of Ostrander’s community center, and users will be charged a fee of $10 per thousand gallons of water. Farmers will be able to use the fill station to draw water for mixing sprayed chemicals.
Fire Cheif Jason Rice presented two new candidates for the Ostrander volunteer fire department, Zack Miller and Jason Rice. Both were approved by the council. Although the month’s criminal and police activity are usually reviewed during Ostrander City Council meetings, no Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office report was prepared for Tuesday’s meeting.
As the meeting’s final item, the council confirmed that the city’s community center will be held as a voting site for the presidential primaries on March 5.
Ostrander City Council meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Ostrander Community Center, 410 N Main St., Ostrander, Minn. With March’s presidential primary falling on the first Tuesday of the month, next month’s city council meeting will be held March 12.