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Chatfield water meter bids dominate meeting


Mon, Jun 20th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Government

By Karen Reisner

Specifications for the installation of remotely readable water meters and the bids submitted dominated the discussion at the June 13 meeting of the Chatfield City Council. Councilors Ken Jacobson and Robert Pederson were absent.

Brian Burkholder, superintendent of city services, reported that the bids for the water meter project closed on May 19. The lowest bidder, out of five bids submitted, failed to price the meters the city requested. For this reason that bid can be rejected. The second lowest bidder allows for remote reading of meters as the city requested in its specifications, but requires a meter reader to enter a home to read the history or 45 days of hourly data. This is something the city does a dozen or so times a month when there is an unusual increase in water usage, a property is sold, or renter moves out. Reading the history remotely saves staff time.

Councilors seemed to be in agreement that what the city wants is a remote reading capability for the regular meter reading and for the 45 day history. The issue is whether the specifications the city provided the vendors makes the remote capability in both instances a requirement.

Councilor Paul Novotny insisted they want to read remotely, from the street, so as not to bother home owners.

City Attorney Fred Suhler argued the city’s specifications were not specific. If the city throws out the bids and has the project rebid, we will get less bidders. He questioned whether the totally remote feature was necessary.

Mayor Russ Smith said the intent is to get away from entering homes unnecessarily. Reading from the street is what we originally had in mind.

Suhler maintained they have to do this straight up, fostering trust; the lowest price wins.

Novotny noted that two bidders have the ability to enable fully remote reading. Part of the issue is that two of the bids were close, a $760 difference on a project costing more than $400,000. The slightly higher bidder can provide the full remote capability, while the lower bidder can not.

Smith suggested throwing out all of the bids and making the specifications clearer. Novotny agreed they should start over.

A motion was approved to table the issue until the next meeting to get the perspectives of Jacobson and Pederson. There was also some question about the exact meaning of the specifications that .....
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Rushford Village details road improvement options

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Village Government

By Kirsten Zoellner City of Rushford Village has spent nearly every meeting over the course of the last three years discussing road improvement needs and projects. Now, the city is set to kick off an $878,000 project in south Rushford in the comin ..... 
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County appoints interim auditor/treasurer, makes structural changes

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

By Karen Reisner Much of the June 7 meeting of the county board was dominated by discussion related to the future of the auditor/treasurer office and staff. Carrie Huffman was appointed as interim A/T. She has been employed by the county as an ac ..... 
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Peterson addresses electrical, natural gas needs

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Peterson Government

By Kirsten Zoellner At the regular May meeting, the Peterson council tabled a decision on an electric distribution work plan pending further review. Following a field assessment by Tri-County Electric Cooperative, the plan was drawn up by STAR Ener ..... 
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Council asks residents to “use common sense”

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Fountain Government

By Barb Jeffers As the Fountain City Council met on Thursday, June 2, 2016 there was a discussion about the city’s noise ordinance. A resident had inquired as to whether the city had a noise ordinance. City Clerk Ronda Flattum stated that oth ..... 
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Variance granted in Canton

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Canton Government

By Liz Giese The Canton City Council held a public meeting for a variance request immediately before their regular meeting on June 8. At the council’s May meeting, Rob Roy Kelly and Mary Hoffman were present to ask about a building permit and a ..... 
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Ostrander resident questions city’s sewer rates

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Ostrander Government

By Hannah Wingert “I can’t afford the sewer rates.” an Ostrander citizen, who asked not to be named, told the city council at their June 7 meeting. “I believe that they’re too high.” She went on to say that she had looked at sewer ra ..... 
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Mabel business owner questions sidewalk ordinance

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Mabel Government

By Hannah Wingert “I’m going to try to get along with you even though I feel attacked,” said Debbie Marsden at the June 8 Mabel City Council meeting. Marsden, a Mabel resident and owner of Debbie’s Corner, was recently hand delivered a let ..... 
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Wykoff News - 6.13.16

By Donna Erdman

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Wykoff Government

By Donna Erdman On Wednesday, Diane and Larry Anderson of Ostrander stopped at Goodies & Gas to fill up with gas and supplies for their planned trip with a new boat. Diane stated it was good to be back in Wykoff. On Friday night at 6 p.m., on KT ..... 
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