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Water meter proposal in Canton


Mon, Nov 21st, 2016
Posted in Canton Government

By Liz Giese

The Canton City Council heard an alternative proposal for the water meter replacement project at their regular meeting on November 9.

Canton resident Robroy Kelly was present at the meeting to ask the council to consider an alternative type of water meter when they replace the existing meters. He explained to the council that he had visited Stockton, Minn., a local town that has made the decision to use the type of meter he was proposing, and spoken with the city clerk who has done a lot of research for the project. He provided information sheets and bids, as well as a sample meter, to share with the council.

The water meter proposed by Kelly is a flowIQ® 2100 made by Kamstrup. He stated that they are extremely accurate and very low flow and that the cost is comparable to, if not lower than, the customary type of meter. He claimed that there would be many benefits, including long life span, flexibility in the way they can be set and a remote meter reader.

Kelly went on to say that he is able to get two of these meters and a reader if the city is interested in trying it. The council discussed and decided that they would be willing to install the sample meters to try it out through the winter. This will give the city time to firm up the numbers to see what it would actually cost and also give Public Works Manager Jon Nordsving time to look into it. The city plans to make a decision on which type of meter to use in time for the project to move forward in the spring.

2017 budget

Mayor Donivee Johnson and City Clerk Lolly Melander informed the council that they had been working on the budget and the increase was down to 4% with the numbers available at the time. Although there was a significant decrease, several additional expenses had been included in anticipation of next year’s needs.

The S10 pick up that Nordsving uses will need to be replaced in the near future, so $4,500 was added to the 2017 budget to help cover it. Also, since the city would be responsible if the fire department were to be unable to pay their bills, the amount of that obligation was included in the budget. If the fire department pays all their bills as expected, it will leave a little extra room in the budget.

The council approved a motion to increase the fringe benefits for the city’s employees and that cost was also included in the updated budget. The employe .....
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Opal M. Underbakke

Mon, Nov 7th, 2016
Posted in Canton Obituaries

Opal Marie Underbakke was born on February 26, 1925 on a farm near Burr Oak, Iowa, to Louie and Violet (Wilbur-Ward) Underbakke. She was baptized and confirmed at the Burr Oak United Methodist Church. Opal attended grade school at Pierce-Underbakke S ..... 
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Dean L. Starks

Mon, Nov 7th, 2016
Posted in Canton Obituaries

Dean L. Starks, 79, of Madison, passed away on October 30, 2016 at Sanford Hospital. Funeral services will begin on Thursday, November 3 at 1 PM at Kinzley Funeral Home in Madison. Burial will follow at the Winfred Cemetery. Visitation will be hel ..... 
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Canton Historical Society gets loan

Mon, Oct 17th, 2016
Posted in Canton Government

At their regular meeting on October 12, 2016, the Canton City Council approved a loan for the Canton Historical Society. President of the Canton Historical Society (CHS), Kathy Haynes, was present at the meeting to ask for a loan to allow the CHS t ..... 
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A View From The Woods - Do It Yourself

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Oct 3rd, 2016
Posted in Canton Columnists

Do It Yourself I often visit my 84-year-old mother for several days at her senior apartment outside of the Twin Cities. She likes to take me to the large living room downstairs where friends gather at all hours of the day and evening to chat, drink ..... 
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Things are looking up for Fire Cat Solar

Mon, Sep 19th, 2016
Posted in Canton Home & Garden

By Barb Jeffers Business is heating up for Shawn Bangs and his company, Fire Cat Solar, LLC, located in Canton, Minn. As solar energy becomes more popular, Fire Cat Solar is there to help the average person not only understand how the process work ..... 
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Locating AEDs in Canton

Mon, Sep 19th, 2016
Posted in Canton Government

By Liz Giese The Canton City Council discussed where to place two additional AEDs at their regular meeting on September 14, 2016. The City of Canton will be getting two additional Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). An AED is a portable de ..... 
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Chuck Fellows

Mon, Sep 19th, 2016
Posted in Canton Obituaries

Chuck Fellows, age 90 of Canton, Minn., went to be with his Lord and Savior on September 7, 2016, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, at the age of 90 years, 10 months, and 15 days. Funeral services were held 10 a.m. Monday, Sept 12, 2016 at the Cresco Community ..... 
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Karen Arneson

Mon, Sep 12th, 2016
Posted in Canton All

Karen L. Arneson, age 71, of rural Canton, died Saturday, September 3, 2016 at home following a lengthy fight with cancer. Karen was born August 25, 1945 on the farm in Prosper, Minn., to Lyle and Alice (Albertson) Wilbur. She attended the Prosp ..... 
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