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Semcac’s Senior Nutrition Program an asset to Mabel


Mon, Sep 21st, 2015
Posted in Mabel Government



The Mabel City Council met on September 16 at 7 p.m. Mayor Jim Westby was absent.

Advisor to the Mabel-Canton junior class, Jordan Nelson, was present at the meeting along with the junior officers to ask permission to use the city streets and Steam Engine Park for the 5K walk/run fundraiser. The 5K will be held on October 10 from 4:30 to 8 p.m. The council approved the request.

Carolyn Freese gave a presentation on Semcac’s Senior Nutrition Program. The program has been running in Mabel for quite some time now and people are starting to forget about it. As it does not have an advertising budget, Freese asked for the council’s help to spread the word and gain publicity. The program offers Meals on Wheels and Senior Dining. Both programs enable seniors to stay independent and in their homes longer. The social aspect of the Senior Dining is a big asset, as well, and helps combat mental decline. Seniors receiving Meals on Wheels also get safety checks. The meals offered are healthy, balanced, and low cost. No one is ever turned away because of an inability to pay and a free will offering is accepted for meals. Seniors are welcome to order a second meal to eat later at home and alternate foods are offered for those with diabetes or other dietary restrictions. Freese pointed out that a common misconception about the Senior Dining Program is that it is welfare, but that it is completely separate. As Mabel does not have a grocery store, the Senior Nutrition program is essential to the community.

A public hearing was held to discuss the sewer and water rate increases. City Clerk Karen Larson recommended increasing the base water charge from $5 to $10 and the usage rate from $3.95 per 1,000 gallons to $6.04 per 1,000 gallons. She recommended leaving the base sewer charge at $20 and noted that many cities charge $40 to $50 so Mabel’s rates are relatively low. Larson recommended increasing the sewer usage rate from $5.20 per 1,000 gallons to $6.20 per 1,000 gallons. The council approved the rate increases effective as of October 1, 2015.

The minutes of the August 12 meeting were reviewed and approved. The bills were also approved.

After the meeting in August, several council members reviewed locations for a handicapped parking spot by the post office. It was decided to eliminate the current spot and replace it with a handicapped parking spot between the post office and Mabel .....
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Mabel ambulance crew deals with scheduling conflicts

Mon, Aug 17th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met on August 12 at 7 p.m. Council member Liz Folstad was absent. Ambulance Director Neil Folstad reported to the council that Liz Folstad resigned from the Mabel Ambulance Service last week. Scheduling the EMTs and First ..... 
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Mabel street and sewer project on track for completion

Mon, Jul 13th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Government

Curtis Marx from Davy Engineering updated the Mabel city council at their regular meeting on July 8, 2015. Marx reported that the project is on schedule and is expected to be finished by the substantial completion date of July 16. There will be som ..... 
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Ronald McDonald House benefit ride plans stop in Mabel

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met on June 10, 2015 at 7 p.m. Mayor Jim Westby and council member Liz Folstad were not present at the meeting. Terry Torkelson was acting mayor. Kurt Marx from Davy Engineering updated the council. The street project i ..... 
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Mabel discusses ways to enforce city ordinances

Mon, May 18th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met on May 13, 2015 at 7 p.m. All council members were present except for Terry Torkelson. Mark Davy from Davy Engineering presented three change orders for the water and sewer project to the council and a pay request from ..... 
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M-C Junior Olympics Volleyball team attends Mabel City Council meeting

Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met on April 8, 2015 at 7 p.m. All council members were present. Bobbie Vickerman was present at the meeting along with most of the Mabel-Canton Junior Olympics Volleyball team. The team is raising funds for a trip to th ..... 
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Mabel to Renew Contract with Richard’s Sanitation in 2016

Mon, Mar 16th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met on March 11, 2015 at 7 pm at the Mabel Public Library. All council members were present. Mayor Jim Westby thanked the ladies of the library for the refreshments they provided and for offering to host the city council ..... 
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Mabel Fire Department to purchase new tanker truck

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met on February 11, 2015 at 7 p.m. All council members were present. Visitors at the meeting were Brian Erickson, Steve Geving, and Joe Graves from the Mabel Fire Department, and Mark Davy from Davy Engineering. The Mab ..... 
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Westby sworn in as Mayor at Mabel City Council meeting

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met on January 14, 2015 at 7 pm. All council members were present. Jim Westby was sworn in as the new Mayor of Mabel and Melissa Folstad was sworn in as City Council member. Sean Welty from Davy Engineering presented an u ..... 
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