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Ostrander discusses parking for events


Mon, Jul 13th, 2015
Posted in Ostrander Government

All members of the Ostrander City Council met in regular session on July 7. Following the approval of prior meeting minutes and payment of expenses, the council discussed parking for events such as Uff Da Days and ball games. Members reported that in past years, there have been problems when vehicles park too close to the houses near the ball park, and there have been instances of people walking through the home owners’ yards. Mayor Nesler said he’d taken pictures to help determine the best solution, and he suggested that at the end of the street, the city should “open that up, move the posts back, and add a graveled area for parking” so that vehicles wouldn’t block the home owners’ driveways. After further discussion, Mayor Nesler summarized, “We need the parking there, we’ll use it a lot” and he urged council members to consider options and come up with ideas to discuss at the next meeting.

Public Works Director Jimmie Dean addressed the council, saying that the sewer plant is working well, and he said McCarthy will come and pull the well on Tuesday (July 14). He said McCarthy is “pretty confident it will take just a day” so there should be no real problems with water being available.

Fire Chief Brian Milner updated the council on five new pagers which have been ordered for the fire department, and asked the council’s thoughts about planning for purchase of another pumper truck, as a back-up for the current pumper, and to help when two are needed. He said he’d seen a pumper for sale for about $10,000 and said, “It’s a 1992 model, pretty much like what we have now…Just something to think about”.

Police Chief Tom Mosher gave his monthly activity report, and highlighted the Potentially Dangerous Dog process, which he pointed out is a state law, not a city ordinance. He said it gives clear guidance for how to respond if dogs in the city are chasing people or behaving aggressively and not confined appropriately. Mosher also said his car’s radar was recently tested and recertified, which is required annually.

The council discussed getting a smartphone for the Clerk, so the city would have voicemail, but decided to take no action at this time. It was pointed out that for city emergencies, law enforcement can always be contacted. The council reviewed the mid-year budgetary numbers, which Mayor Nesler summarized stating, “We’re doing good so far”. Council members a .....
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Ostrander water tower and well discussed

Mon, Jun 8th, 2015
Posted in Ostrander Government

Ostrander City Council met in regular session on June 2. Members present were Pam Kunert, Mayor Pat Nesler, clerk Chris Hyrkas, Heidi Jones, and DJ Start. The council went across the street, and dedicated a park bench at Lund Park in memory of Vin ..... 
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Ostrander Council considers repairs and upgrades

Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
Posted in Ostrander Government

On April 7, all members of the Ostrander City Council were in attendance for a regular meeting. Jason Schahl (from the accounting firm of Smith Schafer & Associates) presented a summary of the 2014 financial audit conducted regarding the City of Os ..... 
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Ostrander city council considers well repairs

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Ostrander Government

A regular meeting of the Ostrander city council was held on November 18 at the Community Center. All council members were in attendance. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, the council approved the consent agenda, including agenda, prior minutes, ..... 
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Ostrander welcomes county commissioner candidate

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Ostrander Government

Harry Root, an upcoming candidate for Fillmore County Commissioner, was the only visitor at the Ostrander City Council meeting on Tuesday, August 5. Root introduced himself to the council and explained what he felt his role as Commissioner would be ..... 
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Springer & Gumbel P.A. hired on as City of Ostrander’s attorneys

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in Ostrander Government

Scott Springer, of Springer & Gumbel P.A., addressed the Ostrander City Council at the June meeting and explained the services and experience offered by his law firm. Springer & Gumbel have offices in Preston, Spring Valley and Chatfield. The fir ..... 
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Ostrander City Council organizes community meeting

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in Ostrander Government

When the Ostrander City Council heard from Brian Malm, of Bolton & Menk, in regards to the new sewer and water treatment center there was a lot to take in. So much that Deputy Mayor Pam Kunert suggested Bolton & Menk representatives visit with commun ..... 
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Brian Malm of Bolton & Menk Engineering addresses Ostrander City Council

Fri, Apr 4th, 2014
Posted in Ostrander Government

Much like some of their neighboring towns, Ostrander is looking to update their water and sewer systems. On Monday, April 1, Brian Malm of Bolton & Menk Engineering Company addressed the council and presented them with two documents needed to move f ..... 
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Ostrander City Council determines liquor license expirations

Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
Posted in Ostrander Government

As liquor licenses expired for businesses in Ostrander on November 30, questions were raised about the exact time an establishment must have a new license in place by. The issued licenses themselves are unclear, giving only a date and not a time. Of ..... 
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