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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, treasurer report and payment of expenses. There were no sign-ups for the open forum.

Public Works director and fire chief Jimmie Dean updated the council on the pagers currently in use. He said they are a model that is no longer available, and many of the pagers are having speaker problems. A proposal to upgrade the pagers was approved. He said he’d checked into a pumper truck being sold by the city of Mazeppa, but it is in need of repairs, so wouldn’t be a good buy. He also said the city park was recently “trimmed up” and is looking nice.

Mr. Dean then discussed the city’s well, which has a new water meter which is more accurate than the old meter. It shows the well is running at a lower flow than expected. This means that the pump is losing pressure somewhere, and that’s a problem the city needs to look into fixing. He said, “If it’s bad casings, it could run into $100,000,” but he’s hopeful that the problem is not that serious. Council members discussed their options, and asked if the old well could be put back into use. Mr. Dean will check with the Department of Health to see if that is feasible.

Mr. Dean talked about a recent power outage on November 8, and said such outages cause many alarms within the city. He will contact Alliant Energy to see what can be done.

The council discussed necessary increases to the city’s base rates for water and sewer usage. It was noted that the current base rate of $1.50 per 1000 gallons is very low compared to other cities, and mayor Nesler stated, “The water side definitely needs to come up”. The council discussed raising the rate and favored doing a small, gradual increase. Mr. Dean said when he’s discussed this issue with residents, they are more understanding when they find out the impact to them would be an increase of only about $30 to $35 per month. A decision will be made later.

The council discussed moving the “Welcome to Ostrander” sign to Lund Park, and talked about putting it where the well pump now sits. The area would need to be reinforced, since people will undoubted climb on the structure. It was suggested to put up a plaque, and possibly a fl .....
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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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City of Ostrander Will Regulate City Brush Dump With New Hours of Operation

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in Ostrander Government

The Ostrander City Council approved regulated hours for use of their city’s brush dump at their Tuesday, August 6 meeting. Public Works Director, Jimmie Dean, had expressed concern over outside residents dumping garbage and non-burnable items. Th ..... 
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Monthly meeting of the Ostrander City Council

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in Ostrander Government

March 5, 2013 Pledge of Allegiance The monthly meeting of the Ostrander City Council was called to order at 6:10 p.m. by Mayor Pat Nesler. Approval of Consent Agenda Motion by Kunert, and seconded by Jones and unanimously carried to accept t ..... 
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Ostrander City Council

Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in Ostrander Government

The monthly meeting of the Ostrander City Council was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Mayor Linda Schwenn. All council members were present. Mayor Schwenn thanked all who ran for council and said congratulations to new Mayor (Pat Nesler) and Coun ..... 
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