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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 Ostrander. Schahl commented that because Ostrander is a small town, there are some safeguards needed to assure proper oversight of financial matters, and he said the council handles this by carefully watching all financial dealings closely. He stated that the city’s General Fund cash reserve is around $55000, down slightly from about $62000 a year prior, but doesn’t feel that is a major concern.

Dan Gossman from Federal Warning Systems presented the Council with information and materials related to several options for the city to consider relating to possible improvements to the current warning siren, which is apparently over 60 years old. The siren was recently repaired, and is working well now, but because of its age, there are no estimates on how long it will function. He suggested that if the City continues to use the current siren, it should be placed 10 or 15 feet higher, so it would be better heard throughout town. He also said most cities are now using a radio-controlled mechanism, so the siren could be activated remotely by city or county personnel, which saves time and therefore possibly lives. He also said Harmony recently bought new sirens, so that city may be looking to sell their old sirens, which Ostrander could look into. Gossman also described the options for having battery backup power for the siren. After some discussion, the council chose to keep the siren as is for now, and will talk with Harmony about their sirens. The city will look into costs to install radio-controls for the current siren.

Ann Keim from First LeRoy Agency spoke to the council about property and casualty coverage torts. She explained the current torts limit how much an individual or group could sue the city for. After brief discussion, the council voted unanimously to keep the torts and limits as is.

Public Works Director and Fire Chief Jimmie Dean spoke to the Council, and described the condition of the Fire Department’s SCBA masks. He said they are outdated and currently there are only two in working order, so there is no backup. He said because of the age of the equipment, “We’re back about five compliances” and asked the City to consider purchasing new SCBA’s. The .....
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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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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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