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Rushford City Council Report: City will re-open bidding process on generators


Fri, Jul 18th, 2003
Posted in Features

The Rushford City Council voted unanimously to re-open the bidding process for electrical generators at their Monday, July 14 meeting. The Council had previously awarded the bid to Zeigler Power Systems for three 2200 kW Caterpillar generators with manual controls.

But following a Monday afternoon meeting with representatives of Associated Consultants Engineering, Mayor T.S. Roberton recommended re-bidding the generators.

The bid process has been compromised, Roberton said. There have been verbal changes after seeing other peoples bids. Roberton also questioned whether the city really wanted the manual system.

I think we need to re-bid, Roberton concluded.

Council member Ron Mierau agreed, saying that he didnt fully understand what a manual system meant when he voted previously on the measure. Mierau explained that a manual system is the method of manually balancing the load, rather than automatically letting the equipment do it.

St. Charles and Lanesboro wanted a manual system on their generators, but this is something we dont need, Mierau said. The change order could result in considerable savings to the city.

Carrol Schlimmer of Associated Consultants Engineering said that the rebidding process could take up to 45 days once the Electric Utility Commission approves the specifications.

In other business related to the generator project, a group of 25 citizens have filed a petition with the Environmental Quality Board requesting an environmental review of the project. On July 7 the council voted to locate the generators on Cemetery Road.

One of the petitioners, Eric Hoiland, presented a questionnaire to the council outlining six questions related to the generator project. These were read to the council. When Roberton asked if any council members wished to discuss this matter further, all of them declined.

Zoning

The council discussed at length a recommendation by the Zoning Board to grant a 17 foot variance to Jerome Gunderson to build a house on a lot on Pine Meadows Lane.

Mike Sexauer, the developer of Pine Meadows subdivision, objected to the plan because it would impact on a house he hopes to build on an adjacent lot.

Youre going from 30 feet to 13, Sexauer said. Houses are going to be crowded at the lot line.

Mierau proposed tabling a decision until the council could look at how a sketch of the two houses would look platted next to each other.

The council took no action on the matter, preferring instead to send the matter back to the Zoning Board for further review.

Pedestrian Crossing

Council member Norris Kinneberg reported on a recent meeting between the city and representatives from MnDOT regarding a pedestrian crossing across Highway 43 near the new Rush Creek bridge. Residents are concerned about the safety of children who cross the street to get to the swimming pool.

Kinneberg said that while it would be easy to extend the sidewalk and create a path, any changes would have to meet American Disabilities Act requirements. Kinneberg also said that any attempt to place steps over the dike would require working with the Army Corps of Engineers.

The question is how do you get handicapped people across the street? Kinneberg said.

Kevin Klungtvedt, obviously frustrated with the time delay on this issue, questioned, What does it take to get the cost and timing from the engineers? Klungtvedt kept repeating this question to the mayors dismay.

Roberton eventually asked Klungtvedt to be quiet.

This is not a Rushford issue. It is their (MnDOT) Right of Way, Roberton said. We can request, but we cant demand.

Stop Sign

Council member Nancy Benson brought up the need for a four-way stop at the intersection of Prairie and Grove in the Brooklyn part of town to control speed.

While the general consensus of the council was that speeding is a problem, they were unsure whether placing a four-way stop at the intersection would solve the problem. Police Chief Sam Stensgard said that radar patrolling is less than effective as oncoming cars can spot the patrol car in advance.

My concern is safety, Benson said, making a motion to place a four-way stop on Prairie and Grove. The motion died for a lack of a second.

Letter of Commendation

The council approved a recommendation by Sam Stensgard to have a letter of commendation placed in Officer Jon Kulas personnel file. Stensgard told the council that Kulas actions were critical to the Rushford Police Department gathering evidence that led to formal charges being brought against three men who are believed connected to the theft of ATVs in Rushford.

The council approved the letter of commendation.

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