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Mabel in need of ambulance service members

Fri, May 10th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Government

By Hannah Wingert

The Mabel City Council met on May 8, 2013 at 7pm. All council members were present.

The meeting began with discussion from visitors at the meeting. Carl Westby asked about blacktopping the gravel alley by his house as there is a recurring erosion problem. As the alley is owned by the homeowners, it is their responsibility to cover the cost. They would like to have it priced and blacktopped. A motion was passed to have an engineer look at it. A “Watch for Children” sign was also requested for that road, and a motion was passed to put the sign up.

Melissa Folstad said that if they cannot recruit more members, she’s not sure if the ambulance service can continue to function as it has been. An ad has been run in the News Record every year, but hasn’t seen much response lately. She suggested having an article written up about the problem to garner more awareness. The council decided to discuss this issue more at the next meeting.

Kati Tweeten and Bobbie Vickerman stated that the baseball field is in need of repair and updating. The Minnesota Twins Community Fund will match up to $10,000 for the renovation of existing baseball fields. The Legion has already agreed to fiscally assist with the project, and the ladies will be looking for other sponsors in the community to help fund the project. They estimated the total cost to be approximately $18,000. A motion was passed to have Kati Tweeten apply for the grant in the maximum amount for the City of Mabel.

An automated debit system to enable citizens of Mabel to pay their bills automatically and have employees’ checks direct deposited was discussed. City Clerk Karen Larson said that Bank of the West’s fees for automated services are $50 a month for the first 25 users and $0.15 a month for each additional user. The council had previously decided to go with Banyan for those services, but had not made any payments yet. A motion was passed to rescind the motion for Banyan and to use Bank of the West instead. A discussion about a service fee for those who will be using the automated bill pay service was brought up, but was tabled for the time being.

Karen Larson pointed out that the city offices do not have a credit card to use for purchasing supplies. A motion was passed to apply for a credit card through Bank of the West in the second quarter.

A motion was passed to raise the reconnect fees to $35 beginning on July 1st with a notification going out in the bills in June. Adding a disconnect fee was discussed, but the council decided not to do so at this time.

The city has been notified that Tri County Electric rates will be increasing by two percent. A motion to hold a public hearing about the increase at the next city council meeting was passed.

Installing flags in the council room was discussed. The Legion will donate an American flag so the city will need to purchase a Minnesota state flag and two stands at a cost of approximately $200. A motion was passed to approve the purchase.

Robert Mierau gave the Public Works Department report. Nine trees were ordered through the tree program. After the power outage recently, everything is back in working order.

Meeting adjourned. The next meeting will be held June 12, 2013 at 7pm.

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