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City of Mabel Assesses Flood Damage

Fri, Jul 12th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Government

By Hannah Wingert

The Mabel City Council met on July 10, 2013 at 7 pm. All city council members were present.

Carl Westby was present at the meeting to ask about updates on the Cherrywood Drive improvements. Once the easements are determined, the homeowners can sign their easements over to the city, which would give the city authority to blacktop and improve the road.

Robert Miereau announced that he will be staying on as Mabel’s city maintenance director.

City Clerk Karen Larson stated that the city will not be required to levy a fire tax in 2014.

The Mabel Business Association sent in a fireworks application for Steam Engine Days. The council approved the application.

Larson verified that the expiration date for the franchise with Mediacom was, in fact, 2016 as stated in the letter received last month. She spoke with Lee Grassley from Mediacom about the expiration and he offered to visit the city council at the next meeting in August to answer any questions they might have. Kirsten Wyffels suggested that the council also look at other options for cable or satellite service and have them presented at the August meeting as well.

Larson obtained a quote from Bill Myers for vertical blinds to be installed in the community center. He recommended using sun control shades instead as they would be less prone to breaking and less expensive. The council approved a motion to have the sun control shades installed by Bill Myers.

Kirsten Wyffels spoke about a meeting she’d been to for the Mabel Ambulance Service the night before. Winneshiek County has offered assistance to the ambulance service. The recent media coverage of the crew shortages has received a positive response, but the service is still in need of assistance. The Winneshiek service will look into the issues they’ve previously had with insurance and Medicare billing due to the fact that Winneshiek is across the Minnesota state border to allow them to offer assistance.

The city had Lyle Amdahl’s property surveyed as he is donating it to the city to be used as a parking lot for the community center. The value was set at $4,300. Amdahl will contact Attorney Richard Nethercut to draft a formal purchase agreement to ensure that the property is used as he would like.

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension sent the city a resolution to sign to designate an authorized representative for the police department and prosecuting attorney for the City of Mabel. The council nominated and approved City Clerk Karen Larson as the designated representative.

Robert Miereau obtained information on an inter-crosswalk “Watch for Children” sign to be put up at the corner of Hagen and Prairie as requested by Stanley Nelson. That type of a sign would cost the city approximately $350 to put up, whereas a standard “Watch for Children” sign is approximately $80. The council discussed several different options and decided to have Miereau put up a fluorescent cone to slow drivers down at that intersection.

The City of Mabel received a grant from the Minnesota Twins Community Fund in the amount of $10,000 with the stipulations that the city match the grant and that the grant money is used within 12 months. The grant will be used to renovate the baseball diamond.

Chuck and Darlene Dahl of Mabel have donated a flagpole to be placed in front of the community center. The council discussed the possibility of putting up a plaque in honor of the donation, but no decision was made at this time.

Robert Miereau said that the city has received 11 bids from contractors for the sewer project. The bids will be opened on July 24 and the city council will meet at 7 pm on that date to review the bids with the Davies engineers.

Due to the recent flooding on June 23 and 24, Miereau filled out an Impact Statement. The flood damage to the public sector of Mabel is estimated at $90,000-$100,000. The city is waiting to hear if FEMA will declare a disaster, in which case, they will be reimbursed for 75 percent of the repair costs.

The council discussed moving the ball diamond, playground, and picnic shelters so future flooding would not have such an impact on them. The current picnic tables need to be replaced as they were completely submerged for an extended period of time during the recent flooding. Robert Miereau will contact Donna Rasmussen about coordinating a meeting with Newburg Township to discuss preventative actions that could be taken so that such severe flooding does not occur again.

The city set a Clean Up Day for the park for July 20 starting at 8 am. People are encouraged to bring their own tools, but if they do not have access to any, the city will provide.

Meeting adjourned. The next meeting will be held August 14, 2013 at 7 pm.

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