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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. The brush dump is now fenced in and new hours will be posted on the gate. Tentatively the hours will be Wednesday 8am-5pm and Saturday 10am-7pm, however a number will be posted for residents to call if they need access to it at other times.

Ostrander will be welcoming a new business in the fall. Amanda Siskow approached the council and inquired about a 3.2 beer and wine license. Her plans are to have her new hair salon opened between September 1 and October 1. Siskow expressed the need for a light lunch place in town as well as offering convenient items for residents to purchase. She will have a deli counter, separate from the salon, in the front of her store. City Administrator, Rhonda Klapperich, informed the council that such a license could not be more than half the cost of a full liquor license. This topic will be researched and addressed at a special council meeting that will occur on August 13.

Visitor Larry Christenson reported on the success of the town’s celebration, Uffda Days, and thanked the council and many volunteers for their efforts. Christenson mentioned highlights of the event; the council and Mayor Pat Nesler thanked Christenson and the Uffda Days committee for their hard work and dedication to the event.

Fire Chief, Jimmie Dean, reported the fire department raked in just over $2300 from the Pork Chop Feed and Mud Bog events held during Uffda Days. He also notified the council there was a possibility a new firefighter joining the fire department.

In new business, the council addressed what to do with an anonymous donation made to the city in the amount of $500. Mayor Nesler would like clarification of where the anonymous donor would like the money to be spent. The donation was given to Jimmie Dean, therefore Nesler suggest Dean approach the donor and ask, then report back to the council.

Councilwoman Heidi Jones expressed her interest in starting a neighborhood watch program. She had recently attended a class in Blooming Prairie to collect information. Jones would like to find out if there is interest not only in Ostrander, but perhaps neighboring communities as well. She will formulate a timeline and report back to the council.

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