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Mabel City Council approves proposals

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met on April 9, 2014 at 7 p.m. All council members were present except for Kirsten Wyffels.

Shawn Welty and Mark Davy from Davy Engineering were present at the meeting to present the council with the bids for Proposals 1 and 2. Proposal 1 was for the Sewer and Water Rehabilitation and Spot Repairs project which Davy Engineering recommended awarding to Jech Excavating, Inc for their bid of $1,263,913.12 pending Rural Development concurrence. Proposal 2 was for the No-Dig Lining and Spot Repairs project which Davy Engineering recommended awarding to Visu-Sewer, Inc for their bid of $119,322.50 pending Rural Development concurrence. A motion passed to accept the recommendations.

Mark Davy informed the council that the City of Mabel is currently over budget for engineering costs due to having to re-bid projects four times. The engineering contract needs to be updated in order for the city to be reimbursed for the additional engineering costs by Rural Development.

The minutes from the March 12, 2014 meeting were reviewed and approved.

The monthly bills were reviewed and approved for payment.

Public Works Department Director Robert Miereau spoke with several of the homeowners on Cherrywood Drive. Due to the configuration of the street and the difficulty in obtaining easements, he recommended putting blacktop millings down on the road and culverts where necessary rather than putting in curbs and gutters. The homeowners he spoke with were amenable to the change in plans.

The Recreational Vehicle Ordinance was reviewed and updated prior to the meeting. A permit will now be required for recreational vehicles to be driven within city limits. A copy of the updated ordinance will be given out with all permit applications and will also be sent out with utility bills. A summary of the ordinance will be published in the Mabel News Record.

The city lot at 112 North Lyndale Street was appraised. The council agreed to sell the lot. Bids will be accepted until noon of May 14, and the bids will be opened at the beginning of the city council meeting that evening.

Several Mabel residents had requested that handicapped parking spots be made available by BBG’s restaurant. The council passed a motion to turn the first two parallel parking spots into handicapped parking.

Public Works Department Director Robert Miereau updated the council on the tree program. He’s not sure what the species of trees will be available yet, but the trees will be purchased from Village Farm and Home. Mabel residents interested in participating in the tree program are asked to call City Hall for more details.

Mabel City Clean-Up Day is scheduled for May 10 from 8 a.m.-noon. An announcement will be sent out in the utility bills.

Several individuals have expressed interest in an extra water meter to avoid paying sewer charge when watering their lawns and gardens. The council will work on determining charges for the extra meters at the next meeting and tabled the issue for the time being.

A motion was passed to put up three Yield signs at the intersection of Karlil and Hagan Streets.

Miereau has a spec sheet for the water meter project and will tailor it to the City’s needs before putting the project in the newspaper for bids.

The Household Hazardous Waste Collecton for Fillmore County will be held the first Tuesday in May and October this year at the Resource Recovery Center in Preston from noon-5 p.m.

The meeting was adjourned. The next meeting will be held May 14, 2014 at 7 p.m.

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