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Wykoff City Council addresses broken warning siren


Mon, May 26th, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Government

It was determined the warning or tornado siren on South Street in Wykoff was not operational at May’s Wykoff City Council meeting. The city’s contracted electrician inspected the wiring to the pole that hosts the siren and everything was in working order. Councilman Comstock suggested it may be the siren itself that is in need of repair, not just the wiring. The city’s electrician did not have a boom truck that would reach the siren at the time the wiring was checked. Comstock spoke to Thompson Motors, who is willing to loan out a truck so the siren can be taken down and inspected. The council decided this was an emergency situation, especially with storm season brewing this time of year. It was decided unanimously to ask for a re-visit from the electrician and utilize the truck from Thompson Motors. In the meantime, the city’s fire department has been notified so they may station on South Street and sound an alarm in the event of an emergency weather situation.

The council was visited by a few residents at their latest meeting. John Bicknese requested permission to remove a second water meter at his property, as nothing is going through it. Permission was granted and Bicknese is to return the meter to the city after uninstalling it. Louis Siskow was also in attendance on behalf of the Fall Fest Committee. She asked Councilman Vreeman to help with the new parade line up parking for the 2014 festival and he obliged. Siskow also mentioned the committee had been offering ‘Burger Night’ on the community center the same night as council members in hopes the council would support raising funds for Fall Fest. She reminded the council it would be nice to see them come out to support the community. Phillip Eickhoff asked the council to close the account on his 104 Gold Street property since his 106 property was technically the same unit. The council advised the City Clerk to do so.

City Clerk Cheryl Davis had inquired to receive one additional hour of PTO time since she had worked an evening doing dog licensing. Mayor Hare was quick to point out that she was a salaried employee and would work when needed; something she had agreed upon.

A representative from WHKS, the engineering firm hired by the city to complete the new waste treatment center, gave an update on the project. Elevation is being established and blasting and drilling is starting. The council was asked to consider hiring TJ Excavating for materials removal for the project and a bid was given for under $24,875. The bid was approved and the side project will move forward.

The council interviewed a potential candidate for a waste water operator job that is available on May 7, 2014. The candidate was reported to be qualified, however the council needs to review a proposal from another interested party before making a determination.

The council heard from Thein Well, out of Rochester, concerning the condition of the pump on the main city well. An estimate was given to replace the motor/pumps/pipes etc. Councilman Comstock suggested they ask for bids from other companies to compare.

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