At the December 12 meeting of the Wykoff City Council, Councilmember Jeff Hare suggested wastewater treatment plant supervisor Rick Whitney investigate installing solar panels on top of the building to improve efficiency. “There’s got to be a way to offset this… we’ve got to get creative,” Hare said. Whitney said he and Hare will investigate the feasibility of the project.
The council approved the fire department’s purchase of tools from Alex Air Apparatus of Alexandria for a total cost of $34,580. The purchase includes a Hurst 5789 E3 9AH Cutter, a Hurst SP555 E3 gAH Spreader, and a Hurst R521 E3 9AH Ram.
On the streets department report, a lighted speed sign was reported to have arrived but they are waiting for MnDOT’s direction on where to place it. It will likely be spring before it is installed.
Resident Mark Burmeister gave an update on the city ice rink located at the west end of the Wykoff Commons parking lot. He asked for some volunteer help in getting the ice rink set up, snow removal, and picnic tables. “I like to keep the ice rink going, I think it’s a community asset.” Council members agreed that the ice rink is important to the community.
The council unanimously approved a request from the personnel committee to hire Patrick Heusinkveld for the maintenance department.
The council acknowledged several donations including $1,500 from the Spring Valley VFW Bingo and $50 from the Fillmore County Journal for the fire department, $500 from Mary Sackett and $500 from St. Johns Parent Teacher League toward an LED display sign, and $1,800 from Osterud-Winter Foundation for Emergency Medical Services.
Lastly, the council approved a quarter page ad in the Visit Bluff County Visitor’s Guide, along witha a digital ad, at a total cost of just under $600. The ad promotes the Jail Haus Inn, Ed’s Museum, and Wykoff’s Fall Fest.
The Wykoff City Council’s next meeting will be held on Monday, January 9 at 7 p.m.