The Willow River City Council discussed water and sewer updates at their regular meeting Monday. Water and sewer operator John Mikrot reported the sewer ponds are finished and pumping into the primary pond has resumed. He said the ponds were inspected, passed and should get the city through the winter.
The P-4 forms will be ready to submit for release of funds from FEMA once the lift station is repaired. The bids still need to go out. The city park, pond and Willow Street repairs are finished. Zoning supervisor Tom Jensen received area flood maps from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
There was a motion made to have the water meters all read again by Becky Morse and to have Mikrot learn the process. There is a need to get all the billings for sewer and water up to date. Non-payment assessments will be discussed at a later date.
The council welcomed the new city clerk, Connie Ecklund, and approved her salary, hours and ability to write checks. Clerk Ecklund reported Quickbooks has been updated to 2013. The new city office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. and Wednesday will be 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. The city office will be closed Veterans Day, Monday, November 12, and Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 22.
City maintenance employee Todd Anderson stated the garage work is close to completion once the furnace is installed. The gas line was plowed in. He is currently working on the hall’s bathroom. Anderson will be plowing this winter and guidelines were discussed.
Fire Chief Tim Prachar reported the new radios the county purchased are fantastic. The department will have the antennae for them mounted on the tower. The fire department got a new truck that will be converted into a tanker as two tankers are currently out of commission with brake issues. The fire department gun raffle will be held Saturday, November 17, at the Corral Bar.
Under new business, a canvassing meeting was set up and approved for 6 p.m. Tuesday, November 13, to approve the findings of the elections. This will be open to the public.
The council also approved liquor licenses for the Squirrel Cage and Corral Bar and electronic discharge monitoring and reporting (eDMRs) for Ecklund and Morse. A Boy Scout working on his Eagle Scout was approved to work in the old cemetery on repairs in the spring. The scout would also like to build an informational kiosk in the old cemetery.
It was noted Prachar will be receiving a public safety award from the state of Minnesota on Thursday, November 9, at the Earl Brown Heritage Center in the Twin Cities for his help with the June flood.