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Mikrot will read water meters in Willow River

 

December 20, 2018



Reading the water meters in the city of Willow River was a volunteer effort in the month of November.

Four members of the community, including Councilor Vickie Whitehouse, Mayor Brent Switzer and City Water/Sewer Billing Clerk Kathi Bennett and her daughter Marrissa split up into two teams in order to read water meters in the city.

Prior to a city worker reading the meters, Bennett recalled, the citizens self-reported each month. While that would be a possibility now, she foresees issues rising with shut-offs as well as use and charge disputes.

City worker John Mikrot offered to take on reading the meters for an extra $100 a month.

Councilors made a motion to pay Mikrot an extra $100 a month until his contract is renegotiated over the summer.

Last month, the city had not received any bids for snowplowing this winter. At November’s meeting, it was reported that Rick Fjosne will be contracted with Willow River to clear the streets and designated parking lots.

Whitehouse had another flood repair update at November’s meeting. Projected completion of the sewer pond is now July 31 as the freezing temperatures prevent water test. Dam project completion will be August 2019.

“We will eventually be able to put the flood of 2016 behind us!” Whitehouse quipped, then added, “In time for the next one.”

Last month, former mayor, realtor and property owner Tom Jensen offered to sell some of his property to the city. The property is behind city hall and could be obtained for city use. Councilors had tabled the proposal.

Switzer said the proposal is “not beneficial for the city at this time.”

Councilors agreed, though if Jensen would like to restructure the proposal, the city would be willing to take another look. Councilor Darryl Poslusny said, “As proposed, we drop it.”

The council also adopted the County Hazard Mitigation plan. Clerk Diane Nelson explained, “We need to adopt this in the event of a natural disaster to receive FEMA funds.”

 

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