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By Lois E. Johnson
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Sturgeon Lake rejects road salt bid, considers options


The Sturgeon Lake City Council rejected a bid from Scott Williams for hauling salt and sand on roads in the city during the winter months, at the meeting of the council on Thursday, June 13.

The bid from Williams was the only bid that had been received.

“We need two quotes to buy gravel,” said Councilor Adam Langhorst. “We need to reject the bids and start the whole process again.”

Williams said that he needed to know whether another bid was going to be accepted soon or he will find other work.

Mayor Todd Danelski replied that the council needed to come up with a better contract.

Councilor Rick Lewis added that the bid process needed to be simplified. “Negotiations are possible,” he added.

There was discussion about extending Williams’ current contract, which expires at the end of June, it was said. It will be discussed again at another meeting of the council on June 20.

There was also a discussion about Williams applying 40 loads of purple basalt to Cemetery Road.

Lewis made a motion to approve Road Commissioner Jessica Langhorst’s request to apply the purple basalt but there was no second. The Road Commissioner said completion and payment for that application would only leave $5,000 in the road budget until the end of the year. She will go and take a look at Cemetery Road first, she said.

There was also an update about a blight property. Pine County has removed the garage and will remove the mobile home, it was said. A vehicle and old refrigerators have been removed. The County will sell the property to the City.

Owners of other blighted properties will be sent letters that will ask the owners to clean up their properties, it was said.

The council passed a motion to accept a bid in the amount of $3,400 from Great Lakes Pipe of Superior for two cleanings of lift stations.

There is a problem with hydrogen sulfide in the wastewater collection system, said Water and Sewer Operator Scott Helfman. It is believed to be coming from the Challenge Incarceration Program facility, he added. Ten manholes have eroding concrete in them because of the chemical.

Helfman said that he will bring options to the next meeting of the council.

There was discussion about changing the city’s computers from Macs to PCs. Scott Helfman, the Technology Officer, has submitted his resignation because of the change. Acceptance of his resignation was tabled.

Clerk Lori Lee Slocumb stated that the change in the computers for the clerk and treasurer were necessary because software for the current computers hadn’t been upgraded for water and sewer billing.

There was discussion about tabling the issue but she said that the new computers needed to be set up and in operation to facilitate the next billing. Slocumb said that the computers had been budgeted for.

A motion was passed to order one desktop and one laptop computer from Discover PC in the amount of $1,968, which includes Quickbooks accounting software. The purchase also includes setup, it was said.

The council also passed a motion to transfer a 4x4 pickup, the old grass fire rig, from the fire department to the public works department.

The next regular city council meeting was set for Thursday, July 11, at 6 p.m.

The annual meeting of the townships and city included in the Sturgeon Lake Fire Department service area will be set at the June 20 meeting.


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