At its June 4 meeting, the Kimball City Council agreed to proceed with part 2 of the Wellhead Protection Plan. The program is to protect the quality of drinking water in the city of Kimball.
Building inspector Scott Qualle asked the council for reasons why his firm is being replaced at the end of their contract; the council had no definitive answers for him except that they were “going in a different direction.”
Roger Stewart’s bid of $825 for the old police squad car was accepted; it was the only bid received.
The city is advertising for lease of its irrigated land on the east side of the city. The fields are irrigated by waste water when the ponds are full. The lease comes up for renewal every five years.
Hard Drives will patch potholes on Maus Drive and then do an overlay. This is a temporary solution that should be passable for the short-term.
The city changed its cell phone coverage from Sprint to AT&T because of poor reception, phones that don’t work, and poor customer service. This affected police department phones which often dropped calls; Sprint’s only response to the city’s complaints had been to say “we have bad towers.” The switch to AT&T has already been made, and all are pleased with the service and reception.
Paul Degree, representing COLA (Chain of Lakes Association) asked about phase 2 of the city’s stormwater project with Clearwater River Watershed District. Their concern is the cost to homeowners in COLA. The council explained that there is no cost to homeowners, that it is being paid for with grant money.
The Fire Department has a new rescue truck coming soon. Only about $10,000 of the cost of this truck will be shared among the communities served by the department; most of the cost is from the department’s gambling revenues. (Watch for a story here soon.)
The Fire Department has added two trailers to its fire training facility (near the waste water irrigation fields). They now have six trailers for training Kimball and other area fire departments. This provides needed training not available with routine house-burns.
The city’s cell phone policy now includes a reimbursement of $25 per month for use of personal cell phone for department heads and employees required to have a cell phone, if they opt to use their own phone rather than a city-issued phone.
The next meeting of the Kimball City Council is Tuesday,
July 16; the July 2 meeting has been cancelled because of its proximity to July 4.