At the beginning of its Oct. 9 meeting, Jeff Bradshaw was sworn in as the newest member of the Eden Valley city council.
The financing for this year’s portion of the street (water and sewer repairs) project has gone through. Todd Hagen of Ehlers attended the meeting to explain the process and the sale of the $1,055,000 General Obligation Improvement Bond. The council approved the sale.
He presented a certificate to the council acknowleging the city’s “AA-” credit rating from Standard & Poor’s regarding the sale of the bond. The better rating equates to lower rates and, in this case, a savings of about $41,000 off the bat. The sale will close Nov. 6. The council approved financing of the project.
Engineer Kent Louwagie presented an update on the street project. Sanitary sewer is done, and water services are nearly done (testing remains to be completed before switching back to the regular water within a week). They are building the casing to go under the railroad tracks and continue to work on the railroad crossing. Storm sewer will be done within days, and then utilities work can be done. Sidewalks were removed Oct. 9, and new sidewalks should be installed within a “couple of weeks.” All is going well. The council approved the first payment on the project.
The council has set Jan. 28, 2014, as the date of the special election to fill the council seat vacated by Cheryl Thielen (she moved away). Prospective candidates may file with the city clerk between Nov. 19 and Dec. 3.
There was discussion about the sidewalk ordinance in town. The primary concern is about sandwich-type signs placed on the sidewalk that could pose hazards to people walking. This will be discussed further.
Those property owners (both residential and business) who have been on temporary water service during the construction project have not been metered. The council agreed to estimate usage based on last year’s usage, and water customers will be billed accordingly.
Traffic on Church Street has calmed somewhat, especially when there is a police vehicle parked there. Chief Junker ordered a speed trailer recently, but when it arrived the radar didn’t work. He will try again.
Adam Saltmarsh of Arvig came out and checked the room for microphone requirements. He has ordered five microphones for the council table and two wireless mics. They should be in and installed by the November meeting.
The next meeting of the Eden Valley city council will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6. Meetings are always open to the public. They are also recorded and broadcast pm cable TV (usually on Thursdays) by Arvig Communications.
Jeff Bradshaw was sworn in as a council member during the Oct. 9 meeting of the Eden Valley city council. Staff photos by Anton Matua.
Eden Valley city council holding the certificate of their newest bond, for $1.055 million, for this year’s portion of the Highway 22 construction project. Pictured are, from left, Kevon Gabrelcik, Mona Haag, Jeff Bradshaw, mayor Pete Korman, and Dan Thielen.