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.
State Rep. Dean Urdahl, R-Acton Township, will receive recognition for his notable achievements in the field of prep coaching as both a coach and a legislator.
Urdahl will be the lone 2013 recipient of the George Haun Award from the Minnesota State High School Coaches Association. The award is annually presented to citizens who display exemplary leadership and dedication to coaching for at least 25 years. Urdahl spent 29 years as the head New London-Spicer cross country coach and has served the Minnesota House for more than a decade, making significant contributions in each area.
Minnesota Rep. Dean Urdahl.
The 2004B bond (for building facility improvements at the Eden Valley-Watkins schools in 2004) was sold Oct. 9, 2013. This was announced at the school board meeting that day. Approved at the previous meeting, the sale actually saved more than anticipated: more than $367,456.
There were nine bidders (which is good), and the winning bid was from UMB Bank in Kansas City, Mo., with an interest rate of 1.65 percent (the current rates are 3.9 to 4.375 percent). The bond total is $4.07 million. The sale will close Nov. 6. District taxpayers will save $52,000 a year beginning next year. Because of the late date of the sale, these savings are not included in the proposed levy for 2014, but it will be reflected in 2014 tax bills.
At its Sept. 17 meeting, the Kimball city council approved the offer from Northern Natural Gas to install an odorizer facility on a corner of the city’s irrigation land to the east of Kimball (at the SE corner of Co. Rd. 44 and 83rd St).
The council agreed to sell its 1991 GMC Top-Kick truck and the 1996 Ford plow truck, and to purchase a 2008 GMC Top-Kick truck for $39,000 (plus taxes and title transfer fees), and a sander for the new truck.
The council may seek high school students to volunteer to scan documents and other activities at City Hall.
The city will look into the possibility of emailing utility bills; the cost would be $995 to set it up in the city’s current accounting software program, plus the cost of another vendor to actually send the bills.
The South Haven city council met Tuesday, Oct. 1.
Fire Chief Laney presented his monthly report: five rescue and three fire calls in September. The department is in the process of obtaining bids from three different companies for a new pumper truck. The council will consider buying a new pumper truck if the cost is under $300,000. Once approved, it would take at least eight months to custom-build their truck. No action will be taken until the bids come in.