Sterler, who owns a downtown building at 813 third avenue complained that he has not been able to reach the back entrance of his building because that alley is closed. He also said that he cannot access the alley from third avenue without jumping the new curb in front of the alley.
He produced pictures of the crack between the sidewalk and building which he said should have been filled when the sidewalk was installed. Sterler than wanted to show pictures of the cracks in front of other buildings, but was told that if those business owners had a complaint they could come to the council in person. City Manager Scott Wynja informed Sterler that the city was well aware of these problems and they are on a “punch list” of things that must be completed or corrected before the contractor receives final payment for the project. Councilman Dave Popkes said that both he and fellow council member Brad Hindt were also aware of the problems and the work would be done before the contractor is paid.
Later, the council discussed proposals from Jeff VanMeeteran to buy two parcels of city owned property. One of those is 1.54 acres of land located west of the Crossroads church. Van Meeteran offered to pay the city eighteen thousand dollars for the land and said he would pay for the installation of water and sewer lines. His plans are to build a storage building for his business on that land. His other proposal was to buy a residential lot in Sunshine Addition for seven thousand dollars. The City Council set November 6th at 4:30 as the date and time for a public hearing on both proposals.
In other business the council took action which will save twenty two thousand dollars interest on a $875,000 sewer revenue capital loan note. The city had originally been paying three percent on this note, but that has been reduced to 1.75 percent. This note will be paid off in five years.
And, council member Ron Rensink voiced his concern about traffic on the newly renovated Highway 18. He was concerned about truck traffic, and the need for motorists to get accustomed to the new traffic lanes, saying ‘strong police pressure might be in order’.
The council also heard an interesting report from O’Brien County Development Direct Kiana Johnson. We’ll have that story on Friday’s newscasts.