The Fennimore Common Council will host a public meeting on Monday, Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. for those interested in further information on the 2012 street reconstruction projects, which are set to begin in early April, as discussed during Monday night’s regular council meeting.
The first year of the street reconstruction phase is set to begin April 5, with a completion date of Sept. 1.
“We will be sending out a letter to the affected homeowners this week,” City Clerk Margaret Sprague said. “Maps and further explanations will also be available.”
The project will affect Madison Street, from 9th through 12th Streets; Monroe Street, from 10th through 12th Streets; and 11th Street, from Madison to Monroe Street.
It is expected that water main installation will begin on April 23.
Update on wind contract
John Murphy, Director of Public Works, gave an update on the rugby wind project. Last month, the board approved a resolution which authorized a letter of intent to participate in the Upper Midwest Municipal Power Agency’s Rugby Wind Project. Murphy said the city may be able to start receiving power from the North Dakota plant as early as April 1.
With work on Well #4 underway, it didn’t take long for Water Well Solutions to discover that extra cleaning would need to take place, something that was unexpected going into the project. The additional work will add to the contract cost.
“It has been some time since the well was thoroughly cleaned,” Sprague said. “The well is currently out of service and will continue to be for a few more weeks.”
Several repairs have been made as well. Until the well work is completed, Well #5 will continue to serve the community’s needs.
There has yet to be any information brought forward about the illegal dumping taking place in the city’s sanitary sewer system. Last week it was noted in the Times that an unknown substance has been showing up at the Fennimore Wastewater Treatment Plant, causing upsets at the plant.
If anyone observes any suspicious activity or unusual smells, contact the Fennimore Municipal Utilities at 822-6119 or the Fennimore Police Department at 822-3215.
The council accepted the resignation of alderman Dan Bender and will begin looking for a replacement immediately.
“We are hoping to have some names by the next meeting,” Sprague said.
Anyone interested in the position is asked to contact Mayor Chuck Stenner.
In other news, Allison Meyer stepped down from her position on the Fennimore Recreation Board. Tanya Johnson was appointed to the position for a three-year term.
A lease for 22 acres of farm land near the Industrial Park was approved for Nick Stolte.
A resolution for the sale of a four-acre parcel of land in the Industrial Park to John Collins, was also approved. Collins paid the city $38,000 for the land which will have a building constructed on the site that will house an office for his business, Collins Custom Farming, and a shop for his equipment.
The council discussed submitting a grant to the state energy office that would allow the city to replace the high-pressure sodium street lights with LED lights.
“We have already started replacing the ones on Lincoln Avenue, and this will give us the chance to complete the project,” Sprague said. “We have about 20 more lights to replace on Lincoln Avenue, and then we would like to replace 56 lights on 4th and 12th streets. There is also about 78 lights in residential areas that need to be replaced.”