8/15/2013 10:50:00 AM City rejects bid for crosswalk
by Ken Haggerty
The Cannon Falls city council agreed with city administrator Aaron Reeves' recommendation to reject the crosswalk bids from the contractor working for MnDOT on the downtown sidewalks.
Reeves said MnDOT thought the contractor would offer rates similar to what MnDOT received for their downtown crosswalk project for a new city crosswalk on Hwy. 19 near the bandshell. Instead, the bid came in higher than what MnDOT received.
Reeves said they will go out and seek bids from other contractors who they think can offer a more competitive price. The crosswalk will be delayed until the completion of the Hwy. 19 project.
Road will be named 4th St.
The City will take over from Goodhue County the section of the road southward from the downtown stoplights all the way to the new interchange at the end of construction. The road is now known as County 24, but will be called 4th Street to maintain some consistency.
Old tanks to Goodhue
The Fire Department recently used a grant to obtain new self-contained breathing tanks and apparatus. The grant prohibits resale of the old tanks, so the old equipment will be donated to the Goodhue FD.
Overdue utility bills
The Council approved assessments to property taxes of overdue sewer and water bills. No one was present for the public hearing on the action, taken quarterly. A total of 53 accounts for $17,384 were assessed, down from recent quarters. No accounts were more than $1,000.
Exemption for Price
A special exemption was approved for David Price to continue as a planning commission member through 2014. Price moved out of the city but is still in the immediate area and is a veteran member of the commission.
Mediacom public hearing
The Cable Commission will hold a public hearing, probably in September as they continue the process of developing a new cable contract for the city. Council members Morris Mattson and LeRoy McCusker said they have both heard multiple complaints about Mediacom's service.
2014 budget planning
The Council, in a workshop, set a preliminary budget goal of a 2 percent increase in the 2014 levy, with the idea of giving themselves a cushion as they shoot for an end of year final budget with a 1.5 to 3 percent decrease. A preliminary levy is set in September that cannot go higher, but can be lowered in December. Reeves said final health insurance numbers and utility costs could be factors that hurt the budget, but he is confident a levy cut can be made for 2014 without eliminating services or staff.