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4/15/2014 1:29:00 PM
Claremont City Council Council rents out water tower

By Tara Lindquist

The Claremont City Council, on Tuesday, April 8, voted unanimously to rent out space on the city's water tower to Radio Link Internet to place internet antennas on the water tower.

The council held a special meeting on March 31, to discuss the idea with owner of Radio Link Internet, Dan Petsinger. During the special meeting Petsinger explained to the council he used to have Radio Link antennas on Greenway's grain elevator leg and they have asked him to remove it since they have merged with CHS. The council reviewed the proposed contract with Petsinger and went over changes, the council agreed to discuss the contract with changes during their regular meeting on April 8.

Tuesday evening the council approved a lease agreement that was drafted by city attorney Mark Rahrick. The city will receive $225 a month from Radio Link Internet to place internet antennas on the water tower. Two changes were made to the agreement, the current agreement states, "This Lease shall automatically renew for one five-year term on the same terms and conditions as set forth herein unless either party provides notification, in writing, of its intention not to renew this Lease, at least 60 days prior to the expiration of the Initial Term." Pretsinger requested 90 days instead of 60. The city agreed to provide access to electricity at the water tower in the form of a 120 volt outlet and the city would incur the costs of providing electricity unless the city determines that the cost of electricity provided is not minimal, Radio Link shall be required to provide a separate meter for their power consumption. It would was unclear, in the contract, what would be considered "not minimal." Dean Gray will check to see if he can get a voltage meter to see how much electricity is being drawn. Rahrick will revise that part of the contract to state the city will determine what the electricity is being drawn. Rahrick will revise that part of the contract to state the city will determine what the electricity use is over the first couple of months and go from there.

The council also approved two bids for the new city hall building. The first bid was for tuck-pointing the top four feet of the building and for reroofing the building. The council approved the bid for reroofing from Kiker Brothers for $18,680, which was the lowest of the bids received. The motion for the reroofing contract was approved 3-2. Voting yes were Dean Gray, Rollie Brown and Mayor Dean Gray, nays were, Jeff Louks and Michelle Welch. The council also voted to approved a bid for $14,380 for tuck-pointing the building from Surety Waterproofing, voting yes were Mayor Gray, Dean Gray and Rollie Brown, nays were Michelle Welch and Jeff Louks.

The council also approved a donation from the Chamber of Commerce Gambling Committee in the amount of $2,000 to go towards new welcome signs, the payment of the bills and they heard from Dodge County Sheriff candidate Scott Rose.

The council will meet again on May 13 at 7 p.m.

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