5/21/2013 2:10:00 PM Claremont City Council
No city-sponsored "clean-up day" this year
The Claremont City Council voted to enter into a contract with CEDA during their meeting on Tuesday, May 14.
The contract is an as needed contract so there is no charge if the city doesn't request their service, they will only be charged $55 an hour for their services if they are needed. The council stated there is a potential business expansion that might happen soon and if it does, the city will need to use CEDA to apply for grants, Tax Abatement, TIF or help with other items that will be needed for the expansion.
The council set two public hearings for sidewalk replacement on the north side of Front Street from Elm Street to Main Street. The city needs to hold the public hearings for pending assessment. The meetings are set for June 5 and June 26 both starting at 6 pm. Also under the Public Works portion of the meeting the council discussed bids for a well at the wastewater treatment plant. The city requested three bids and received two. Born Well Drilling bid $15,292 and Hartman Well Company bid $14,175. The council awarded the job to Hartman Well.
The council discussed whether to have a clean-up day again, in 2012 the city paid $3,176 for a clean-up day and in 2011 the cost was $3,398. The reason the city hosted a clean-up day was to encourage residents to clean up around their yard but it seems they'd throw out their household garbage. And "...the people who should use it - don't," according to the council. "They often go through other people's stuff that was thrown out and take that back to their home."
It was noted, that there is a business in Claremont that will pick up metal and most appliances for free. Due to the cost and other reasons discussed, the council decided to not hold a clean-up day this year.
Glenn Fate approached the council regarding a small cities development grant on June 3, 1004. The agreement states that if the owner sells or transfers the property before ten years is up they have to repay the grant within 30 day. Fate addressed the council and said all of the grants and all of the applications were either approved or denied based on their individual merits, therefore the Fate's are requesting the council to either waive or pro-rate the grant they received based on their individual merit, should they decide to leave their property before the ten years is up. They are not planning on moving right now, but at some point they would like to downsize. The council tabled this, as they wanted time to think about it and make a decision with the entire council present.
The council also discussed gas lines need to be installed at the RK&T development. MN Energy proposed installing a single main line for gas lines for $2565 or a dual main line for $5275. Since there is no activity yet in that area, the city will wait to request installation when someone starts building a house.
Other items on the agenda included the payment of the bills, setting the annual performance review for Gary Gray and approval of paying Abdo, Eick & Meyers $250 to do the annual TIF reports. The council will meet again on June 11, at 7 pm.