City accepts utility easement petition made by Jim Hoscheit

By Charlie Warner
Argus Editor

During a special council meeting on May 7, the Caledonia City Council accepted a utility easement petition requested by Jim Hoscheit and scheduled a public hearing on the matter for Tuesday, May 29. Hoscheit plans to construct a new home located at 605 East Park Street but needs the utility easement.

Hoscheit was present at the May 7 meeting and fielded questions regarding the utility easement vacation in which he was petitioning.

Councilmembers reviewed the signed petition to confirm that it complied with the requirements regarding a utility easement vacation.

Mayor Bob Burns stated that he would like to know at the public hearing what the anticipated utility disruption dates and times would be.

Councilman Paul Fisch asked if Hoscheit owned the property on which the proposed utility easement vacation was scheduled to take place.

Administrative Coordinator Mike Gerardy replied that he obtained a copy of Hoscheit’s purchase agreement and everything was in order.

A motion was made by Councilwoman Randi Vick, seconded by Councilman Bob Lemke, to accept the utility easement petition from Hoscheit and scheduled a public hearing on the matter for Tuesday, May 29 at 6:05 p.m. The motion was unanimously approved.

In other council action:

Electric Department digger truck

City Clerk/Administrator Jennifer Feely provided information that she received from City Electrician Matt Blocker regarding a repair estimate for the 1991 digger truck in the amount of $2,630.

At a meeting last month, Blocker informed the council that the hydraulic system in the truck was inoperable and needed to be repaired.

Vick inquired as to whether there would be a warranty for the repairs.

A motion was made by Fisch and seconded by Lemke to authorize the repair of the truck contingent on city staff checking to see where Dairyland Power and Tri-County Electric sends their digger trucks for repairs in an effort to ensure that the repairs are completed in the most cost effective manner. The motion passed unanimously.