City mops up end-of-year business

By Clay Schuldt
Caledonia Argus

The last meeting of 2012 for the Caledonia City Council was Dec. 27 and addressed end-of-the-year topics.

City Administrative Coordinator Mike Gerardy brought quotes for lift station repairs on McPhail Avenue. The total cost of the project will be $1,233. This quote is for the repair of the backup pump;  the lift station is currently running on a single pump. The item met council approval.

In addition, a replacement pump valued at $1,824 was approved for purchase in 2013.

Winona Mechanical submitted a change order that reduces city costs by $18,960 for sanitary sewer rehabilitation on North Pine Street. Items under street repairs, such as hot mix asphalt patching, were removed from the project and other components, such as lawn restoration, were scaled back.

Mayor Robert Burns was concerned that the decrease reflected future costs that the city of Caledonia would need to address later. The change order approval was tabled until the Jan. 14 meeting to ask Davy Engineering the reason for the reduction.

A second change order for Visu-Sewer for lining and spot repairs on the sewer project was approved by the council. The change order extends on the project to Jan. 21 and was given a positive nod.


Permit and contract approvals

• Municipal insurance rates for 2013 were presented to the council. Most areas of Caledonia’s coverage will see decreases, including municipal liability rates, property rates, auto liability rates and auto physical damage rates. However, workers compensation rates will increase an average of 4 percent.

• The council approved the city’s annual service agreement with Affordable Technology Solutions.

• A business subsidy loan was approved for Mike Klug through the EDA in the amount of $30,000.

• A 2 a.m. license was approved for Elsie’s Bar and Grill.

• A gambling permit request from the Caledonia Rod and Gun Club was approved.

• The council approved the Caledonia Police Department Association agreement.


Thanks extended

The council ended the meeting to enter into a closed session for a probationary employee evaluation. Prior to going into the closed meeting, Burns thanked Councilmember Paul Fisch for his service to the community. This meeting was Fisch’s last meeting as councilmember. His dedication to the city has been greatly appreciated, the mayor said.