Two Harbors council finalizes water meter rulesTwo Harbors city council members passed the third and final reading of the water meter ordinance, putting it into effect, but not all council members were on board.
Two Harbors city council members passed the third and final reading of the water meter ordinance, putting it into effect, but not all council members were on board.
Council member Chris Swanson voted no to the ordinance while the remaining five council members and Mayor Randy Bolen voted yes. The ordinance provides “regulations governing the installation, maintenance, replacement, repair and reading of water meters” in Two Harbors. It states that the water meters will be installed and paid for by the city.
Swanson did not discuss why he voted against the ordinance.
Golf in the hole
City council members mulled over the decision to waive the greens and cart fees for a charity golf scramble held last month. Mark Pearson, owner of Viking Legends Sports Bar & Grill, which hosted the event, asked the council to waive the more than $3,000 in fees so that more money could be donated to Two Harbors High School for students who wanted to play sports but couldn’t afford athletic fees.
At first, council members were on board with waiving the fee or at least giving Pearson a discount. City financial director Rick Sundstrom reminded the council that the course is down about $41,000 in revenue compared to this time last year. Council members stopped discussing the issue and made no decision on Pearson’s request.
The city’s two aging high-service water pumps are in need of replacement. With one being completely inoperable, the loss of the other would mean no water in the city, Water and Light Superintendent Luke Heikkila told the council Monday.
The pumps are around 50 years old. They are set to be replaced in the second phase of the water system upgrades, but there is no plan for that project. City council members unanimously approved to spend around $8,000 to repair the motor bases of the current water pumps. The repairs should carry the pumps over to phase two, whenever it starts, Heikkila said. The repairs were expected to be finished this week.
Police Chief Kevin Ruberg reported to the council that so far hunters have killed 13 does and one buck in the city’s first archery deer hunt. Ruberg said there have been no major problems and the hunt is going “smoother than expected.”
Council member Seth McDonald reported that the airport runway reconstruction project is well underway. Crews were expected to get started on paving the runway and taxiways Thursday. Two Harbors received more than $1 million from the Federal Aviation Administration. The project is part of more than $2.5 million in airport reconstruction projects across northeastern Minnesota. The project started Sept. 12 and was expected to be finished in 45 days.
City hall makeover
Bolen asked that the public works committee look into remodeling the kitchen and conference room at city hall. Bolen said the rooms need a little updating, but no major reconstruction work. Council member Mary Rosati, head of the public works committee, will come back with price quotes for the next city council meeting.