The Marysville City Council met Monday. A motion was approved accepting the low bid of Ron Schwindamann for $12,800 annually, for three years for mowing the city levee. Following discussion, a motion was approved to purchase 3 new police radar units, at a total cost of $10,000 to replace three that are 17 years old.
The City Administrator recommended purchase of a new street sweeper, for $204,000, less a trade in of $9,000 for the current unit. It was repaired by insurance proceeds after a fire, and has since developed an oil leak, and repairs estimated to cost $5,000. There was no interest in keeping the current sweeper as a backup.
Austin St. John presented a bid proposal for trees, and tree maintenance downtown. After a lengthy discussion of the merits of various tree types, a motion to proceed with going out for bids was approved 8-0.
A bid outline was presented for a vacant city owned lot at 7th and Walnut streets, adjacent to the walking trail and swimming pool parking area. Whether or not to require development, or accept the high bid was discussed, with consensus that the council retain the right to accept or reject any or all bids. The property has city services, and is .35 acres, with 1 full lot, another nearly full lot, and part of 2 others. Motion to move forward accepting bids was approved unanimously.
With concern, council voted to approve an additional $3,500 payment to B.G. Consultants for extra work supervising the U.S. Highway 36 resurfacing this fall. Owing to weather delays, and contractor inefficiency, the project took longer than was expected. There will be no additional charges for remaining work on the project that was delayed until spring.
The City Administrator was given authority to seek bids for a new higher efficiency HVAC system for City Hall. It would include gas heat, replacing the electric heat source currently used. Specifications have been outlined, and local contractors will be solicited.
Concern with snow removal issues were discussed. City crews were commended for doing an outstanding job. Kevin Throm expressed concern that some sidewalks near schools, that are designated and used for students were not shoveled for several days. He also noted that a number of vehicles remained parked on city streets for a week or more after snow plows had finished. Austin St. John was asked about the delay in getting snow piles removed. He was limiting overtime, and allowed employees the weekend off, plus the Monday holiday before completing that work. It was noted that the city policy is to plow city streets when snowfall amounts to 6” or more. Concerns with street parking when crews are operating was also brought up, and it was suggested that a reminder be aired when crews will be going out.
A motion to approve the mayor appointments to boards and committees was passed unanimously, the complete list is on the city council website, under Mondays agenda. Bob Connell will replace Matt Smith on the Planning Commission, and Shelby Temps will take the position previously held by Sara Temps. Vicki Gross was named an alternate, and was also appointed to the Zoning Board of Appeals.