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Armstrong Council eyes shelter house improvements

Keeping restrooms uncertain due to continued vandalism

May 7, 2013
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville Daily News

ARMSTRONG - The Armstrong City Council Monday looked at improvements to the shelter house in city park.

City clerk Connie Thackery said the city has applied for an Emmet County Community Foundation grant for $10,000 to replace the roof. She also noted there was a $5,000 grant available from Bank Midwest and that the two grants would cover roof replacement.

The council seemed to have mixed feelings about having bathrooms in the shelter house.

Jon Larsen said he would like to get rid of them since they're just trouble. It seems the bathrooms are prone to vandalism. Maintenance supervisor Tom Leach said people had been kicking the door in and vandalizing the men's room.

Adrian Hagebock said though there should be a bathroom for special events.

In other business Monday, police chief Craig Merrill said a new gun would cost $455 and two holsters another $150. He said the surplus gun was sold for $527.

Tom Leach said trees had been cut and the stumps ground at the city cemetery. The council agreed to forward 80 percent of the $2,313 bill to the Armstrong-Grove Township board.

Tom Leach said the water tower had been finished and that the week of May 21 he will start flushing hydrants. He said Tug Helmers will be doing the intakes in town. Leach also asked about the handicap lift at the pool, and Mayor Marv Dailey said the board would need to look at the cost.

Under old business, the board approved $7,962 for replacing the water plant roof.

Appliance pickup will be June 8-12. Tom Leach said televisions over 27 inches will cost $20 to dispose of while other appliances will be $10.

The council approved a quote of $6,587.50 for painting the city quonset. There will also have to be some repairs of the metal before the building can be painted.

Also approved was hiring Jaycie Eaton, Emily Hagebock, Shaun Cook, Sommer Sharp and Marissa Neusch as summer lifeguards at $7.25 an hour.

The council also approved hiring Elward Picht to mow the cemetery and city property.

Thackery noted three applicants for the second city maintenance position. Don Leach moved that the personnel committee recommend a hire and wage.

The council approved an amendment to the original contract with Michaelson Construction for the Suburban Estates South Addition. Under the new contract, the city will pay off MichaelSon $279,100 over five years at 4.5 percent interest.

The council also approved the purchase order for the new garbage truck from Elliott Equipment, the purchase already approved at the April meeting. The council also approved the financing application at 2.6 percent interest.



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