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Armstrong approves contract with DOT

By Staff | Nov 3, 2009

ARMSTRONG – The Armstrong-Ringsted City Council Monday night approved a contract with the Iowa Department of Transportation to do additional work on Highway 9 construction slated to take place next year.

The contract calls for extending the blacktop apron to the firehall parking lot, golf course and Dairy Queen at a cost of $18,398.

In other business, council member Dave Grussing called for a special commendation for Police Chief Craig Merrill for cracking a burglary ring that had plagued the region for a number of weeks. Fourteen citations resulted from Merrill’s efforts.

“He did a really good, quality investigation. He did an excellent job,” said Grussing, himself a former veteran lawman.

The council also discussed at length the issue of burning leaves after receiving a complaint letter from Richard Schwartz.

Grussing said he had not been personally bothered by burning leaves.

“This is the most calls I’ve had. And it was bad,” said Mayor Marv Dailey.

“I’d like to see it stopped with leaves and tree brush,” said council member Todd Eisenbacher.

The council agreed to table the issue pending receiving more public input, with Eisenbacher voting against tabling the issue.

In other business, the council approved renewing the license for Armstrong Liquor Store.

The council approved raising the deductible on employee health insurance from $750 to $1,000.

All approved were wage evaluations for city employees.