The Flandreau City Council met in regular session last Monday night, taking a short break from all their special sessions regarding personnel in the city to talk about some more upbeat topics.
For starters, the city of Flandreau will now offer free wireless Internet to campers and patrons of their City Park starting once the equipment can be assembled.
The city was approached by a camper earlier in the year and decided since the operation would be at no cost to the city, there is no reason not to offer the service to the park goers.
“I think it is a good safety aspect. Again, a lot of the people that I have talked to out at the city park say they are on their computers when they are camping out there and for tornado warnings and severe thunderstorm warnings, if they have access to something like this, it is just one more tool they can use to stay safe,” Flandreau Mayor Mark Bonrud stated to the board.
Tom Boyd, who lives in the City Park, will be providing the park with the Internet from his house, all he needed was permission from the council to set a relay up on one of the legs of the east water tower.
“As a camper who does use our campground, that would be a great service to provide our campers,” Alderman Bart Sample said. “It is a no brainer,” Chuck Tufty added.
All members voted aye with no hesitation.
Also on the agenda was an update on the City Shop building that has been under construction now for a few months. The workers were waiting on steel delivery to arrive, which it finally did a few weeks back, but as soon as the steel got to town, so did bad weather, forcing the workers to stop production and wait out the cold. The workers were able to get back to work last week but the project’s architect told the city “we are severely behind schedule.”
In hopes to encourage the growth of the city’s airport, the Flandreau City Council agreed to lease half of the city’s north hanger to Ryan and Chris Veldhuizen of Veldhuizen Farms, LLC. The two were renting a hanger in Orange City, Iowa but were asked to vacate because the owner of the hanger purchased a new plane and needed a place for it. The two are in the process of building a hanger in Pipestone, Minnesota and were looking for a place to set up shop until it is ready.
“It does not cost us any more money and we will probably sell a good deal of gas to them,” Alderman Brad Bjerke said.
The two will sign a contract that keeps them there until no later than mid fall of 2013.
Lastly, the city was awarded the chop saw grant they had applied for a few months back that will be given to the electrical department. The saw makes cutting pipes in confined areas much safer and the grant pays for half of the saw’s cost.