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Flandreau City Council discusses sidewalks

Posted: Monday, Aug 12th, 2013

The Flandreau City Council held its regular meeting last Monday at the Council Chambers at the City Building. One of the major topics of discussion was the Sidewalk Ordinance in town.

As it sits now, owners of properties with sidewalks are responsible for cleaning up, shoveling, and maintaining their sidewalks.

The amendment of the ordinance would allow the City of Flandreau to put money in the budget to take over the maintenance portion of the sidewalks. The council has been talking about this issue for several months and decided that people are not fixing their cracked and broken sidewalks, many of which were damaged during the storm in 2011. So now, for safety reasons, they would take over in fixing them.

Owners of the households would still be responsible for shoveling and clearing their sidewalks during the winter seasons.

They were uncertain how many feet they would be able to fix within next year’s budget but their hope is get ahead of the problem before it gets worse.

They would start at the most severe and highest traffic areas, such as around the school and downtown areas first.

The Council will hold the second reading of the ordinance at their next meeting.

Also at the meeting, they accepted the bids to sell both of their surplus fire trucks. The two bids, from two different entities, came in just shy of $20,000 combined. The Flandreau Volunteer Fire Department recently purchased a new pumper/tanker that replaced both of these vehicles.

They also discussed the City’s storm shelter. The Council plans to award bids for construction at their next meeting on August 19th.

Aldermen also discussed the option of starting a recycling program in Flandreau as well as what they will do for their yearly “clean up” day since the National Guard will be deployed and won’t be able to help out like years past.

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