As 2012 comes to an end, so do the regular sessions held by the Flandreau City Council. They six Alderman and Mayor Bonrud got together last Monday night hoping to wrap up any loose ends before the year runs out.
The council first heard from Ray Woodsend, an employee of Dougherty and Company, about ways they city could possibly finance the electrical systems upgrade. No decisions were made on how they should move forward but they were informed of a couple different options.
The council then had to make a decision on whom to appoint as the City’s Attorney. Previously, Bill Ellingson’s office was in charge of the duties but Paul Lewis, the deputy city attorney, is leaving Ellingson’s law office to start up his own practice with Corey Bruning. Ellingson had previously informed the council that he would rather not take the position on alone and therefore the city will appoint Lewis as the main city attorney. The position will have to be reappointed at the first Council meeting in May along with the other Officers of the City.
Previously, the council had been told they could purchase a mobile generator thanks to a $35,859 grant the County received from Homeland Security. The council was informed that the bid they received came in over $7,000 more than that at $42,922. The council decided, because they would essentially be getting a $43,000 generator for just $7,000, that it would be worth it to accept it and purchase the trailer. The generator will be used to power the lift station in case of a power outage. Currently there is nothing to power the lift station if the power were to go out in Flandreau. The grant is a reimbursement grant, therefore the city will have to purchase the generator, then Homeland Security will pay the county the $35,859 and then the county will reimburse the city for their expense.
Council also made a decision to purchase a $159,465 street sweeper. The cost of the sweeper was budget for 2013 and will replace the near ancient street sweeper that is currently in circulation. The city plans on taking possession of the sweeper in four months.
Lastly, the council decided that they would apply for a grant from the South Dakota Municipal League Workman’s Comp Fund that would pay for half of a new utilities chain saw. It would be a hydraulic chain saw, replacing the current gas powered machine they use now. The chainsaw could only be used to cut pipe in trenches. The Workman’s Comp fund endorses this purchase to keep water and sewer workers safe while working in a confined space. The city would be accountable for half of the cost and would split it between the water and sewer budgets. The grant application has been submitted and they expect an answer whether they were awarded the grant or not by mid January.
The city will hold their next regular session on January 7th, 2013.