Council updated on happenings

By Marcie Klomp

Keeping their fingers on the pulse of Lime Springs, Council heard what is happening with the various departments.

• Fire Chief Nathan Schwickerath told about a late-night call during a blizzard on Feb. 20. “A resident saw flames and called it in. It turned out to be nothing, but we managed to put a truck in the ditch!” Nobody was hurt.

Three individuals are taking FireFighter One (FF1) classes. “They are struggling with the weather, and class has been cancelled a few times. We hope they can get tested before spring. Jeff Wendel is teaching the FF2 class.” The more firefighters who have the designation, the easier it will be to get a FEMA grant. “Right now, I’m the only one with FF2. That class is shorter than FF1,” he added.

Firefighters dug out some hydrants after their last meting.

Jesse Stevens of LimeSprings Beef was at the last firefighter meeting and offered to let the men tour the building as it is being built.

Mayor Barb Robinson noted that with the bridge at Old Town being replaced this summer, a detour will be in place. “Darrel [Knecht, Howard County Emergency Management Coordinator] will get something together to let all the chiefs in the county to know about the bridge and road.”

• Jill Johnson said the library had all its normal events including the handy work class, Bingo, movie night, movie matinee, Lego program and game night. “We are also having a vegetable gardening class on March 18 with Master Gardener Cathy Mason.” In addition, former resident Carol Edwards Denekas was having a book-signing on March 29 at 4 p.m.

• The Community Center hired a new cleaning person, Sandy Halvorson. Robinson continued, “We may need to hire another person as a back-up.”

• Marcie Klomp spoke for Pool and Park Board. “The ads for guards has gone out in the papers.” The board is looking at getting a vacuum with the Grace Hughes Foundation Grant.

“We have a fund-raiser of Paint Our Pool. Anyone can donate.”

The snoball tournament was cancelled due to lack of teams. Another tournament may be planned for later this spring.

Councilman Jim Miller, who missed the last board meeting, was surprised to learn he was in charge of a community auction to benefit the pool and parks!

No date has been set for the omelet breakfast, a fund-raiser for the pool sponsored by the Community Club.

The next board meeting is March 19.

• Public Works Director Casey Sebastian reported, “The auto dialers are up and functioning. If the well stops pumping, I’m the first call and then Ed and then City Hall.”

City Engineer George Tekippe spoke on the east well. He gave council a breakdown of the estimated cost to get it updated—$69,400. He also gave them the cost of replacing all water meters at one time—$91,430.

Tekippe advised against getting a state revolving fund to help pay for the work. “It would take a year normally, to get paperwork completed.”

Sebastian commented a float at the sewer plant failed a week ago. “It was the first service call in over two years.

“It took 48 hours for it to get here. We didn’t have floats on hand. We have one now. The price of a float is less than having him [repairman] come here. I can probably handle the work.”

In regards to snow removal, West Street and Howard are drifted hard. The residents on those streets are okay with not plowing the whole thing.

Jones Street is not widened.

Sebastian added, “When it starts melting, we’ll have to address some storm sewer issues. This winter is taking its toll on that truck and the tractor needs service.”

• The next council meeting is April 1 at 7 p.m.

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