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City Council Considers Campground Phase One Completion

September 20, 2017
by Anna Veltri , Emmetsburg News

The Emmetsburg City Council met on Monday, September 11 for a regularly scheduled meeting. There had previously been a Public Properties committee meeting scheduled to discuss the Five Island Campground change order with Bolton and Menk Engineer, Neil Guess. The meeting was to be held at 5:15 on Sept. 11, but because there was not a quorum, the committee was unable to make motions during that meeting.

Each City Council meeting holds a time for public comment for citizens in attendance to raise concerns to the City Council. On Sept. 11, Shane Paskert expressed concern regarding the street sign by Bethany Lutheran Church.

"The church down by Soper Park needs to trim their road, street sign on the corner. You cannot read either direction 'cause of that climbing vine thing we got all over it. You can't see nothing. There's people in town going to garage sales from out of town or anyone else if anyone else was doing it, they'd be picked on or told to get it removed. You can't even read the sign," commented Paskert.

"I will take care of it tomorrow," Councilman Brian Campbell replied.

In unfinished business from the previous City Council meeting on August 28, the City Council discussed the Five Island Campground project. On the August 28 meeting, the council voted to table approval of a change order in the amount of $14,667, a pay request in the amount of $95,021.85, and the issue of a certificate of substantial completion pending a discussion with Neil Guess, Bolton and Menk Engineer.

On Monday, Sept 11, the City Council voted unanimously to approve the change order. A motion was made to approve pay request number five for the amount of $95,021.85 to Hulstein Excavating. The motion to approve the pay request received approval by all council members present.

The certificate of substantial completion for phase one of the campground improvement project was tabled until the next City Council meeting.

The final item to consider under old business included the Grant Duhn Nuisance property located at 3507 8th Street in Emmetsburg.

"I haven't noticed anything done on it [the property]," noted Brian Campbell.

"I don't think anything has changed," agreed Bird.

"So what's our next step?" asked Campbell.

"Order it removed [] by the city," Bird replied.

When a nuisance is abated by the city, the cost is assessed and given to the property owner to pay. The motion to abate the nuisance property was unanimously approved.

In new business, a new temporary building inspector has been appointed to the city. Greg Sween will be temporarily taking the place of Clint Young until Young's return.

"We did want to choose somebody with a construction background, but it not actively in the business," John Bird explained.

The next meeting of the City Council will be held at City Hall on Monday, September 25 at 6 p.m.



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