The Dresser Village Board August 5 approved a three percent water rate increase for the village, tentatively effective October 21, 2019.

After the approval of this increase, Village Clerk Jodi Gilbert explained to the board that she will submit the Simplified Rate Case Application for approval, and then the village can move forward finalizing this increase before October. 

Raddatz clarified this increase by saying, “We are trying to look down the road before our hands are tied,” because the expectation is that water utility costs will continue to rise; so this gradual annual increase may cushion the taxpayers’ pockets going forward.

Apple Pumpkin Festival

The board approved a request by People Loving People LLC. owner, Gwen Anderson. Anderson asked for the closing of Main Street to First Street from the evening of Sept. 27 until the evening of Sept. 28 for PLP’s Fourth Annual Apple Pumpkin Festival, where local crafters and vendors, music, and other family friendly activities will take place on Saturday, September 28, 2019. Further, Anderson asked for a caution sign, signaling to drivers that the event is occurring on that day.

Public Works

The board approved a recommendation from the Public Works Committee to update the Snow Removal Policy, changing the maximum reimbursement on a mailbox from $30 to $100. 

A motion passed to disallow Claim #WM000481160008 for Barb Hanson at 355 East Avenue South, dated May 15, 2019.

After reviewing an estimate from SealTech, the board approved spray patching on Polk and Warren streets for $4,000, to fill troublesome pot holes.

The board approved a recommendation from the Public Works Committee for the purchase of a chain saw and hedge trimmer from Boyd’s Outdoor Power in an amount not to exceed $600.

The Public Works Committee recommended replacing the broken Rockn’ Toy Police Car with the 2 Seat See-Saw #7 for $1,382 plus a shipping cost of $100, from Lee Recreation.

Ongoing, the Public Works Committee approved an estimate from J&S Contracting in the amount of $6,100 to fix the Curb/Catch Basins on State Highway 35. 

According to Raddatz, “This is a process that has been going on since May.”

Under the recommendation of Bjorklund, the board approved the purchase of two 25-gallon Fat Albert-blue spruce at $244 each — one to be planted by each of the “Welcome to Dresser” signs and the purchase of one Fiesta Maple at $110 — to be planted in Soo Line Park for a total expense of $598. 

Raddatz joked, “Grace, you are amazing to stay so close under our $600 budget!”

Meyer Tree Service LLC is permitted to drop only white oak by the road and trim dead and hanging branches over the road on red oak in Soo Line Park in the amount of $600.

Finance

After his six month review, the Finance/Personnel Committee advised the board to grant Matt Koch a $1 per hour pay increase, which will be effective September 4, 2019. 

Starting Wednesday, August 14, the board has approved a change to village office hours. The office will be closed until noon, to allow Gilbert uninterrupted time for administrative work.

The board accepted an Operator’s License – To Sell Fermented Malt Beverages and Intoxicating Liquors for Chyleen Costello and Jennifer Demulling.

Library

And finally, new Library Director Leann French updated the board with the happenings of the first month in her role. French is in the administrative process of renaming the library and has worked to update the circulation area with a new desk for her station and furniture for the patrons’ reading area. She was excited to announce she only paid $300 for all of these additions. 

She enlightened, “We are trying our best to get the library very patron friendly and welcoming.” 

Upcoming Meetings

Village Board Meeting, Monday, September 9, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. 

Finance/Personnel Committee Meeting–2020 Budget, Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. 

Osceola Ambulance Meeting, Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. 

Open House Allied Emergency Service, Inc. at the New Fire Station, Saturday, September 21, 2019 1 to 4 p.m. 

Allied Emergency Service, Inc. Meeting, Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. 

Allied Emergency Service, Inc. Meeting, Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.

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