Garden Plain approves water tower work


By Travis Mounts 

GARDEN PLAIN – The Garden Plain City Council approved spending roughly $2,900 for routine water tower cleaning. The action was taken at the regular monthly meeting held on June 2.

The city had requested bids from three companies, and two responded. Midco Diving and Marine Services submitted the low bid of $2,598 and won approval. The council also approved spending almost $300 more to obtain a full written report to meet regulatory requirements. 

The approval was made on a 4-0 vote. Council member Tyler Bugner was not at the meeting.

Midco was the company the city used the last time the water tower was cleaned.

The council also voted 4-0 to spend $1,207.52 on ultra-violet lights for use at the sewer plant. The lights are used as part of the disinfection process.

In other business:

• The council approved Mayor Kevin Hammond’s appointment of Keith Hansen to a term on the planning commission. He has served on the commission previously.

• The owners of Underdog Catering said they would like to again host an Octoberfest street dance. The target date is Oct. 9. They reported that the city’s recent food truck rally went well. There was discussion about having a food truck rally monthly.

“I like it. My only concern, once a month – would it be too much?” asked council member Tracy Thul.

• During citizen comments, a question was raised about fixing sidewalks along Main Street. A citizen noted that the sidewalks are cracked and unlevel. Council members agreed that repairs are needed, and asked city clerk Kim McCormick about grants.

Concerns also were raised about the disrepair of several vacant buildings.

“I have a problem with that,” one person noted.

“We agree,” said the mayor. A question was posed about contacting the owners.

“We have, many times,” Hammond said. He noted that there are legal limits as to what the city can do regarding rundown structures.

• Council members discussed plans for the Bentwood addition, including a north wall along the property. Plans are expected to be finalized this fall. Look for more information in the next few weeks in TSnews.

• Construction was expected to start this week on the sidewalk project along 295th Street North. A homeowner along the construction route voiced complaints about the project, including a lack of information. The governing body noted that letters had been sent according to state law, that there had been public meetings on the project, and that the project had been covered many times by TSnews