September 12, 2013

City meeting short

City meeting short

By ALLAN TINKER

With a brief report from maintenance, none from police, the regular Sept 9 meeting of the McClusky City Council lasted less than 45 minutes.
Tom Giese reported he had repaired a hydrant by using parts off an old hydrant used as a lawn decoration, exchanging parts with the owner. It saved the city the cost of a new hydrant. He also repaired several street holes around the city, in particular one near mail boxes on the farm to market road on the northeast edge of the city.
Giese questioned what the city would like to do about the north windows of the chamber room, as the sills are “quite soft” and are rotting. He stated these repairs aren’t something he would tackle except at his own home. The council directed him to talk to a local carpenter about which was the best thing to do, replace the entire window or repair the sill and other parts showing deterioration.
A report from Wold Engin-eering regarding the paving on the street near the Sheridan Animal Hospital, described as Avenue F between Second and Fourth Streets, was given. The estimate was $220,000 with $21,232 in engineering costs. The amounts included excavation, gravel, fabric, aggregate, cement, asphalt, adjusting a manhole, miscellaneous and mobilization. The street width was calculated at 40 feet to match the streets to the west but existing widths vary from 28 to 38 feet. Forty feet would allow for a 12-foot drive lane in each direction and an eight-foot parking lane on each side.
Wold noted that the city might reduce th


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