City of Colfax – Regular Council Meeting 11/16/2020
The regular November Meeting of the Colfax City Council was called to order by Mayor Olson at 7:02pm. Present were Mayor Jeff Olson, Council Members Kyle Krump, Tom Wulfekuhle, Justin Reiland, and auditor Jen Skoog via phone. Council Members absent was Paul Lucas. Audience members in attendance were Damon DeVillers and Zach Hatting with Interstate Engineering.
Mayor Olson recognized the audience. Damon with Interstate Engineering reviewed the different proposals put together for Grant Street improvement options. Option 5 would allow for increased protection from garbage trucks, construction traffic, etc. Basic maintenance will included filling cracks every time they appear. Damon indicated this would cost about $1/foot to fill. He also recommends an oil seal about every 7 years. Interstate will provide a rough breakdown of maintenance schedule/costs. Discussion was held regarding different options for road side finishing, including paved, aggregate, soil, etc. Manholes will be brought up and blended. Cul-de-sac will have to be looked at and possibly use any excess gravel to fix. Driveways will be “cut” up to the right-away line and fixed at city cost up to that point. Interstate will allow residents to work with the contractor to have their whole driveway done at the time of construction. Length of project was discussed regarding resident access. Residents should have access most of the time, with about 1-2 days without access. Damon stated that we would be able to build a contingency into the project to ensure residents have access to their homes by end-of-day each day. Speed restriction options were discussed for Grant Street. Funding and grant options were also discussed. Interstate will compile some scenarios on how much lots will be assessed based on a few different factors.
The minutes of the October City Council meeting were reviewed; Wulfekuhle moved to approve minutes as presented, seconded by Krump. Carried.
Financial report for October was reviewed. Wulfekuhle made motion, seconded by Reiland to approve financial reports, motion carried.
The bills and meter reading differences for the month of October were reviewed; Krump motioned to approve the bills as presented, minus the 3D Specialties bill being investigate by Wulfekuhle, seconded by Reiland. Carried.
No update provided on the New Residents Info Sheet.
Olson is meeting with Cass County Electric on 11/17/20 to determine where lights should be placed.
A possible memorial gift may be received for the Tom Wold ball diamonds. These funds will be treated like the Hendrickson Fund.
Council is currently waiting for the dirt pile to be removed.
Due to winter weather, no further maintenance or work will be done on Grant Street until Spring.
Olson will follow up with a couple people who have expressed interest in city snow removal.
Curb stops need to be raised on a number of properties to ensure proper access, especially during winter months. Council will discuss for at future meeting.
Olson brought forth the topic of Nathan Berseth’s new development being in the City of Colfax water district. The City would need to release him from our district for him to access water directly from Southeast Water Users.
There being no further business, Krump made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Wulfekuhle. Carried. Adjourned at 8:21pm.
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