Edina Board of Aldermen Approve the Funding of Truck for Fire Dept.
By Beth Hunolt
The Board of Aldermen for the City of Edina met in regular session on Monday, May 10th, 2010. All board members were present when the meeting was called to order.
The minutes from the April 19th meeting were reported to the Board by City Clerk Margaret Gibson; the Board approved the minutes without any additions or corrections unanimously. Betty Morgret, City Collector reported the monthly totals to the Board, which they unanimously approved.
Margaret Gibson reported the Treasurer’s Report in place of City Treasurer Peggy Collinge. Gibson relayed a request to approve the elected transfer of funds from the Special Light Fund to the Street and Maintenance Fund.
The authorization to pay the City’s monthly bills was unanimously approved by the Board of Alderman.
Kevin Hudson, C.P.A. met with the Board and presented the 2009 Audit. Hudson reported that the City was in good economical condition and stated, “This city has a healthy general fund for such a small city.” Hudson complemented the work of Morgret and Gibson for making sure everything balanced out and stated that the city was in over all good shape. Before parting Hudson said that he has been encouraging his all of his clients to make timely deposits and approvals of funds, and suggested the City of Edina to the same.
Wastewater Superintendent Brad Eitel presented his department’s report to the Board. In his report Eitel mentioned the replacement of three broken wires that were damaged the evening of May 6th. In addition, the number four pump, a square pump that does not run regularly, is bad and needs to be pulled and rebuilt. He stated that since that pump is not a main pump the repair will not need to be rushed and he will send the pump for repair within the month.
Utilities Superintendent Mike Wriedt updated the Board that the Edina Pool had been drained and stated that the neighboring property owner said that his yard looked like it was starting to dry up before the recent rains. Wriedt also informed the Board that last Friday some mud had fallen from the City’s trash truck and broken a following vehicles’ windshield, Wriedt stated that he contacted the city’s insurance company and suggested the damaged vehicles’ owner do the same for the reimbursement of a replacement windshield. Wriedt informed the Board that he had not heard anything from all of the partners of McCauley Inc. in regards to repairing a collapsing sewer line under a residential garage, and he suggested the City inquire about an alternate route on the bases of health concerns.
Chief of Police Roger Waibel reported to the Board of Aldermen for the City of Edina that he had resent Jim Linville a certified letter informing Linville of the deterioration of his building located on Lafayette Street in Edina. In addition, Waibel announced that he had sent out almost forty letters to citizen informing them that vehicles, trash, and other items were to be in compliance with the city’s ordinances. He stated that after a ten-day period he would follow up on the letters. Waibel then inquired to what the Board’s response to the proposed reimbursement of business related calls on his personal cell phone. City Clerk Margaret Gibson stated that she had called other area cities in the region and stated that few cities offered reimbursement to their employees and that none of the smaller cities in the area had any current arrangement with this issue.
The Board the Aldermen approved the respective Department reports with a unanimously six-yea vote.
Alderman Tom Morgret addressed the council, telling the other officers that the Edina Volunteer Fire Department was looking to replace truck number 66 and a new radio. He informed the Board that the fire department had applied for grants to replace the failing equipment, but is not certain that the department would receive the grants. Morgret informed that the fire department had located a 1999 Kodiak truck with 20,000 miles on it in Pennsylvania for the cost of $30,000. The motion was made to give the Edina Fire $30,000 for the purchase of said truck. The motion was approved.
Mayor Strickler reminded Board members that the MML Electoral Conference was to be held in Jefferson City on June 3rd and urged council members attend.
The motion was made and seconded to adjourn the May 10th, 2010 meeting of the City of Edina’s Board of Aldermen. The motion carried and the meeting was adjourned at approximately 9:15 p.m.