City Council discusses rip rap, dog tags
At its regular meeting Monday night, Mantorville city council members made several decisions that illustrated some of the myriad ways tax dollars are spent to keep the city running on an even keel.
Rip rap – large loose rock - needs to be replaced on the bank near Casey’s General Store to halt erosion that is exposing a storm sewer drain pipe, according to council members. If the pipe broke, the cost of repairs would far exceed the cost of the rip rap.
The work will cost about $7,000 and Greatland Construction, Inc., out of Kenyon will do the work, shaping the bank behind Casey’s, placing fabric, and placing rip rap on that area.
Councilors discussed whether the city should start selling lifetime dog licenses, and whether to use tags manufactured by a company which manufactures identification tags that have more information on them than just a phone number.
For example, if the pet has medical needs or its owners have more than one phone number, all that information can be engraved on these digitally accessible tags. The tags could also be made with the city logo on them, and anyone with a smart phone could access the data and find the owner.
The city of Kasson uses the tags, and Mantorville staff members have reported that more people have purchased the tags than they normally do and more pets get home faster.
The cost to the Mantorville would be $1,005 to launch the program and receive 500 tags. The city would charge $25 per license, and people who don’t live in the city could also purchase them for their pet’s safety.
Council member Don Hofstad also spoke with a deputy from the Kasson police force, and he had been pleased with the new tags.
City Council members agreed the program was a good idea and voted to go forward with the program.
Should the city pay to have part of the old wastewater treatment plant refurbished with bathrooms and showers for the campground? It’s an expensive project but there are funds in the campground fund, and money from the Rochester sales tax funds could also be used for the project.
At this point, council members decided the members of the infrastructure committee should review the project and decide what questions need to be asked before an architect draws up the plans and before a contract manager is hired to oversee the project.
Council members discussed the fact that the facility would have to be ADA accessible, but how difficult would it be to even get to the facility, considering its current location in regards to the campground?
A worker for the state Department of Transportation broke two lights on the bridge coming into town with the snow-blower. Joe Adams, public works employee, researched replacing the lights, and it was found that that particular style of light is no longer available. The city could buy the replacement lights in a new style and keep the dozen old lights or buy all new ones. The council opted to buy all new ones at a cost of about $1,800.
The Department of Transportation will pay for the lights broken by the snow-blower. There were also two lights that already needed to be replaced.
“It’s the first thing you see when you drive into the city,” mayor Chuck Bradford said.
The final draft of the ordinance amendment to chapter 93 of the code of ordinances regarding rights-of-way was approved. The changes were needed so small wireless companies can use the rights of way to bury wires.
The back-up system for the city’s computers has not been working. A bid was obtained from the company that takes care of the city’s computers, and backup of data will commence as soon as the contract is signed. The system will cost less than $800 for the set-up and for storage the remainder of the year, city clerk/treasurer Cami Reber said. Council members approved the expenditure.
A water main near the First Congregational Church recently broke. Adams said the break was caused by a rock rubbing against the pipe. Water running through the pipe apparently caused enough vibration to start a hole in the plastic pipe. Bradford said it is hoped this is not an indication of problems with that type of fairly new pipe.
The council meets again at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 12 at City Hall.