Several Upsala buildings receive new valuation on insurance policy renewal

By Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer
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Karin Nelson of Nelson Insurance presented to the Upsala City Council Monday the results of a building audit by the Minnesota League of Cities.

As a result of the audit, many buildings received a new value.

“The League is requesting pretty substantial increases on some buildings,” Nelson said.

“Some of the figures are the result of overshooting, but several buildings have been underinsured,” she said.

The policy features replacement-cost coverage for all city buildings. The values have been updated based on the size and contents of each building.

The library building is insured by the city, while the contents belong to the Great River Regional Library system.

Nelson did encourage the League to reconsider the number it set for a couple of buildings, but the League stood firm on its figures.

“Most of their numbers are not unreasonable,” she said.

“We are stuck with that news from the insurance agency,” said City Clerk Adrian Welle. “The company that assessed how much coverage we need doesn’t really understand how cheaply things can be built in rural Minnesota.”

Upsala City Council Briefs

Other business that came before the Upsala City Council Monday included:

• Authorizing Short Elliott Hendrickson to begin the bidding process for recoating the treatment components of the water plant, and to assess the required number of dehumidifiers;

• Approving the sale of the old water treatment plant computer system to the city of Minot, N.D.;

• Deciding to get another bid for the electrical work at the park for the gazebo upgrade;

• Hearing that the only bid received for the 50th Avenue calcium chloride application was from Tri City Paving for $1,500. That application will be done on a trial basis this year, and there will be no assessments;

• Learning that the warranty deed for Molly’s on Main cafe was signed and submitted to the county;

• Accepting a $250 grant from the Minnesota Clerks and Finance Officers Association (MCFOA) to be used by Welle to attend city clerk training;

• Approving a gambling permit for the Upsala Ballpark Association’s upcoming raffle;

• Passing a resolution acknowledging redistricting for Senate District 9 and House District 9B;

• Denying a Little Falls Area Chamber request for a  donation of $100;

• Discussing possibly designating parking on Main Street for certain businesses, and asking Welle to check into it; and

• Discussing how to fill the Elections Administrator job for the 2012 election cycle as Welle cannot serve due to a conflict of interest. Welle was asked to discuss this with previous Deputy Clerk Sheri Johnson.

The next regularly scheduled meeting will be Monday, May 7 at 7 p.m. at City Hall.