Randall signs statement of interest with county’s hazard mitigation plan

By Tina Snell, Staff Writer

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The Randall City Council members voted Wednesday night to sign the five-year plan with Morrison County’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program.

By committing to participating in the hazard mitigation planning process, Randall may apply for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant if needed. A requirement would be to commit matching funds for that planning. The funds don’t necessarily need to come from the city’s coffers, but may come from staff time attending planning meetings.

Randall could then apply for FEMA grants to assist with clean-up of any hazardous materials that may occur.

Randall City Council briefs

Other business conducted by the Randall City Council Wednesday night included:

• Hearing a report from Maintenance Supervisor Wendell Schultz concerning replacing the 10-year-old locator owned by the city. A new one would assist in locating electric and gas lines, tracer wires and water and sewer mains. It would also detect broken electric wires. The Council voted to allow Schultz to spend up to $4,000;

• Extending its contract with Long Prairie Sanitation for services to the city, beginning Sept. 1. The five-year contract would include annual increases of 3 percent. Currently a 35 gallon container costs $15.13 per month for weekly pick-up and would increase 34 cents; a 65 gallon container costs $17.70 per month and would increase 41 cents; and a 95 gallon container costs $20.27 and would increase by 48 cents. The fee includes biweekly recycling;

• Setting a public meeting, as required by the United States Department of Agriculture, for Thursday, May 3, at 8:45 a.m. in the fire hall meeting room. This is an informational meeting concerning the siren project;

• Agreeing that the phone in the fire hall meeting room is unnecessary and should be removed, saving the city $42 each month; and

• Voting to donate $350 toward the flowers placed downtown during the summer.

The next City Council meeting will be held at the Randall Fire Hall Wednesday, May 16, at 7 p.m.