Upsala Council approves use of calcium chloride

by Jennie ZeitlerStaff Writer

Elmdale Township Supervisor Duane Harren recommended to the Upsala City Council Monday that calcium chloride be applied to a half-mile stretch of 50th Avenue that is in the city but not paved.

“We would like to see it done again,” Harren said. “It saves grading on it and it saves the gravel.”

By agreement with the city, the township grades the city’s gravel streets. Calcium chloride is applied to gravel road surfaces to control dust during the summer months.

“Everybody seemed pretty happy with it last year; it kept the dust down,” said City Clerk-Treasurer Adrian Welle.

The cost last year was 56 cents per foot. Using that as a guideline, Harren suggested the cost this year would be close to $1,220 for the half-mile.

After approving this year’s application, the Council agreed to discuss whether the five property owners along that stretch of road will be asked to pay a portion of the cost in the future.

“I think they should pay a portion of the cost rather than have the city pay the whole bill,” said Council Member Dennis Westrich.

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Other business coming before the Upsala City Council Monday included:

• Approving the receipt of a Morrison County cleanup grant for $375. The annual Upsala Cleanup Day will be Saturday, June 1, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the recreation building;

• Approving a liquor license renewal for the Upsala Baseball Association, applicable for every event except the Heritage Festival;

• Approving the application of additional gravel on Baltic Road north of the city, participating with Elmdale Township. The city’s share of one quarter-mile of the road will be about 106 yards of gravel; and

• Discussing whether to install the four-year-old LP gas furnace from the old cafe (which has air conditioning) in the fire hall. “It’s something we should think about,” said Mayor Rollie Johnson. It is a hanging unit which would replace the current electrical and #2 fuel oil heating system.

The next Upsala City Council meeting will be Monday, June 3 at 7 p.m. at the city office in the fire hall.

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