City of Upsala and Elmdale Township establish billing agreement for road care

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After keeping careful track of road-care expenses for two years, the city of Upsala and Elmdale Township have agreed to bill each other for services rendered.

While every detail of a road-care agreement has yet to be ironed out, both entities agreed at the Upsala City Council meeting Monday, to submit a bill to the other.

“The township will present the city with a bill and the city will present the township with a bill,” said Elmdale Town Supervisor Ron Schmidt.

Township road maintenance worker Duane Harren’s time card was tallied to figure hours worked gutting ditches, grading roads and plowing snow.

The township also houses the city’s snow plow.

The city does some plowing and sanding for the township.

Township supervisors Ken Abrahamson, Jery Theisen and Ron Schmidt, along with Walt Beneke, attended the council meeting.

It was also discussed whether someone from the township could operate the city snow plow in a time of urgent need, if someone from the city were not available.

“That is a liability and legal issue,” said Mayor Rollie Johnson. “But in case something were to happen, a city operator needs to be operating a city vehicle.”

City Clerk-Treasurer Adrian Welle suggested that a part-time on-call employee be designated.

“I would prefer if there was someone as a backup for me,” said Upsala Maintenance Supervisor Frank Koopmeiners. “In 27 years, there was only one other time before this winter when I couldn’t plow.”

“We need to further investigate who we can legally have operate our city snow plow.  Due to liability issues, the operator needs to be a city employee,” said Welle. “I am going to look into what the city can do to allow for this process to run smoothly.”

Elmdale Township’s next meeting will be Wednesday at 7 p.m.


Other business to come before the Upsala City Council Monday included:

• Tabling a decision on trading in the sewer jetting (cleaning) machine for a newer model from Flexible Pipe Tool Company of St. Joseph;

• Declining Culligan’s proposal to provide three water coolers to the city in lieu of bottled water;

• Authorized bids to be solicited for the repair of 80 feet of Tower Road;

• Approving a parade permit for Heritage Days, Saturday, Aug. 10;

• Approving the posting of notices regarding the availability of the city’s Consumer Confidence Report on the safety of the drinking water. The report and a water sample are available at the city office;

• Approving a permit for the Heritage Days fireworks presentation. Donations of $2,000 each were accepted from the Upsala American Legion and the Upsala Lions Club;

• Approving the installation of a drug disposal unit by the Morrison County Sheriff, like one recently put in by the city of Randall. The unit will cost about $700-725, and will bolt securely to the floor;

• Holding a bill from Schlenner, Wenner for auditing services pending the receipt of a breakdown of costs; and

• Approving the payment of bills in the amount of $12,194.26.

The next Upsala City Council meeting will be Monday, Aug. 5 at 7 p.m. at the city office in the Fire Hall.