Upsala City Council Briefs

Business that came before the Upsala City Council Dec. 2, included:

• Listening to City Engineer Scott Hedlund present the Wetland Delineation Report for 2014 utility improvements. A feasibility report for the 2014 Walnut Avenue and Hillcrest Street improvements was discussed;

• Approving the Christmas lighting contest which will end Friday, Dec. 20. First prize is $100 Upsala Bucks, second prize is $50 and third prize is $25;

• Renewing the Fire Fund certificate of deposit (CD) at Stearns Bank at .50 percent interest for 12 months;

• Increasing the water reconnection fee from $25 to $100;

• Approving the increase of the residential metered water minimum from $33.70 to $35.70;

• Approving the 2014 levy at $156,000, no change from 2013. “We haven’t had a levy increase for about six years,” said Mayor Rollie Johnson. “We have to feel good about that;”

• Approving a pay increase for members of the fire department from $8 to $10 an hour. “With the value of our firefighters in our small cities, this is so critical. What we pay them is minimal,” said Mayor Rollie Johnson. “I can’t say enough good about them.  My hat’s off to them;”

• Approving annual liquor license for Bullfrogs and the Upsala Blue Jays amateur baseball team;

• Approving a raffle permit for the Upsala Lions during the Upsala Area Schools carnival in February, 2014; and

• Setting the 2014 Board of Appeal for Monday, April 21, 2014, at 1 p.m.

The next Upsala City Council meeting will be Monday, Jan. 6, at 7 p.m. at the city offices.