By Terry Lehrke, News Editor
The Pierz City Council voted to approve a 3 percent increase in the Pierz Library rent — or $24 — for $824 per month. However, Dick Bujalski, owner of the building, had requested a $50 per month increase.
The city’s contract with Bujalski states increases in rent will be limited to the Public Library’s prorated portion of the documented assessments, taxes and insurance, not to exceed 5 percent of the yearly rent, plus a yearly increase not to exceed 3 percent.
No documentation was offered as proof to an increase of assessments, taxes and insurance, although the Council agreed that that building would have been assessed for the Robert Street project.
Last year, the $50 per month increase was approved, but no increase was given between 2009 – 2012.
The Council agreed that should the documentation be brought in, consideration would be given to a further increase.
Council Member Don Bujalski abstained from the vote.
Pierz City Council Briefs
In other business Monday, the Pierz City Council:
• Approved vacating a portion of street on Fourth Avenue Northeast and to reimburse Galen Stumpf for $1,000 of the $3,000 he spent to have the area surveyed;
• Approved renting a water station from Culligan at $9.50 per month, with the cost of a five-gallon jug of water at $6.75 each. City Administrator Anna Gruber said the refrigerator at City Hall was not large enough to accommodate bottled water and that the only other water available was from the faucet in the restroom;
• Acknowledged Wanda Lundblad’s eight years of service as utility billing clerk. She was unable to pick up the plaque the city had made for her. Council Member Stephanie Fyten said she was the utility billing clerk, “But a whole lot more. She helped with the transitions through (personnel) changes. She is and will be greatly missed;”
• Agreed to advertise the city’s snow plow again, without setting a minimum price, but with the right to refuse any bid deemed unreasonable;
• Heard the Little Falls Lindyland Leadership group wanted to put labels on the city’s storm water drains as a project;
• Heard from Police Chief Eric Hanneken that while 2013 showed an increase in incidents and calls for service, he felt that number would drop. Part of the reason for increased incidents, he said, had to do with city ordinances being enforced. Hanneken also pointed out that his officers were scheduled during the highest traffic days and hours; and
• Learned the Park Board will meet Feb. 3 and the covered bridge by the Pierz Park in memory of Bill Stoll would be discussed.
The next Pierz City Council meeting is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m.