Fourth of July committee begins celebration plans with blessings from Randall Council

By Tina SnellStaff Writer

Mike Drew and Donna Lundgren, representatives of Randall’s Fourth of July Committee, came before the Randall City Council Wednesday night with concerns about the July festivities.

Lundgren said the Parade and dance for Friday, July 4, are set, but it is unknown about the status of the fireworks.

“It probably won’t happen on the Fourth,” said Lundgren. She cited trouble with getting qualified fireworks “shooters” for July 4.

Other activities that day include a medallion hunt, food and beverages. With other groups participating in the organization of activities, there may also be bed races, bingo and duck races.

“We are looking for other groups to participate in the July Fourth celebration,” said Lundgren.

Lundgren said that having the fireworks Thursday, July 3, or Saturday, July 5, is another option, but her committee is not sure if it’s a good idea.

“Would we get a good draw (of people) if that’s all that is going on?” she said.

The Council voted to give $3,500 to the Fourth of July Committee toward the fireworks if the display can be held Thursday, July 3. If not, then the fireworks would be cancelled for this year.

Randall City Council briefs 

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

• Announcing the city-wide garage sale will be held Thursday and Friday, May 1-2, the city’s treasure day will be held Saturday, May 3, and the clean-up day is scheduled for Saturday, May 10, from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.;

• Voting to move approximately $60,000 in funds from a Franklin Templeton account to purchase a Randall State Bank CD, as per recommendations from Mary Backlund at Schlenner Wenner CPAs in Little Falls;

• Voting to contract with Widseth Smith Nolting for mill and overlay work on Superior Avenue for $4,800. The company will run the public meetings and create the assessment rolls, but will not do any engineering work or the final inspection. City administrators will solicit bids for the work at a later date;

• Accepting the annual grant agreement for recycling and clean-up from Morrison County. The city will receive $1,268 for recycling and $375 for clean-up;

• Approving a $600 per month independent contract agreement with former Water and Sewer Supervisor Dan Thilquist to work 20 hours a month during the time current Water and Sewer Supervisor Mike Hubner receives his licensure. If Thilquist works more than 20 hours, he will receive $30 per hour;

• Voting to donate $500 to Green Prairie/Darling Townships for beach and park projects at Green Prairie Fish Lake;

• Voting to accept Maintenance Supervisor Wendell Schultz’s recommendation to raze the City Cemetery’s entrance pillars as they are in disrepair and to remove the fence and curbing along County Road 1. Sentence to Serve will be asked to help;

• Voting to purchase a 61-inch Simplicity lawn mower for $8,740 after trade-in and a 50-horse New Holland utility tractor for $12,400 after trade-in. Councilman Jerry Adamski voted against purchasing the tractor from the New Holland dealer in Upsala due to the city’s history with the company; and

• Voting to spend up to $600 each for two computer upgrades from Windows XP to Windows 7 as XP will no longer be supported by Microsoft after April 8. The two computers will be used in the city offices and at the liquor store.

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