Pierz City Council Briefs

The Pierz City Council rescheduled its regular Monday night meeting to Wednesday, Nov. 12, due to the weather and the fact that several Council members were stranded outside the city.

During that abbreviated meeting held to take of the business that had to be dealt with, the Council:

•Approved the election results as presented by City Clerk Matt Bell, showing that Mayor Toby Egan, Council Members Mike Menden and Stephanie Fyten and City Treasurer Linda Sczublewski, had been re-elected. Bell further reported that 75.97 percent (550) of the registered voters (724)  in the city turned out, with 56 of those voting absentee;

•Asked City Administrator Scott Saehr to check on whether a Truth in Taxation public hearing had to be scheduled, due to the fact that the city had proposed a 0 percent increase in its budget and levy;

•Approved the only snow removal bid received for the city. The city agreed to pay Saehr Backhoe $110 per hour for a loader; $120 an hour for a loader with a pusher, $90 per hour for a dump truck and $100 per hour for a blade or plow truck. In addition, the Council approved its annual contract with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) for snow removal on Pierz’ Main Street, which is Highway 25. Menden noted that 50 dump truck loads of snow were removed from the city Tuesday evening, after Monday’s snow storm. He noted that MnDOT reimburses the city for removing snow on Main Street;

•Approved a 2 a.m. liquor license for the Brickyard Bar and Banquet Hall, at a cost of $300, which is a separate fee from the regular liquor licenses;

•Approved the sale of an 11-foot mow board, an extra piece of equipment used on the snow plow truck the city sold. The piece is just a blade and does not fit on the new equipment purchased by the city. It will be put up by a fence with a “for sale” sign and advertised;

•Approved a building permit for Litke’s Veterinary Service to replace its current sign with a new sign that is several feet higher than the current sign, as recommended by the Planning and Zoning Board; and

•Approved paying the city’s bills.

The next Pierz City Council meeting is Monday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. at City Hall.