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City of Brownton-Council Meeting

City of Brownton
Brownton City Council
January Meeting
MCHP continues to catalog the Brownton/McLeod West High School items. In total, there were 1,177 items cataloged, approximately 300 items remain to be cataloged.
Brownton has partnered with McLeod County Historical Society, which provides FREE admission to all Brownton residents to visit the McLeod County Museum in 2018.
New owners of forfeited buildings presented high level plans:
٠Larry Johnson, 528 3rd Street North – Would like to divide into two lots with a house on each lot. Next step to meet with Zoning Committee to determine feasibility.
٠John Turner, 223 5th Street North – Remodel underway.
٠John Turner, 253 7th Avenue North – Keep original structure, renovate/rebuild as necessary, eventually erect detached garage.
٠John Turner, Old Grocery Store – Secure/clean out the building, get evaluation of the structure.
٠Mark Johnson, 131 6th Avenue South – Remodel.
Chris Knutson (SEH) reported the ad for bid cannot be initiated as RD hasn’t given final approval of the plans for the infrastructure project. Plan is to gain approval in the next two weeks and schedule a special meeting to approve the ad. Plan is to bid out the project in February and then open bids in early March.
Public Works Draeger report included erecting No Parking signs, flow meter checks and researching new mowers. Rooftop furnaces (gym) went out Christmas weekend due to bad igniters and a crack in the heat exchange cover.
Police Chief Bauer reported the need for a new windshield on the squad, another vehicle has been impounded due to drinking and driving. A speaker will be engaged to present identifying and dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome issues to the PD and FD. No Parking ordinance is being enforced with no parking signs and tickets as necessary. Residents need to keep their vehicles off the streets from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. daily.
Fee schedule was reviewed presenting questions regarding Sewer Access charges. Schedule was tabled until February, Kruse will research with other cities.
Community Center upgrade discussion included new toilets (already installed), kitchen remodel and new front doors. Floors scheduled to be stripped and waxed in March. New LED lighting will be installed, a Cert Grant in the amount of 1,400 was awarded to help defray the cost.
Upon motion, meeting was adjourned.
Respectfully submitted
Ella Kruse, City Clerk
(Published in The McLeod County Chronicle January 10, 2018)