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Northwest Salmon




Eight residential projects okayed for city demolition

by George Thompson

The Webster City Council learned last week that eight property owners have applied for a city assisted residential property removal program and six of those parcels are homes. The purpose of the program is to clean-up and/or remove nuisance properties that don’t meet code.
The council approved all eight parcels for demolition and debris removal by city crews at the department’s convenience. Officials are hoping to get as much of the work done before the ground thaws as possible. A ninth application wasn’t considered because it involved removing a structure attached to another building.
The council agreed to a final settlement with pool contractor JDH Construction. Terms of the agreement will see the contractor receiving a final payment of $54,342 that includes a $15,000 deduction for liquidated damages. At the contractor’s insistence, the two sides will also exchange checks for $15,000 to conclude the deal. JDH’s check will be considered a donation. This deal was approved on a 4-1 vote with alderman Morgan Dorsett dissenting saying he didn’t agree with the methods.
In some bookkeeping matters, the council approved an airport budget supplement of $58,565.11 for a grant and a $41,177.48 pay request to Efraimson Electric for airport work and $7,519.85 to Helms for engineering services on the same project. They also approved a $23,900 payment for a golf course grounds-keeper, $5,707.57 for a ballfield gator, $3,590.54 to Duerre Excavating for waterline work, $47,931.55 for insurance premiums and $642.50 to Clark Engineering for a housing study on WADC property north of the industrial park.
The council accepted all bids for hot and cold mix and approved paying liquor distributor Republic by the first of each month.
In personnel matters, the council hired patrolman Robert Newstrand, Milbank at $11.30 per hour. He will replace Doug Skeide who is leaving due to health reasons. Peggy Kirchmeier was hired as a library aide at $8 per hour. The council also hired 18 lifeguards and gave a 25 cents an hour increase to those with experience. For the ballpark they hired Travis Schmidt at $8.25, and Brady Bury and Ross Bullert at $7.25 an hour. Angela Shoemaker was selected as softball coordinator for $500 for the summer and Josh Gaikowski was hired for the golf course at $8 per hour.
The golf course will open April 17 weather permitting and all fees will remain the same as last year.
In other action, the council:
nApproved a $3,000 annual funding request to Community Transit.
nApproved a May 24-25 special malt beverage license to the Decoy for a softball tourney.
nApproved building permits to Richard DenOuden, St. John’s Church and Lake Region Electric.
nApproved publishing the 2013 drinking water report.
nApproved sending staff to the April 30-May 1 code enforcement conference in Pierre and Tim Kiefer to the police chiefs’ conference in Deadwood April 30-May 2.
nSet election workers’ pay at $9 per hour and April 9 to canvass the election vote.
nApproved April 28 to May 1 for citywide cleanup.
nApproved carpet bids of $3,759.21 to Vogls’ for the finance office and $4,414.35 to Webster Lumber for the library.
The next Webster City Council meeting is set for May 5 at 6:30 p.m.

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