Mabel Council reviews parking signs, makes annual appointments


SUBMITTED PHOTO Mabel now has signs throughout the city to remind residents of the winter parking rules
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LISSA BLAKE

It was a short meeting Wednesday, Jan. 8, for the Mabel City Council.

Under old business, the council discussed the fact the city had ordered 10 odd/even parking signs that have been installed around town.

The signs concern citywide alternate side parking from 2 to 8 a.m. from Nov. 1 to March 31, making visitors aware of the need to park on a specific side of the street for snow removal.

Appointments

In other matters, the council approved a number of annual appointments for 2020.

The Mabel City Council will continue to meet the second Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m.

Other appointments include: Terry Torkelson, acting mayor; News Leader, official newspaper; Bank of the West, official depository bank; Nethercut Schieber PLLP, city attorney; Bob Mierau, zoning administrator; Tim Mengis, health officer; Karen Larson, assistant weed inspector; Jeff Rein, fire chief; Steve Geving and Chad Loppnow, assistant fire chiefs and Jeff Rein, civil defense director.

Council representatives appointed to local committees and boards included: Kirsten Wyffels and Jim Westby, Economic Development Authority (EDA); Kristen Wyffels and Gary Morken, Street and Light; Adam Wilder and Terry Torkelson, Sewer and Water; Jim Westby and Adam Wilder, ambulance and fire department; Kirsten Wyffels and Terry Torkelson, Parks and Rec.; Jim Westby, police administration; Karen Larson, community center; Terry Torkelson and Gary Morken, zoning; and Karen Larson and Kirsten Wyffels, community center self-evaluation.  

Brooke Harmening was appointed the city’s website and Facebook page editor, and Wayne Austin is in charge of animal control. The official posting place for council correspondence is Mabel City Hall, 201 South Main Street, and the mileage reimbursement rate will follow the Internal Revenue Service’s standard mileage rate for 2020.

In other matters, Hacker and Nelson, P.C., of Decorah will perform the 2019 audit Jan. 27 and 28.

Ambulance director

After some discussion, the council increased the pay for ambulance director Sarah Delaney from $950 to $1,000 per month.

Last year, Delaney did not receive any type of increase, and the council expressed an interest in raising her compensation, effective Jan. 1.

City clerk Karen Larson explained Delaney did not ask for the raise, but the council feels Delaney is a “phenomenal” asset to the Mabel Ambulance.

“We were on the verge of losing our ambulance service and she has recruited and built it up … what she’s doing for that ambulance service shows a real commitment,” said Larson following the meeting.

Dog and cat

The council issued a reminder to animal owners in Mabel that dog and cat licenses are due now.

“In accordance with Minnesota basic code, residents are allowed to have two pets per household,” said Larson.

Licenses are $10 each and were due Jan. 1.

EDA report

In her Economic Development Authority (EDA) report, Wyffels explained that all of the EDA’s loans were current at the end of the year.

Joe Houdek’s new restaurant at the north edge of town on Highway 44 is nearing its opening.

In a related matter, following the EDA’s recommendation, the council reappointed LeAnn Wickett and Sue Morken to three-year terms on the EDA.

Public works

In his public works report, Jeff Rein reported the Mabel Legion and VFW are donating 22 flags for the city to fly on its light poles.

In addition, he noted the city’s new skid loader was delivered Wednesday and that the city is going to have to pull well No. 3 and further investigate the issues associated with it.

Jim Westby, Jeff Rein and Bob Mierau recently met with the county engineer about paving County Road 34 coming into Mabel. The city will ask the city attorney to draft a letter to the county indicating the need for the work.

Many thanks

At the conclusion of the council’s business, Mayor Jim Westby expressed his thanks to the Mabel Ambulance and Fire Department for their handling of a serious accident on New Year's Day.

He commended both departments, citing teamwork, working together and professional handling of a difficult situation.

“They were tremendous,” added Larson after the meeting.