CRV agrees to new maintenance contract for lift station

By : 
SCOTT BESTUL
TRI-COUNTY RECORD

The October 2 meeting of the City of Rushford Village city council might not be the shortest on record, but if there are any sessions lasting less than 17 minutes, no one is talking about it. The CRV council addressed only two major issues during the session.

Lift station maintenance contract

Public works supervisor Travis Scheck received a bid from Minnesota Pump Works (MPW) to inspect the city’s main pump and lift station on a regular basis. MPW is a sales, maintenance and service company with offices in the cities of Dundas and Menagha, Minn., which services a five-state area. MPW’s bid for the project is $468.75 per inspection, with an additional fee of $175 if they have to complete a more thorough inspection by entering the station itself.

Scheck reported to the council that he’d attempted to contact the existing contractor used by the city to receive a bid, but had been unsuccessful.  In addition to being significantly less expensive, Scheck noted “(MPW) provides a checklist of all the items they inspect, and every call I’ve made to them there has either been someone there, or they return the call immediately. The scope of what they do seems reasonable, and if they’re more responsive, that’s a good thing.”

After some discussion, the council approved the hiring of Minnesota Pump Works to inspect and maintain the city’s pump and lift station.

In the rest of his report, Scheck noted that there were no updates on the Benson Lane project, but he assumed the project would still get a start later this month. Scheck also said that he was working to mix sand and salt used for winter road maintenance at the city shed, but that weather had prevented him from completing the project.

City resident Yvonne McElmury addressed the council briefly at the meeting’s start. McElmury said that, after her street (Goodrich Street) had been surfaced, an edge had been created that resulted in runoff and debris from the street and neighboring yards to flow into her property and require cleanup. Scheck requested her address and said that he’d visit the property to see if the problem could be fixed.

Meetings

Mayor Gordon Johnson noted that there were two upcoming meetings that council members were invited to attend. The first was a groundbreaking for the AcenTek Fiber Internet Expansion project, scheduled for Oct. 3 at 10 a.m. The second was the announcement of meetings of the League of Minnesota Cities (LMC), scheduled for Oct. 30 from 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m., and 1:30-7:30 p.m.

Schedule

The next meeting of the City of Rushford Village city council will be Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. Members of the public are invited to attend.