By Mari Radtke
The regular Paullina City Council meeting on Monday October 4 featured a public hearing for the sale of a residential lot to Scott and Kathy Fields. No comments were submitted to council. The resolution to sell the property and enter into the contract was approved. Council also received a request from John and Candice Hahn for an easement of city property adjacent to their property on Willow Street. The requested easement allows them access to their property and is used by Mill Creek Manufacturing for access. Thor Klinker was on hand representing the Hahns. He explained that the deeds to the lots purchased by the Hahns “had problems.” Now that those deeds have been resolved the Hahns can move forward with their plans. They’ve made a number of requests since purchasing property around their home. They plan to build a workshop, but ran into zoning issues. They had the property replatted and it is now 1 lot, removing a zoning obstacle to their being able to build the workshop.
Council had a brief discussion about the airport. The airport currently has a balance around $46,000 and council considered if the terminal should be rebuilt or the money saved for runway resurfacing. The “scout house” roof is being reshingled and that brought up the idea of moving the scout house to the airport to replace the existing terminal or if it should have some restrooms and heat installed and be used as a venue. No decisions were made.
RML Architects of Sioux City has worked with the Fire Department to develop drawings and specs for a new emergency services building. RML requires a signed contract with the city before they start services. They also take full payment after 2 years, which is a percentage of the project cost. The city currently is waiting to sign the contract for the fire department to secure a 100’ x 200’ piece of property for the construction project. Council asked that Brent Noteboom, Fire Chief, inform RML of why the city is waiting to sign the contract. Council also noted the new pumper truck is expected in June or July.
Plat maps drawn on property once owned by the city and now owned by Mark and Kari Lange were brought out. The city was asked if those maps still were available.
The Missouri River Energy Service (MRES) report submitted in August indicated the city had a lot of trees that need trimming to help avoid interference with the electric system in Paullina. In the report it stated that the city has 639 “public” trees in its inventory. Out of those trees 40% are Maple, 20% the “public” trees in the city’s inventory are Ash and 11% are apple trees. He expressed concern about threats to the trees including Emerald Ash Borer. The report recommends proper planning and management of the trees to remove and replace the trees over a period of years. The report detailed immediate needs for the city owned trees. Twenty five trees are in need of removal now. Out of those 15 trees are over 24 inches in diameter. There are indications that the Emerald Ash Borer is present in some trees. A discussion centered around the unavailability of tree service for the jobs.
The city is also investigating upgrades to the substation. Necessary equipment to do the upgrades is estimated at $20,000. The city’s generators are not working. The cost for removal and replacement is guessed at $500,000. The generators would be used in the event of a supply or transmission disruption.
By Mari Radtke