At last week’s Coleraine City Council meeting, counselors used their authority to approve and enforce two Professional Services Agreements. Both agreements are with the Independent School District 316 for 2018-19. In one agreement, the library will accommodate the school district with weekly scheduled time for classroom activities and the ISD 316 will pay for a maximum of 308 hours at $16.31 per hour for staffing, reimburse the library $1,000 for books as well as $1,000 for custodial services.
The second agreement will provide the Greenway High School with an on-duty police officer for every school day at a cost of $21.60 per hour to the school district.
Councilor Mary Drewes was the sole dissenter on the School Resource Officer Agreement. When asked why she voted “no,” she replied that the city would have its second squad car stationed at the school and the maintenance for that second squad car would be paid for by the city instead of ISD 316. Drewes said that has never been the arrangement until now.
During the police briefing, Councilor Peggy Smith described the tactics local kids use to cross the street in front of Vandyke and asked about having a painted crosswalk at that location. Police Chief Lonnie Mjolsness said that to make a designated crosswalk would sacrifice at least four parking spaces. No action was taken. Also, during the month of May, 128 police incident reports were filed and 13 of those where the TLFD was summoned.
Mayor Jim Hagen said the solar power group has sent a contract for the proposed solar power farm and described the contract as very lengthy and having language that is convoluted. City Attorney John Dimich will review the 20-year agreement proposal and report back to the council.
Councilor Ryan Stish reported from the public hearing on the County Road 440 name change. Itasca County GIS Analyst Dave Bily was at the meeting to provide guidance and legal criteria. Duane Ranger stated that the new name could be ‘Summit’ and either Drive, Lane, Road, or Street. The final decision has not been made.
Mayor Hagen gave an update on the city employee health insurance crisis where the AFSCME Union will not open the contract. The city will be obligated to buy insurance that is on par with the existing insurance for the next six months from Northeast Service Coop at a substantial increase in premiums. Mary Drewes said the demise of the current insurance co-op, Arrowhead ProCare, as being caused by a declining membership pool.
Public Works Supervisor Harry Bertram gave an update on the new bucket truck and they are waiting on the State of Minnesota to provide the title card for the truck. Also, Bertram said the new generator is online but there are still some minor problems because the generator causes the feed-water pumps to start out of sequence.
In other business, the council:
• Voted to hire a part time casual worker.
• Voted to accept a refrigerator from the City of Bovey.
• Agreed to allow Coleraine police officers to hire out for Nashwauk’s July 3rd Street Dance.
• Passed a motion to advertise the fact that Cotton Beach has life guards on duty.
• Discussed the fish die-off and wondered if an aerator would have prevented this.
• Voted to send a response letter to the state auditor.
• Passed a proposal to have Paramount Safety and Training service fire extinguishers.
• Agreed to take lawn mower off the list of light equipment.