During their regular meeting on Tuesday, October 16, the Clarkfield City Council voted unanimously to accept a proposal from KLM Engineering, Inc. to add a new protective coating to the water tower. According to their submission to the council, the new coat is estimated to last between 20 and 25 years with only minor maintenance. They will also inspect the structure to prevent future erosion along the welded joints. KLM will coordinate their work with Bollig, Inc (the company currently assisting Clarkfield with their infrastructure project).

The project is estimated at $29,545 and work is expected to begin sometime next year.

In other news:

City Administrator Amanda Luepke announced that “Clarkfield was approved to roll the $178,000 Temporary Bond of 2015 into the infrastructure financing.” She said that this will help cover the costs of the project.

The Council voted unanimously to allow Mark Sand & Gravel Company to keep their pile of asphalt in Clarkfield for the first 6 months of 2019 at a charge of $1,000. After which, the Council said that they expect the pile to be removed by the company as it currently sits on public property. “Here’s my foot and it’s going down,” joked council member Jerry Kaupang, echoing the general frustration among other members over the situation.

Because the next council meeting falls on election day (November 6), the council voted to reschedule their meeting to November 13 at 7:00 p.m.

Luepke informed the council that the Department of Health officially signed-off on the Clarkfield Cafe, meaning that its doors will open soon.

Interviews for a new Public Works Director are scheduled for Thursday, October 18 at 5:30 pm.