By Noah Lusti Writer At this week’s Granite Falls City Council meeting the three recently elected council members were sworn in. Two members of the council, Steve Nordaune and DuWayne Galow, were returning after re-election. The one newly elected member of the council was Brad Peterson. The new council appointed Nordaune as Vice President, a position he’s held for the last four years. The council also established the rules of order, including a new 10 minute time limit for people speaking at public hearings or council meetings. The council plans to amend this rule to make it less restrictive based on the amount of people at the meeting or hearing.
Lance Kalthoff spoke to the council about plans for 2020 road work on highway 23, including the Granite stoplight intersection. The work would realign the intersection, so the lanes going south match the lanes coming from the north. The current alignment of the lanes causes confusion for drivers, who often try and merge into the left lane, cutting off drivers when going straight because it matches with their lane. Other planned road improvements include several left turn lanes along highway 23, including one out to the Fagen Fighters WWII Museum. Construction will take place from spring to fall of 2020.
The council also gave a brief update on the Memorial Park project. Most of the work on the bathroom has been completed, along with the basement in the shelter house. This week construction on the roof of the shelter house will continue, but there were questions of the cold weather possibly freezing the mortar, and discussions about building a heated structure around it.
Council members were also appointed to boards and committees, with only two changes. Scott Peterson was appointed to the KCC board and Brad Peterson was appointed to the EDA board. Brad Peterson, as a newly elected member, had to step down from the utilities commission because there could only be one city council rep on the board. Dave Smiglewski will continue to stay on the utilities board as the councils rep. The rest of the council reps previously on various boards and committees will remain the same.
In other news:
-The council voted to update to the SCADA system with costs not exceeding $10,000.
-The council adopted a resolution accepting a grant for fencing around Granite Falls well site. The grant covers half of the proposed $18,150 cost.
-City Hall will be closed December 24th
-The council voted to approve various city hall improvements with costs not exceeding $9,070.