Upsala City Council Briefs

Other business that came before the Upsala City Council Monday included:

• Hearing that the city wells were checked by Thein Well. “They recommended that pump four, behind the shed, be pulled and checked,” said Maintenance Supervisor Frank Koopmeiners. “It hasn’t been done since 2004, but should be done by next summer;”

• Approving the purchase of a pickup for the maintenance department. It’s a 2011 Chevrolet offered by Upsala Motors with nearly 26,000 miles and a three-year factory warranty, at a cost of $21,528.58. The old 2000 pickup has 152,000 miles on it, but was accepted as a trade-in for $1,000;

•Approving the installation of five new streetlights on Hillcrest Avenue, at the corner of Oak and Hillcrest, east of the Valley View Apartments, behind the community center on the alley and on Basswood Avenue. The monthly cost to the city will be $89.30;

• Approving the water treatment plant painting contract to Heineman Painting with one change. Since they are not bonded, the city will waive that requirement. Heineman will then be paid upon completion of the job;

• Approving the final levy certification, the same as the preliminary, with a 2.63 percent increase. “It’s the first levy increase in seven years,” said City Administrator Adrian Welle.

• Approving the renewal of a contract with Schultz Auctioneers Landmark Realty to sell the Blonigen property at the county’s valuation of $10,500. A contract for the sale of property at the intersection of highways 21 and 238 was not renewed;

• Approving liquor licenses for Molly’s on Main for on sale, off sale and Sunday, and for the Bullfrog Bar and Grill for on sale, off sale, Sunday sales and 2 a.m. closing.

• Tabling the request for a liquor license by the Upsala Ballpark Association pending further discussion; and

• Tabling the discussion regarding 2013 employees’ wages.

The next regularly scheduled meeting will be Monday, Jan. 6, at 7 p.m. at City Hall.