Cottonwood City Council meets
Alcohol beverage licenses for 2021 were approved at the January meeting of the Cottonwood City Council which was held Monday, Jan. 11.
Licenses were approved for Rodonna’s Country Haus, Wolftrack Brewing, Coyote’s, Rieners Grocery and An American Bar.
The Council also approved a bad debt write-off for a house where the owner was deceased.
A utility bill waiver for a house Clint Riener owns on Washington Street was discussed. The house is in bad shape and is used by the fire and police departments for training. It has been suggested that the fire department and/or police department be charged for using it for training with the charges being credited against the water/sewer billing. Action was tabled for further input from the fire chief.
In correspondence, a letter from FEMA recommending the city adopt their ordinance was discussed. City attorney Joe Wright said FEMA’s proposed ordinance is much more comprehensive as far as enforcement and administration than what the state requires. He says he recommends against passing an ordinance that you aren’t going to enforce. Mayor Pepper Harman asked if the city code matches the state statutes? Wright said he would check to make sure.
Ryan Uhlenkott was in attendance to talk about a couple of projects he is looking at. He’s looking at breaking up the school property which appears to be platted in lots on the city map but is taxed as one big lot. Wright said to check with the title company.
His other project is he’s looking at breaking up Ironwood and selling the lots. He asked if the city would be interested in annexation and if not, what would need to be done as far as the water/sewer billing. Harman said there are still issues with the water lines and hydrants that the city didn’t really want to take on if it was annexed.
Uhlenkott will look into things further.
The NRCS scoping project was discussed. This is the project that was reported on in last week’s front page article in the Chronicle. The engineers informed the city the more community input the better as far as the project was concerned. This is in regards to the city’s stormwater project that would mitigate flooding, especially on Main Street.
In the reports Pat Holthaus reported they pumped 2.3 million gallons and sold 1.9 for an 18% loss. Testing all came back good.
In the sewer report Lynn Guyer reported a new permit is coming. Roy Uhlenkott reported the new permit would require a lot more testing be done. He estimated man-hours devoted to testing would probably triple. “There’s a lot of complicated things we have to work out.”
In the street report Ben Schumacher said he looked into a grant for 2023 that would address safety concerns, such as making improvements in an area that sees bad wrecks. He didn’t really see any place where that would apply so decided against applying for the grant.
There was nothing to report from land and buildings.
The airport inspection went well. Clint Riener said they suggested removing the reflectors along the runways as both them and the lighting could be confusing. Also they suggested putting something on the chain link fence that helps pilots know there is a fence there.
In the fire department report Linda Nida said the department assisted on a pickup-camper rollover in December. So far in January they assisted St. Mary’s Hospital ambulance on a call and put out a dumpster fire.
In other business Holthaus said he got asked if the “halfway house” in the Trestle Addition is legal. It is a residential A zone. Wright went through the code as to what is allowed in residential A zone and what could be conditionally allowed. His suggestion was to get more information as to exactly what is being planned and then they could proceed accordingly.
The meeting adjourned at 8:07 p.m. The next regular meeting will be Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m.