Street maintenance planned in Mazeppa

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By Alicia Hunt-Welch

MAZEPPA – At the June 4 Mazeppa City Council meeting, City Administrator Duane Hofschulte said Fahrner Asphalt will be doing street chip and crack sealing work this summer. Summit, South, Birch, Cedar, 2nd, and Oak Streets will be worked on. The project cost is estimated at $68,000. 

The city looked into correcting the corner of Oak Street and old Betcher Road. Last year the road was damaged when a resident bladed the gravel road without permission. It trying address the issue of widening of the road, underground telephone lines were detected just under the surface. The road cannot be dug up because if the fiberoptic lines are damaged, it could be costly. Prior to the road being damaged, sod was preventing erosion on the boulevard. Now that the sod is gone Public Works Director Larry Zielsdorf will look into obtaining a fast-growing ground cover to prevent further erosion. 

Sunday liquor sale hours changed

The second reading of the amended liquor license, which allows Sunday sales to begin at 10 a.m. instead of 11 a.m., was revisited by the council. In addition, the council changed the required capacity of establishments that can sell during those times from 75 people to 30 people. A motion by Mike Hammes, seconded by Derald Mitchell, to approve the amended ordinance carried 5-0. 

Policing report

Wabasha County Sherriff Rodney Bartsh presented the incident report for May. Last month the deputies responded to four animal complaints, three driving complaints, eight traffic violations, and an assault, ATV violation, civil matter, harassment/threat, medical call, theft offense, and a traffic crash. Deputies also assisted other departments on one incident. 

Preparing for Mazeppa Daze 

A temporary liquor license was approved for the Jaycees to sell beer during Mazeppa Daze. A one-day raffle gambling permit for Mazeppa Fire Relief was approved for July 12. A gambling permit for the Lions Club was also approved. An application requesting the closure of County 1/1st Avenue and County 54/Chestnut Street for the Mazeppa Daze parade was approved and submitted to the county. 

Other business

A motion by Hammes for the city to pursue a delinquent water/sewer bill through small claims court carried 4-0. The property owner owes about $500. 

The Mazeppa cleanup day took in more rubbish items than in the past. Hofschulte estimated costs this year would be up $500-800.

Zielsdorf said the large capacity of clean water running during the winter to keep pipes from freezing was hard on the wastewater treatment plant. 

The city has received complaints about unmaintained lawns. The Mazeppa staff will serve notices to the property owners giving them ten days to address the problem or the city will take care of it and charge it through property taxes.

The City of Mazeppa was in compliance with the state required comparable work study of wages for various positions. No mandatory adjustments in pay were required for this year. 

Terms are up this year for three elected city officials: the two-year mayor position for Bob Beniak and the four-year council positions for Mike Hammes and Tom Marsh. Candidacy filing opens on July 29 and runs through August 12. Citizens interested in running for either mayor or council should file at city hall.

The next regular council meeting will be on Wednesday, July 2, at 6 p.m. in the council chambers.

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