The Chamber of Commerce and the Public Utilities will be buying all new holiday decorations to put up on the downtown streets this season.
On Tuesday, the Redwood Falls City Council approved a $6,188 request to purchase 52 sets of 15 foot Natural Timberline Garland Pole Wraps, and red outdoor bows.
Chuck Heins, of the Public Utilities, explained to the council that the department used to purchase natural decorations in collaboration with the chamber.
However, Heins admitted the utilities staff has not been too enthusiastic about the decorations they have put up on the downtown streetlights and other areas.
After meeting with the chamber representatives, new decorations were chosen which will both be attractive and help keep installation time and effort down.
In other city news, the council:
• Approved the repeal of an old ordinance regulating the licence of dancing in the city, since the ordinance hasn’t been used or enforced in many years.
• Approved a $22,377 bid to Jeff Heling Construction to finish various paving and concrete construction projects left out of the original Ramsey Park Zoo Phase III Renovation project due to earlier unresolved concerns about matching grants.
• Approved a general cos-of-living adjustment of 2.5 percent to Redwood Area Hospital employees, effective January 1. 2014.
• Approved a $6,597 low interest loan and a grant for the same amount to Jennifer Beller-Schmidt to renovate the commercial building she owns at 238 S. Mill St. The renovation project consists of tuck-pointing, plumbing, and flooring.
• Approved a one-year agreement with NU-Telecom to extend an agreement with the company trading no-cost Internet service at the Redwood Area Community Center in exchange for exclusive rights to have its company logo or other suitable advertising displayed on one 4’x8’ billboard in the ice arena.
• Approved a change order to change the substantial completion date from Sept. 13 to Sept. 21.
• Approved an ordinance rezoning the south side of the 400 block of Tin Street and the west side of the 1100 block of Halvorson Street.
The area is currently zoned as a general industrial district, which makes the relevant lots unable to be developed without city hearings for each lot.
The new zoning, to a limited industrial district, would make the lots easier for the property owners to develop them if desired.
The five affected property owners in the area signed documents giving their approval to the rezoning.
• Approved awarding the CSAH 31 turnback project to M.R. Paving and Excavating Inc., for $39,090. The second bid that came in was for $95,357.
The project consists of milling, bituminous overlay, storm sewer casting replacements, and curb gutter replacements.
• Approved the trade in the Parks And Recreation Department’s floor scrubber one for a cost of $12,245.