The Lake Preston City Council met on Dec. 28, 2020, at 6 p.m. All council members were present. Also present were Josh Buer, Jeremy Woodcock, Jon Wienk and Jaden Woodcock representing the Lake Preston Fire Department as there are concerns with the fire department resuming Chase the Ace on Jan. 9, 2021.
Council members are concerned with the public’s health and safety. They are also wondering what safety precautions will be taken. The representatives of the fire department said that people are welcome to wear masks and use hand sanitizer. Fire Chief Buer states that if attendees feel more comfortable to buy their tickets, leave and return when the winning ticket number is being called, they are free to do so.
Certain council members feel that this may not be a good time to restart Chase the Ace and recommended waiting until April or May when it will be a little safer. Mayor Andy Wienk stated that it is not the city council’s job to override other entities’ decisions on whether to host or not host an event.
In other business Doug Bumann reported that there is nothing new at this time for the water, sewer and street report other than that they are preparing for the next snowstorm.
Finance officer Brenda Klug reported she had spoken with Connecting Point about a quote for installing a camera and microphone in the city building to help with future city council meetings, as sound and connection have been an issue with the Facebook Live meetings. Also, she said she had emailed Todd Wilkinson on different issues such as the nuisance dog situation, ice rink and other items, but she has not yet heard back from him.
The city council talked about campground improvements. They are looking to expand the campground where the sand volleyball court is currently, which would add about nine more camping spots. The council would like to get this project rolling as soon as possible.
They also discussed the second readings of the uniform building code ordinance chapter 13.5, chapter 13.4 dogs, 4.6.10 snow removal ordinance and supplemental appropriation ordinance 443.20. All readings were passed by the city council.
Council member Gary Buer had concerns about Park Avenue as people have been complaining about getting flat tires, and that nails are being picked up along that road. Council member Joe Schnell stated that maybe the city workers should take the street sweeper down that road and see if that helps with the situation. Also, several members of the council stated that trucks are still using Park Avenue.
Brian Verhey asked if the curbs on main street could have the snow cleared away a little farther, so when the snow is melting, it is able to drain off the sidewalk.
The next city council meeting has been moved to Mon., Jan. 11, 2021.