CRYSTAL FALLS— At its Nov. 11 meeting, the City Council listened to a short presentation on two upcoming timber sales from Brock VanOss. They are being referred to as the cemetery and the airport timber sales.
The council hopes the same buyer purchases both lots, which are now open for bids. These are two smaller timber sales—if no bids are received, the city will contact logging companies to negotiate sales.
“The hope is that the money from these sales will go back into our parks, the cemetery and the general city fund” said City Manager Dorothea Olson.
Council members decided they would like to look into creating more timber sales in the future. VanOss explained that for future sales, timing is everything.
The City Council also received a presentation from Tom Staley, a representative from Kiwanis Club. He discussed the Yell & Tell program with the council.
The Yell & Tell program equips children with the ability to respond to issues such as fire safety, gun safety, child enticement, poison and water safety. Each aspect of the program is sponsored by a different group in the community.
Staley is searching for a sponsor for the new Bullying program that will be presented to Forest Park students. Approximately 78 children will partake in this program in ages kindergarten through third grade.
Mayor Janet Hendrickson made a motion that the City Council will sponsor the bullying program for approximately $100. The motion was carried.
The council continued discussing renovations to the City Hall building. With the 100th birthday of the building coming up next spring, they prioritized intended renovations.
It was determined that fixing the boiler was a top item, and fixing cosmetic issues that are seen most by the public will be tended to first.
In other business the City Council:
--Passed a motion to write off all unpaid township sewer charges.
--Discussed the SAW grant application that the city will be submitting.
--Voted to replace all of the flags for Superior Avenue.
--Will continue to accept bids for a digital color copier.
--Did not receive any bids for the Malkin semi-trailer.