Sale Barn To Be Demolished
The Britton City Council approved a plat of the former Britton Livestock Auction property and also approved a quote for demolition of the sale barn building at its regular meeting on Monday.
Jared Holland of IntelliFarms attended the meeting, urging the council to act as quickly as possible so that IntelliFarms could proceed with plans to construct a new building on three lots of the platted land.
Holland had approached the city last year about purchasing the land for economic development with the idea that he would purchase part of it for his expansion plans. A total of five lots located on the south edge of the city will be for sale with another providing a street for easier access.
Four quotes were received for demolition of the sale barn building. They included Lien Transportation Company,
$38,950; Tank Excavating, $35,714; Gerry Person, $25,000; and Carlson Crushing & Excavating, $16,320. The low quote from Carlson Crushing & Excavating was accepted.
In other action several residents who are experiencing frozen water lines met with the council during the public comment portion of the meeting. Questions included which part of the lines the city is responsible for vs. property owner responsibilities. The city was also asked if it would consider giving a break on the monthly water bill for those without water service. Because the issue was not on the regular agenda no action could be taken, but the board will re-visit the issue at its next meeting.
Kelsi Heer and Casey Armour of the Britton Youth Baseball/Softball Program met with the board to ask about the possibility of installing a retractable indoor batting cage in the Event Center. The board gave its blessing as long as the equipment could be easily moved/stored to allow other activities in the facility.
The board met in executive session for 23 minutes to consider 2019 wages. Upon resuming regular session the council approved a three percent wage increase for city employees.
First reading of an ordinance governing special alcoholic beverage license allocation was approved that limited licensed businesses to 24 times per year. A special license for Northern Lights Inn was also approved for a concert on March 30.
Event Center Coordinator Laken Thayer told the board that basketball hoops would be installed in the building this week. The Kidder Alumni Association donated $13,000 for the baskets, and a quote of $1,350 from CDJ Electric, Plumbing & Heating was approved to install wiring. Davidson Plumbing, Heating & Electric had also submitted a quote of $1,731.99.
Other agenda items included approval of policy changes requested by the city’s insurance company; approval of an additional $900 for new playground equipment for the city parks (total of $20,284); rates for dumping septic waste at the city lagoons was changed to $1,000 annually or $50 per time, plus an additional $50 if snow removal is required for access; and a railroad lease agreement of $200 for five years was approved for access between properties at the sale barn development project.
The council also discussed its plans to add some walk-in storage on the second level of the Event Center for city records; it wrote off a $56 water bill for a deceased resident; approved travel for Finance Officer Marie Marlow to attend code enforcement training May 15-16; discussed the District 1 Municipal League meeting set for the Event Center on Tuesday; approved submitting the city’s annual report to the state; and approved paying $20 per hour for snow removal help.
City Maintenance Forman Justin Phillips informed the board that he had three applicants for one open position on the city crew. Interviews will be conducted soon. He also talked to the board about the purchase of a new truck, but that issue was tabled pending a review of city equipment needs for the next several years.
Next meeting of the board will be Monday, April 8.