City of Jackson in good financial shape

Wed 5-8-2019

The auditing firm of Abdo, Eick and Meyers presented the City’s 2018 Audit Report to the Jackson City Council Tuesday night.  The audit report showed the City in good financial shape for 2018.  In other action, the Council approved Water Storage Tank Pay Application No. 6 in the amount of $377,625 for the water storage tank project that’s underway at the Water Plant.  They also approved a change order to relocate an existing electrical panel in the pump room at the Water Plant in the amount of $5,449.  Even with the change order, the project is still within budget.

The Council approved the new Airport Maintenance and Operations Agreement for the 2020-2021 fiscal year with the State of Minnesota.  Under the agreement, the City will continue to be reimbursed for 75 percent of qualified operations and maintenance expenditures.  The amount of reimbursement for these types of airport expenditures has been $20,000 to $30,000 in recent years.

The Council approved the hiring of Karin Eggink and Phillip Hoffman as part-time liquor store clerks at the Jackson Municipal Liquor Store.  They approved the hiring of Carey Simmons as EMS Coordinator at $15.00 per hour.  Approval was also given to hire Isaac Dunlavey, Aaron Kaderabek, Bailey Boyer and Ana Dunlavey as seasonal Parks Department staff.   

The Council accepted the resignation of Cody Stene from the Ambulance Service effective on April 30th and also accepted the resignation of Curtis Kazemba from the Jackson Ambulance Service effective on May 6th.

Three bids each were received for the sale of two surplus pickups from the Street Department.  The Council approved the high bids of $1,200 from Curtis Sommerland for a  1999 Ford and a bid of $2,005 from Mark Raboin for a 1997 Chevy.

The Council approved a burning permit for Dave Lappe to burn small brush along the river on his property at 1364 Springfield Parkway.  Lappe will coordinate with the Fire Department and Sheriff’s Department before he does the burn.

City Administrator Matt Skaret gave the Council an recap of the Street Committee meeting that was held prior to the Council meeting.  Skaret said the City’s engineer Greg Mitchell of Bolton and Menk is going to group several streets together as projects for the Committee to review before deciding on which streets to reconstruct for a possible project in 2020.  The Street Committee will meet again in the next several weeks.