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Star Prairie Village Board OKs funds to replace community center AC

The Star Prairie Village Board made short work of its agenda last Wednesday night approving a bid to replace the air conditioning units at the community center and electing to send an amendment to its subdivision ordinance to the Plan Committee.

Following a brief discussion, the board approved a bid for $6,680 from Anderson Heating Inc. to replace the two existing air conditioning units on the roof with two new five-ton units to be located on the ground. The vote was three in favor with trustee Chris Boardman abstaining.

Attorney Tim Scott walked board members through the highlights of an amendment designed to safeguard the village’s ability to inspect public improvements made by private developers.

The proposed amendment would also allow the village to use the inspection to leverage funding from the developer if said improvements did not pass inspection or if the developer should default on its financial obligation to pay for such improvements. The amendment to the subdivision ordinance was recommended by Scott in response to new state statutes designed to remove a municipality’s authority to stipulate how private developers pay for improvements and the timetable for such payment. The new amendment would mandate an inspection be completed by the village before signing off on the final plat. The board sent the amendment to the Plan Committee for review prior to scheduling a public hearing later this summer.

Other business

— City Maintenance Operator Brody Larson expressed concern that water flow through the treatment plant is running roughly 40 percent above normal pumping capacity due to the sustained heavy rains this season.

— Larson also reported that construction on the County Road M bridge is expected to start any day and that access to the bridge would be closed starting Thursday, July 10. The bridge is expected to reopen by Sept. 8. Traffic will be routed to County Road K to access Highway 65. Larson is working with Police Chief Steve Lewis to address parking needs for Oxcart Days.

— The board approved an estimate of $3,420 from McDonough’s Waterjetting & Drain Cleaning Inc. to water jet the sanitary sewer lines on the west side of the river.

— The board approved rehiring police officer Joshua Hecht on a part-time basis.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the board will take place starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, at the Community Center.