Mayer council authorizes creamery site study

By Lorrie Ham

At its June 24 meeting, the Mayer City Council approved a bid of $1,650 to Clark Engineering of Minneapolis, for a structural condition study of the former creamery site at the corner of 5th Street and Bluejay Avenue.
The city acquired the creamery property in March 2010 as a result of tax forfeiture. The city’s Economic Development Authority (EDA) has been discussing the future of the creamery and the possibilities for its use. Before the group goes any further, the EDA wants to have a structural engineer do a review of the building to assist in the planning for the use of the building.
Clark Engineering provided the lower of two bids received, City Administrator Luayn Murphy reported. Services will include a site visit to observe the building and document locations of structural distress, if any; observation and photos of the existing conditions of the flat roof, and an engineering report with recommendations.
In another matter, the council passed an amendment to the city’s personnel policy, which gives the council authority to remove a commissioner from his or her appointment if more than 25 percent of the annual meetings are missed and unexcused. The personnel committee will review the attendance records of members appointed to city commissions, boards and committees. The committee may recommend action to the city council, including a recommendation of removal, if deemed necessary.
In asking the personnel committee to draft an ordinance, the council felt that city business was not always being conducted efficiently due to lack of a quorum at times or having members not always being completely informed on issues after missing too many meetings.
In other business, the council:
• approved the EDA’s request to spend $500 promoting a Tuesday night Cruising Event from May 1 – Oct. 1 from 5 to 8 p.m. and also authorized closing Second Street for the weekly event. Anyone is invited to show their car or motorcycle and spectators are welcome, too. The family friendly event will feature street vendors, as well as specials at local bars and restaurants.
• authorized spending $1,446.19 for 10 playground mats to be placed under the swings at Old Schoolhouse Park, Discovery Park and Meadow Park. Discount Playground submitted the lowest of three bids.
• authorized the purchase of five signs to be placed on the fences at Old Schoolhouse Park, that prohibit “climbing, throwing or batting practice on the fence.” The Park Board had recommended approval of the sign purchase in the amount of $200 plus tax and shipping.