Whitehall council discusses repairs
The Whitehall city council discussed repairs to the city loader as well as the roof of the fire station at its regular meeting last week.
Clerk Karen Witte informed the council members that the city’s loader is broken, with repairs possibly costing $30,000. The bucket apparently got caught on a block of ice and bent the bucket and the supports. It was taken to Eau Claire for closer examination in hopes of repairs.
Council members also discussed possible work-arounds while the loader is out of commission, such as having the county load salt and sand into city vehicles.
The change order for the fire station roof remains on hold, awaiting a dollar amount. A change order was received by the city in late December, but no dollar amount was included. If a proposed amount is not received by the February meeting, the city might choose to re-bid the project entirely.
City council members approved a submission for an economic development “vibrant spaces” grant. The Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce would be responsible for raising a minimum of $25,000 in local pledges, which would then be matched by the grant. The money would be used for renovations around the grandstand, such as landscaping and walkways. No city funds would be involved.
The city council also approved updating the sewer-only fee to coincide with the January increase of the water/sewer fee. Most city residents pay water and sewer, with sewer fees a set percentage of the water rate, but there are a few who have their own well and only pay sewer. The change brings the sewer fee for those residents in line with the current rates.
As of the meeting, there were four applicants for a public works employee position; interviews were tentatively scheduled for Jan. 25.