The Jenkins City Council was forced to seek a snowplow driver when Roger Olmscheid of the public works department took a job with the state of Minnesota.
Because of snowstorms that occurred while the city was without a snowplow driver, former council member Erik Haff had done the necessary plowing. At the regular Dec. 9 council meeting, Haff offered to perform all winter maintenance for the city at a rate of $16.50 an hour.
Mark Jurchen of Lakeland Agency said the city would need to have the proper insurance in place if it was to contract the plowing employee but use city equipment. Mayor Jon Lubke said there wasn’t enough time for the city to obtain a contract price for plowing this season.
Jurchen said that having the plow driver employed through the city would be the safest way to handle the issue. Clerk Krista Okerman recommended against giving Haff the authority to call non-employees to help plow.
Council member Gary Hart said an ordinance states the city would use city employees and equipment or private contracting services.
In the end, the council agreed to hire Haff to perform all winter maintenance at $16.50 per hour through April.
In other business Dec. 9, the council:
• Agreed to allow a monthly community coffee event at city hall at the request of resident Donna Stricker. Lubke said the council generally allows non-profit and local community groups to use the hall.
• Accepted a bid from Mike Degen for $5,150 for the purchase of the city’s Ford F350 with the condition that a city representative accompany Degen to a motor vehicle office to ensure the title transfer. Degen’s bid was the highest of seven bids.
• Accepted a master park plan proposal from Winter Associates in the amount of $4,800.
• Scheduled a workshop to discuss the city budget, followed by a special meeting immediately after on Dec. 16.