Stieneke warned that the city needs to spend money for safety programs or risk higher insurance rates as well as accidents.
Stieneke said that some department heads have the opinion that the city does not to change anything about the way safety matters are handled but there is outdated equipment and nonexistent training for some risky procedures.
Stieneke noted that there are some training films available free or at low cost but in some cases, training needs to be done by paid professionals. He referred in particular to excavation work where employees are working in a pit.
He noted that there was an accident a couple of years back involving this situation in which one city employee was hospitalized overnight.
There was a recent fire marshal inspection in which two fire extinguishers were not in compliance.
Stieneke said that 8 or 9 years ago, when Gilbert Bremicker was city administrator, all city employees were CPR certified. This is no longer the case.
The council approved a motion that the fire department inspect all city fire extinguishers annually to supplement the more frequent inspections by employees of the respective departments.
More proposals regarding safety will be brought before the council at subsequent meetings. Other safety committee members include John Langschwager and Steve Essick.
The council approved the lowest of three bids for storm sewer work at the Ament Addition. The low bid of $234,874 was from Schoon Construction of Cherokee.
The council approved a bid of $6663.72 from Hydro Metering Technology of Burnsville, Minn., for replacing meters at two water wells. To compare that bid with one from another company, labor and parts would need to be added to make the meters fit the particular pumps.
The council approved a bid of $13,267.50 from Lundell Const. for work at the wastewater treatment plant lagoon. This did not appear to be the low bid but another bid showed that the work did not include all that the city had specified. A third bid had a disclaimer that the bid was an estimate and actual cost would be based on material needed.
The council approved a price estimate of $4,650 from Tom Jenness for draining four feet of water from property along Park Street. This amount of drainage will lower the water level below storm sewer drains that have silted up.
Pat Buck-Hanks appeared before the council to inform council members that the petition to call for a referendum on allowing a casino in Cherokee County is proceeding well and a vote on the matter can be anticipated in the future.