Council tours new city facility

BLUE EARTH — Blue Earth City Council members toured the new Public Works garage Tuesday.

Jamison Holland, Public Works director, led the tour and explained some of the benefits of the new building.

Thanks to wide overhead doors, workers are now able to get plows into the building without removing the wings. Holland said this makes it safer for the workers since they do not have to fix their machines outside in inclement weather, and it reduces the time needed to make repairs.

He also pointed out the ability to bring the equipment inside to melt all of the snow and ice before moving equipment to a wash bay. Washing the road salt off the equipment increases its longevity, Holland noted.

In other business, the council heard from Roger Davis and Jeff Eckles of the Blue Earth Fire Department. They gave a demonstration of new MSA Air Packs, which were recently purchased. The packs are less bulky and easier to use than the old packs. Each new pack has a price tag of $7,300.

In another matter, Cindy Lyon, Chamber of Commerce director, noted that Giant Days will be held July 12-13. The Green Giant statue in Blue Earth turns 40 years old this year so a number of special events are planned.