Public has questions for Ceylon

CEYLON — Ceylon City Council this week received an assortment of comments from the public.

The council was asked to check on storm drains and connections to the sewer system. The council will look into the matter.

The status of water shutoff valves also will be studied.

Another question involved the tile under the former football field being plugged or broken, and whether it is a county tile or the city’s responsibility. The council believes it is a county tile. Council members suggested a camera be inserted to find the problem. The council will ask city staff to contact the appropriate resources and report back.

One citizen questioned the request of the council to ask a city employee to drive to the Twin Cities the day of training to avoid hotel expenses.

A citizen requested permission to have a storage pod on her property while her house is being fixed. The council referred her to the building inspector, Ron Leiding, to get the needed diagrams, dimensions and permit. The council favors a permanent garage-type structure as opposed to a temporary pod that likely would be on site for more than six months.

The citizen asked about a dumpster and the council explained that the garbage contractor would determine how long that would be on the property. Council members also noted that May 18 is designated as cleanup day.

In other business, the council:

o Learned that the Federal Emergency Management Agency and state of Minnesota approved a disaster payment of $10,534 to Ceylon related to the Sept. 20 tornado. The city estimates it paid $15,000 in damages and expenses.

o Learned that the sale of library books from the defunct Ceylon Library is going well. Books are 25 cents each and 242 have been sold. The books are available at City Hall.

o Learned that Sentence to Serve crews will help clean up houses that will be demolished when the snow has melts.

o Learned that a recent cemetery meeting was not well-attended. It was suggested the city raise its contribution from $3,500 to $5,000 to help with mowing and repairs at the cemetery. The council approved the request.

o Heard a report suggesting repairs at the building with the murals painted on it. The council agreed to the repairs, and suggested the May 18 citywide cleanup day would be good for getting rid of junk inside the building, which houses garbage cans for recycling, etc.

o Heard a report from Councilman John Gibeau, who was asked about continuing the fitness center since no memberships were forthcoming. He said there were about four of the better fitness machines still in the center. The Eye Play is installed. There have been some groups inquiring about using the exercise/game and an open house is planned.