Welcome street work continues
WELCOME — Bolton & Menk engineer Travis Winter this week reported on the street project in Welcome.
He told the City Council the utility work is almost finished and grading continues. By the beginning of September, crews will check to make sure the moisture level is down and the road is firm and then will continue with asphalt. The council approved his request to extend the completion date to Oct. 25.
In other business, the council:
o Approved a raze and remove order. The question of when the café will be razed came up. The council will contact Rosburg for a completion date.
o Learned the city of Sherburn approved buying a computer for the Welcome office of the Welcome/Sherburn Police Department. They asked that Welcome help with the expense. The council approved $5,809, which is 39 percent of the price. This will help the police document all the incidents happening in Welcome at the office in Welcome instead of traveling to Sherburn to enter the data there.
o Learned the REA will donate a pole and a light so there will be a light by the basketball court.
o A council member from Ceylon asked if the Welcome water/wastewater employee would be interested in being a shared employee with Ceylon. The council discussed the matter and decided there is too much work in Welcome to share the employee with another town.
o Learned the next meeting of the City Council will be 6 p.m. Sept. 3 at City Hall.
Round Up applications due soon
JACKSON — The next Operation Round Up deadline is Sept. 27, for funds from Federated Rural Electric’s Trust Board.
Operation Round Up involves about 80 percent of Federated’s members in Jackson and Martin counties. They allow their monthly electric bills to be rounded up to the nearest dollar amount. An independent Trust Board evaluates local funding requests and distributes the money.
The application form can be downloaded from Federated’s website: www.federatedrea.coop. Or call Federated at (507) 847-3520, (507) 728-8366 or (800) 321-3520. Ask for Andrea to request an application or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Organizations that serve Federated members in Jackson or Martin counties can request funds for projects involving: community service, community leadership programs, disaster relief, environmental programs, youth education or emergency energy assistance. Federated is a Touchstone Energy Cooperative serving 6,800 members in Jackson and Martin counties.