Blue Earth talks roof maintenance

BLUE EARTH — The city of Blue Earth owns quite a few buildings in the city, and that translates to a lot of roofs that need maintenance.

At a work session before their regular meeting on Monday, May 3, the City Council received a detailed update on the condition of at least a dozen city-owned roofs.

“The roof inspections were done by Kato Roofing of Mankato,” city administrator Mary Kennedy told the council. “They rated all the roofs from A to F, with A meaning the roof will last 12 to 15 years, with other grades being fewer years remaining before replacement.”

Plus there was an in depth listing of what repairs should be done to each roof.

For instance, the fitness center roof received a grade of B, but needs approximately $9,000 in maintenance and repairs. Kennedy reported the fitness center board of directors had already authorized those repairs be made.

The Blue Earth Wine and Spirits municipal liquor store had a grade of A, but still has $1,300 in repairs listed as needed to be done. The Blue Earth Community Library had a grade of C and needs $7,125 in repairs.

City Hall has several roofs involved in its structure, with grades from B to F, and $12,540 in repairs needed.

The council discussed taking care of some of the required maintenance and repair items, as well as budgeting in the future for additional maintenance costs or possible future replacement expense.

In other business at the regular meeting, the council:

— Approved pay requests for work done on two duplexes being constructed by APX Construction of Mankato, one on Fourth Street and one in the new housing development.

— Approved a new fee schedule for renting facilities at city parks including picnic shelters and ball fields. All were listed as $50 per day, plus some extra costs for garbage removal, etc.

— Approved the hiring of a part time employee at the liquor store, Leslie Lewis, as well as authorizing Public Works supervisor Jamie Holland to advertise for a summer intern position at the wastewater treatment plant.

— Voted to allow the city to be the fiscal agent for a grant that would be used to fund having a mural painted on the east wall of the American Legion Hall building.

— Went into closed session to review an employee issue at the Blue Earth Wine and Spirits store. When the council came back into open session they took two votes. The first, to table the matter to the next meeting, failed to pass. The second motion, to terminate the employment of an employee at the store, passed.


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