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“THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA” will be presented by the OHS Theater Department this Friday and Saturday, April 17-18 at the Ortonville High School Auditorium. Approximately 75 students in grades 7-12 will be a part of the performances. Pictured above are the cast and stage crew that will put on the production. Performances will be Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for students and $10 for a multiple performance ticket. The Phantom of the opera is directed by Lisa Berdan and assisted by Laurie Maas.

Council sets Public Hearing for vacation of Mark Avenue

A public hearing was set for the purpose of vacating a portion of Mark Avenue, Lundell Stegner Addition to the City of Ortonville at the Ortonville City Council’s regular meeting on Monday, April 6.

The public hearing will be held on Thursday, April 23 at 3:30 p.m. in the City Office meeting room. The City of Ortonville owns the property adjoining Mark Avenue in Lundell Stegner Addition Lot 10, and the Ortonville EDA owns lots 11, 12, 13 of Block 3 and Lots 1 and 2 all of Block 4.

City Clerk Administrator Char Grossman stated that she received a Conditional Use Permit Application from Ortonville Area Health Services for the proposed Senior Housing Project. A public hearing for the permit has been set for Thursday, April 23 at 4 p.m. in the City Office Meeting room.

A discussion was held regarding the need to purchase Lot 17, Block 3, Lundell-Stegner Addition to accomodate the building of a road in conjunction with the OAHS Senior Housing Project. They considered an option to purchase Lot 17 from Dan and Joann Bauer in the amount of $500. If the City exercises the option in full, an additional $29,500 would be due to the Bauers by Aug. 15. The council approved purchasing the Lot for $500 on a 4-1 vote with council member Mel Reinke voting no, council member Mike Dorry abstaining and council member Gene Hausauer absent.

Council members passed a resolution prohibiting the Big Stone County Economic Development Authority from operating within the City of Ortonville boundaries. According to City Attorney Dave McLaughlin, residents could be subjected to taxation and he recommended that the City work with the Big Stone County EDA on an as needed basis by entering into a Joint Powers Agreement for economic development purposes. The council approved that request unanimously.

Mary Reedy of Clifton, Larson, Allen gave a presentation of the findings of the 2014 City Financial Audit. She stated it is recommended that the City keep six months of reserves on hand to pay expenses and in 2014 the City met that level of funding. Reedy reported that oveall the City is financially stable.

The council accepted the resignation of Candice Schultz as Swimming Pool Director. Council members then approved opening the Swimming Pool Director position internally first and advertise if a suitable candidate is not available from within.

The council approved entering into an agreement for general electrical engineering services with Utleig Engineers, Inc. are revised by the City Attorney.

In other business, the council approved the hiring of Jim Scheff to scrape and paint the fascia on the Ortonville Library building at a total cost of $800.

The council accepted the resignation of Eric Burman as part-time Police Officer as of April 1.

The next meeting of the Ortonville City Council will be held on Monday, April 20 at 5 p.m. in the Library Media Center.

Board discusses garbage left near Ortonville recycling site

Paul Kalibabky of Waste Management came before the board at their regular meeting on Tuesday, April 7 to discuss garbage being left at the Ortonville Recycling site.

Kalibabky showed pictures of garbage that had been left near the recycling area, and that there will be fines to those found leaving garbage. They plan to put cameras on the site and to monitor for any additional problems. Not only has garbage been left on the grounds, but also in the recycling dumpsters.

The board approved the hiring of Franky Koval as Sign Tech/Maintenance Worker. The board decided to table filling Koval’s current position with the County for one month to explore other possibilities.

Darren Wilke, Big Stone County Environmental Officer, came before the board for authorization for Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) billboards in the county. Wilke said they are looking at having one billboard near Big Stone Lake and another near Toqua Lake in Graceville. Total cost of the two billboards is $5,000. The theme of the billboards is “Wildlife Forever, 2015”.

The board also approved having the Water Plan Committee to serve as the AIS Committee. They would have the authority to spend AIS funds in the future, per requirements.

Big Stone County Veterans Service Officer Dan Meyer presented his monthly report to the board. Meyer stated that they had 173 walk-ins and home appoinments and 134 telephone contacts for a total of 307 veteran contacts for March.

Meyer informed the council that he was recently elected as District 7 President for the Minnesota County Veterans Service Officers. He will serve a two-year term.

In other business, the board approved a Consumption and Display Permit and Beer License for the Graceville Golf Club.

The board approved the Rinke Noonan Retainer Agreement in the anount of $200 per month. This covers phone calls from County Commissioners and County staff regarding drainage issues under Minnesota Statutes. It also covers short opinion letters.

The next meeting at the Big Stone County Board will be on Tuesday, April 21 at 8:30 a.m. in the lower level meeting room of the courthouse.

Seth Parker