Commissioners hear from Senior Center


HURON — Huron City Commissioners heard a semi-annual update from Jim Hofer, the director of the Huron Senior Center during their weekly commission meeting Monday evening.
Hofer reported that the Senior Center meals-on-wheels program is very successful, seeing more than 125 people receive meals on a usual basis.
Meals in the Senior Center have not had the attendance that Hofer would like to see, which may prompt a price raise, which would be the first the center has instituted in more than six years. He also reported that the apartments in the facility are doing well, with three vacancies at the moment.
Commissioners heard from City Engineer Brett Runge on a trio of items that are at various stages of the bid process. The first is water treatment chemicals, where all bids are in and commissioners accepted bids for three items from two different companies based on their prices for a total cost just under $28,000.
The city’s $14.9 million Wastewater Treatment Improvements Project is set to begin Phase I, and the commissioners approved advertising for competitive sealed proposals for SBR Manufacturer Selection.
Finally, the next piece of the ongoing water main replacement project to replace old cast-iron water main will open bids on March 2. The focus this year will be north of Highway 14.
In other items, commissioners:
• Approved the appointment of Doug Pietz to the Business Improvement District Board
• Accepted the retirement resignation of Pat Schmidt, Human Resources Coordinator, effective May 19 after more than 12 years with the city
• Approved the hiring of Daniel Vetsch for the Golf Maintenance Supervisor position
• Approved the hiring of Cielo Salazar for the part-time, year-round Library Clerk position
• Approved the hiring of Kristopher Harp for Solid Waste Maintenance I position
• Approved Annex A to the Huron Alcohol and Drug Free Workplace Policy
• Authorized the Mayor to sign the renewal application to operate a Municipal Solid Waste Transfer Station and Restricted Use Storage Disposal Facility
• Authorized Chief of Police to apply for a Homeland Security Grant to purchase digital radios
• Authorized Fire Chief to apply for a Homeland Security Grant to purchase HazMat gear and radio upgrades.
• All city offices will be closed and City Commission will not meet Monday, Feb. 17, in observance of President’s Day. The Solid Waste Department will pick up those on Monday routes on Wednesday and will be closed on Monday.
Huron city commissioners meet next on Feb. 24 at City Hall at 5:30 p.m.

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