By Jon Tatting
Rush City councilors on Aug. 13 welcomed four new members of the fire department and their families during a special badge ceremony led by Fire Chief Bob Carlson.
Firefighters Mark Jones, Chris Bauer, Ernie Loerzel and Brad Carlson went through the required hours of training and have been serving the department since last January.
The Rush City fire team now totals 30 members.
The ‘punch list’
Though last week’s ribbon cutting ceremony recognized the completion of the 4th Street project, councilors acknowledged a “punch list” of jobs that have yet to be completed or corrected prior to acceptance of the project.
Items include grading on Co. Rd. 30 shoulders; shaping some driveways; watermain, sanitary sewer and storm sewer work (install open grate and adjust manhole at 5th and Field); concrete at Dana sidewalk and minor concrete repairs; electrical work; landscaping; sealing cracks in bridge deck; striping,
repairing four to five crosswalk blocks, along with installing turn arrows and crosswalks; completing permanent signs; and adding markers near the culverts on Fairfield.
Liquor and beer ordinance
The council conducted a public hearing to accept feedback on proposed amendments to the city’s liquor and beer licensing ordinance. With no one from the public attending, the council agreed to keep the public hearing open when discussion on updating the ordinance resumes at the Aug. 27 council meeting.
Discussion points included enforcement/security at community and social events as well as topics relating to possession, sale and consumption of intoxicating and 3.2 percent malt liquor within the city.
Eight establishments/groups currently have beer/liquor licenses in the city.
“It’s a pretty comprehensive ordinance,” said city attorney Peter Grundhoefer.
In other news, the council:
• Agreed by consensus to deny a $28,240 quote for the lighting project at the Dana Avenue parking lot. The quote was proposed by LPD Electric, Inc., out of Lakeland, Minn. Next, the city will check with East Central Energy about a less costly lighting project on the east side of the parking lot.
• Acknowledged the following announcements: 10th Annual Rush City Music and Arts Festival, Aug. 17-18, city park; Rush City Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament, Sept. 21, Bulrush Golf Club; and the Rush City Lions/Fire Department Gun Raffle and Spaghetti Dinner, Sept. 22, Chucker’s Bowl and Lounge. Tickets can still be purchased and are available at city hall or from Lions and fire department members.