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Posted: Thursday, September 5, 2013 11:54 am

A coin flip decided the successful bidder to remove concrete debris from the Albion City Dump.

Mayor Steve McMahel flipped the coin that decided Butch Morris will remove the rubble, which is choking the dump, at the Albion City Council’s meeting Tuesday.

Morris submitted a $2,000 bid for the project, as did Larry Bunting last month. At that time, City Superintendent Ron Cullison was directed to see if both were properly insured and bonded. Tuesday, Cullison said both were up to snuff on city requirements, leading to the coin flip.

At Culison’s suggestion, the bid was upped to $2,200 due to an influx of concrete in the past month.

“There’s a lot more there,” he said. Cullison also suggested the city ban the dumping of old concrete at the dump.

At the motion of Alderwoman Karen Shupe, the council agreed to post a legal notice banning the practice and post signage reflecting the change.

In other business, the council tabled action on switching electric vendors. Ron Wielt of Affordable Gas and Electric (AGE), the same firm that is working with the city on electric aggregation. As proposed, the change would save the city some $11,700 annually. Additional savings could come as city contracts with its current carrier expire.

Russ Bunting, representing Albion Moose Family Center 621, asked for clarification on a requirement the club list all members with city hall, part of the liquor license application.

“I can’t understand the reason why you need the names of all the members,” he said. “We have officers who are bonded and responsible.” City Attorney Les Smith said the requirement is in the state statute and added the Moose should have its legal counsel review the matter.

Lamac Engineering was hired to conduct engineering studies on South Eighth Street in preparation for waterline replacement. Cullison said the existing line, laid about 1927, is deteriorating rapidly. Two recent repairs cost about $4,500 each, he said. Also, the line is undersized. The project, estimated to be about $1,300 feet is tricky because there are two storm and one sanitary sewer close to the water line.

McMahel said the city is still obligated to spend $100,000 on water improvements, a mandate from recent loans for other water projects, namely line replacement and the new water tower.  Also, Cullison noted nine hydrants need to be replaced. That, and valves to ensure the new hydrants work properly, would cost about $23,000.

The council also reviewed several pieces of city equipment, prepartory to replacing the most worn. Also, Police Chief Mike Judge asked the council to consider purchasing a new squad car. He noted all in the fleet have well over 100,000 miles and were purchased used.

The council will draft a replacement list and seek bids.

Treasurer Dennis Turpin informed the council of changes in accounting that will keep specific funds geared for replacement equipment in the future. In his report to the board, Turpin said the annual audit will begin next week. He also asked the council to consider direct deposit for payroll and accounts payable.

The council was also asked to consider a point of sale system for City Hall. The cost to upgrade would be about $7,890.

The council adjourned at 9:35 p.m.

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