The March meeting of the Orchard City Board of Trustees was held on March 14. All board members were present with approximately 25 constituents attending.
During constituent time, Tim Hintz thanked the board for its work in the last year, stating that it was an interesting year. He also agreed that he was "pro and con" on the current ballot issues, eliciting chuckles from those attending.
Resolutions 2018-03, Purchasing Policy and 2018-04, Credit Card Policy, were both approved.
Trustee Bob Eckels summarized the earlier water committee meeting information. Water commissioner James Holiman reported to the committee that reservoirs were at 30 percent of normal, with Park Reservoir at 9.1 inches. There is also a potential conflict over the piping of the Lake Fork Pipeline ditch. It is recommended the board take a neutral position on the issue.
Trustee Gary Tollefson stated that rails on several bridges in the town need to be updated by 2021. There was a discussion on adding two more bridges that were not on the inventory.
Trustee Tom Huerkamp spoke on the DCED meeting and that a new assistant director has been hired.
Town administrator Melissa Oelke reported that the HAZMAT obligation has been met.
Mayor Ken Volgamore wanted to recognize the Hungry Lion for its donation of historical pictures currently on display at the town hall.
Under trustee comments, trustees Huerkamp, Thomassen, and Fuller all encouraged the citizens of Orchard City to vote. Trustee Fuller also mentioned that the soccer program has started. He appreciates the efforts of the Town Park for working with the soccer program.
Trustee Dick Kirkpatrick responded to a letter to the editor published in the Delta County Independent, explaining the fiduciary responsibilities of the board and the decisions behind the water rate changes. The rates remain the second lowest in the county, and the rate for those using 0 to 60K gallons were actually reduced.