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City of Monroe: Jan. 31, 2011
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MONROE - In a meeting Monday, the city of Monroe Board of Public Works:

• Elected Neal Hunter as president and Charles Koch as vice-president, due to the Jan. 4 resignation of alderman Keith Ingwell, who was board president.

• Approved bills from SEH for $1,550 for 8th and 9th Street revisions; and from Veolia Environmental Services for $1,100 from December recycling.

• Reviewed quotes and recommended the council hiring Central State Signing, Lancaster, for $6,450 to install and remove temporary signs for the 8th/9th Street project detour. The city will install permanent stop signs, truck-route designation and "no parking" signs purchased from another vendor.

• Reviewed a quote for environmental consultant services for the 8th/9th Street project. Three quotes were sought, but two companies did not submit. The board postponed a decision to await more quotes.

• Heard an update from George Thompson, supervisor of the wastewater treatment utility, on the selection of an engineering firm for a facilities plan. Eleven proposals were received; four have been chosen as finalists. The finalists are being scored on technical proposals and on prices that range from $25,000 to $97,000.

• Reviewed quotes and recommended the council rehire Whitney Tree Service for forestry work for 2011. Whitney Tree Service is the only company to return a proposal. Paul Klinzing, park supervisor, said Whitney's prices show about a 5.5 percent increase over a 4-year period.

• Authorized Klinzing to seek quotes to replace a 2000 John Deere tractor with a 60-inch mowing deck, a 42-inch snowblower; and a cab. The tractor is budgeted.

• Authorized Klinzing to seek quotes to replace a 1996 F-350 dump truck. The truck is a budgeted item.

MONROE - In a meeting Monday, the City of Monroe Public Safety Committee:

• Recommended the council approve a special-event permit for Green County YMCA's Celtic Run Before You Crawl 5K run on March 12; and for Monroe Main Street St. Patrick's Day Parade March 17.

• Toured the Police Department to see remodeled areas.

MONROE - In a joint meeting Monday, the City of Monroe Public Property Committee and the Public Safety Committee:

• Reviewed a new contract proposed by Green County Humane Society and made changes. The committee members agreed to stay within the city budget of $15,000 and to provide the current building in exchange for animal control services provided by the society.

- Tere Dunlap