Two Mora residents addressed the City Council at its Tuesday, Nov. 16 meeting, looking for input on decisions made by the city.

Randy Koch spoke first, regarding the North Grove Street Reconstruction Project. At its September meeting the Council ordered St. Paul-based Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc. to prepare a feasibility report for the renovation of Grove Street. Koch registered his concerns about the project cost, stating that he is on a fixed income and much of the damage was caused by heavy equipment trucks driving through the area.

Mayor Alan Skramstad explained that the city’s repair needs are made part of a five-year plan and that repair decisions are preceded by a study. City Administrator Lindy Crawford added that such a repair will be preceded by a public hearing, giving residents opportunities to seek information about such matters. 

Speaking next was Kent Lilyerd, regarding a bill he received from the Mora Fire Department. On a hot summer day an LP gas tank on his property began to emit steam. Someone in the area called 911; the fire department responded, cooled down the tank and later billed Lilyerd for $500. Lilyerd questioned whether he should be liable for the amount. 

Crawford replied that the fire department is required to respond to such emergency calls. City accountant Sara King added that such fees are to be paid by the property owner. 

The next city council meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 21, at City Hall.


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