On July 24, a storm swept through Royalton, knocking down several trees. One of those trees landed across Aspen Street – something resident Mel Sanquist noticed in the morning.
Since trees blocking the road can potentially be dangerous for drivers and can prevent emergency services from reaching someone, Sanquist did what he said any Good Samaritan would do – he approached him.
At Tuesday’s meeting, Sanquist told Royalton City Council he was unsure of how to get in touch with anyone in the town of Royalton on a Saturday. Because of this, he contacted a tree service company and had the tree removed – a company that cost Sanquist $ 2,500.
Sanquist then presented the bill to city council and requested reimbursement of the costs.
As a first step, the Council tabled a decision at the August meeting. At the September meeting, the Board denied Sanquist’s request.
Sanquist approached Council with some photos of the tree at Tuesday’s meeting and asked Council to reconsider its decision.
Council member Ron Verley said there is a process the city must follow. When an incident occurs, such as a fallen tree on a city street, during a time when the city administration is closed, residents are encouraged to call 911. The Dispatch will then contact the appropriate city employee for assistance. solve the problem, he said.
Sanquist said he assumed 911 was only called in an emergency – a number he never had to call.
Verley also said that if a tree fell on a city street, the city’s public works team would remove the tree so that it would no longer be blocking the street. The tree is then left on the side of the street until further action is taken.
One of those actions involves making offers for the company the city will hire to remove the rest of the tree – a process the city is required to follow by state audit regulations. Since Sanquist chose which company to use, and the city left the process aside until the tree was removed, the lumber chopped, and the stump crushed, the city cannot reimburse Sanquist.
The Board maintained its decision to deny Sanquist’s request.
Royalton City Council Memoirs
In other matters on Tuesday, Royalton City Council:
• Approved that Ray’s Body Shop in Little Falls is installing a bed liner in the town’s work truck at a cost of $ 495;
• Extended the date of substantial completion of the Cedar-Driftwood Streets road construction project until June 30, 2022, at the request of JR Ferche. The initial completion date has been set for September 24. Anthony Maule, project engineer at Bolton and Menk, said that while as much work as possible will be done before winter arrives, some building elements, such as the installation of sidewalks, will have to wait until Next year. Maule said the reason the completion date was extended to June 30, 2022 was because it’s unclear when the weight restrictions will be lifted in the spring;
• Schedule a public hearing for Tuesday, November 2 at 7:15 p.m. at City Hall regarding the city’s snow, ice and dirt ordinance;
• Set up a working session on Thursday, October 28 at 7 pm at the town hall;
• Was informed by the public works report prepared by Tina Harrington, that Roto-Rooter had called the town on September 18 to inform the town that they had cleaned up and broadcast the sewer service at 408 Maple Street. On September 23, Nelson Sanitation threw out the main sewer without any problems, but removed a clump of roots. The line was then televised on September 27. At that time, a few roots were discovered at the sewer valve at 408 Maple Street. In addition, many “rinse-out” wipes have been found in the assembly. Since the main sewer had not been discharged since 2009, Harrington recommended that Council pay the bill or part of it that the owner received from Roto-Rooter. Council approved payment of half ($ 160) of the invoice, which totaled $ 320;
• Extension of the city’s contract with Waste Management, which provides waste and recycling services for the city, for two years.
The next regular meeting of Royalton City Council will be on Tuesday, November 2 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.