The city of St. Michael is awaiting a response from the company that manufactured faulty chairs at the city hall/city center.
City attorney Dave Lenhardt reported to the city council that he wrote a letter to Krug, the manufacturer of the chairs in the council chambers and senior center. The letter was postmarked Sept. 17, but Lenhardt said the city has yet to hear back from the company.
Community development director Marc Weigle later said that the chairs were purchased new when the building opened in 2010.
“We started having problems with the chairs in the first three to four months since the building opened,” Weigle said. “The company attempted to make various repairs to all the chairs, which don’t seem to be holding up.”
So since the repairs didn’t fix the problem, Weigle said the city now feels that the chairs should be replaced. “Apparently there was a 10-year warranty,” Weigle said. “Right now the city attorney sent a letter stating we feel the chairs should be replaced or we should be reimbursed under the warranty. We’re waiting to hear back from them.”
The consensus of Mayor Jerry Zachman and councilors Joe Marx, Nadine Schoen and Chris Schumm was for staff to continue trying to reach the sales representative before proceeding further.
In other news, the council opened a public hearing to consider assessing delinquent sewer/water utility accounts and other miscellaneous billings.
The council was provided with a list of the delinquent accounts.
Resident Tiffany Partain asked about the policy for the sewer line repairs. Utility company representative Kelly Daleiden said there is a written policy that explains for water lines the homeowner’s responsibility is from the property to the curbstop; for sewer lines, the homeowner’s responsibility is from the sewer main all the way to the house.
There was a sewer line repair at Partain’s home earlier in the year for roots growing into the line on the property, and the unpaid amount of the repair is proposed to be assessed to the property for 2014. Daleiden said she would send a copy of the policy regarding sewer repairs to Partain.
The council closed the public hearing and approved a resolution adopting the assessment for delinquent accounts, and directing that a certified duplicate be transmitted to the county auditor.
In other action, the council:
HEARD that the Smoke N’ Wright contest fundraiser raised $2,000 for the St. Michael Fire and Rescue Department.
SET council work sessions for Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m.; and Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m.
HEARD that the Department of Natural Resources would be correcting erosion along Regal Creek on five properties, as part of the overall Pelican Lake Restoration Project.
OPTED to hold off approving the county road turnback agreement until the city of Albertville approves it.
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Smoke N’ Wright fundraiser coordinator Richard Brown, left, presents St. Michael Fire Chief Steve Hosch with a check for $2,000. The event that featured entry fees, silent auction items, raffles and craft sale is already being planned for next year.