City awards mosquito contractPublished 9:15am Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Albert Lea will be sprayed for mosquitoes again this summer and the next. The Albert Lea City Council on Monday approved a two-year contract for the service.
The contract, with Mosquito Control of Iowa, was for $26,550 a year. The quote was based on 10 treatments per year, using a combination of ground and aerial applications.
The city received a second quote for the service, from Clarke Environmental Mosquito Management Inc., for $27,990, but that estimate did not include the capability for aerial application.
The city has contracted with Rolfe-based Mosquito Control of Iowa in previous years.
In other action, the City Council:
• Approved a joint powers agreement between the city and Albert Lea Township for the overlay and resurfacing of West Ninth Street from U.S. Highway 69 to South Broadway. The agreement covers the terms and conditions of the joint effort, as well as costs.
• Recognized Todd Demming, a new officer with the Albert Lea Police Department, and Chris Harveaux and Jordan DeDries, who recently became full-time firefighters with the Albert Lea Fire Department. Harveaux and DeVries had been working part-time in the position prior to the council’s decision to reinstate a full-time department.
The council also recognized officers Jay Crabtree and Tim Harves, who were promoted to police sergeants.
• Recognized former 3rd Ward Councilor Ellen Kehr for her time on the council from 2008-12.
• Viewed a presentation from Albert Lea Airport Manager Jim Hanson and Public Works Director Steven Jahnke, who recently were awarded the Project of the Year award for the airport runway project by the Minnesota Council of Airports.
• Authorized an application to the U.S. Department of Justice bulletproof vest program, which would reimburse the city for half of the cost of approved bulletproof vests purchased for the officers. The Police Department is requesting $2,257.
• Accepted a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota grant for the 2013 Open Streets event slated for June 1.
The grant — for $5,600 — will be used for advertising, recreational equipment and staff time.