Hobson-Utica News

Irene Welch

The Hobson City Council met on Wednesday, Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. at City Hall. Mayor Loren Drivdahl  presided. Council members present were Mike Woods, Ron Peevey, Paulette Matlosz, Bill Spratt and Larry Denton. Also present were James Haynie and Mark Howard. After the Pledge of Allegiance was recited, the minutes of the last meeting were read and approved. The financial report was also discussed and approved. 

Haynie was at the meeting to submit a request to build a shop on his property. After everyone looked over his plans, the request was approved. There was a discussion about subcontractors working for the city. Paulette will check with an attorney to get clarification about insurance, workman’s comp, licenses, waivers, pay and certification of these employees. A car crusher from Minnesota has been through town and removed a number of useless cars and other vehicles. The pool closes on Sunday, Aug. 29. A new sand filter will be installed after that. 

A proposal has been received to construct a gazebo at the Philbrook cemetery. It will have a map of burial sites. The proposal will be $8,450, and contains plans to build the unit of all vinyl. It will be 14 ft. x 14 ft. and will be on a cement pad. 

There was discussion of the safety and health hazards of the grain elevators. Loren will contact Burlington Northern about this, since the elevators are on railroad land. 

Other items discussed were from the town meeting at the school, including streets, sewer and a tree in the street right away. The tree issue was tabled until the next meeting, but it was decided it needed attention. 

Mark gave an update about the lagoon. Sludge level is down two more feet. 

Everyone needs to start thinking about plans for Hobson’s centennial for 4th of July next year. The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m.





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