By Mike Milbrandt editor All good things come to an end, and one such ending took place at Monday evening’s city council meeting. Interim City Manager Rick Almich sat in on his final council meeting, as newly hired Montevideo City Manager Robert Wolfington III will officially begin his duties on July 15. Almich was hired to serve as the city’s interim city manager after former city manager Steve Jones resigned the position in January of this year. Almich’s extensive prior city managerial experience served him well as he worked with the council and city staff to ensure a smooth transition to hire a permanent city manager. A number of items were up for consideration on the consent agenda. The council considered tha approval of verified claims in the total amount of $1,375,126.36 for the period ending June 28, 2019. Some verified claims over $1,500 included: $71, 237.36 for liquor inventory; $64,093.94 to Duininck, Inc., for Estimate #1; $52, 549.02 to Duininck, Inc., for airport Application #2; $10,000 for sponsorship of Thunder Hawks Care: $34,695.80 to Gridor construction, Inc., for aeration blower improvements; and $58,526.44 to Tostenson’s for May services. Also considered was the sale of Montevideo Police Dept. forfeiture vehicles. Five vehicles and a camper are unclaimed, and the forfeiture process has been completed. The items would be put up for sale on MinnBid. The council also considered an Application for City Property Use from CCMH for a 3K & 5K Run on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. They are requesting the use of city streets from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. No streets will need to be closed for the event. The final item up for consideration on the consent agenda was an Authorization for use of City Property from Melinda Hedman on behalf of St. Joseph Church. The church is planning on holding a summer fest on Sunday, July 28. They are requesting that North 6th St. be closed off from Black Oak Ave. to Eureka Ave. The council unanimously approved all items on the consent agenda. In general business, the council considered the final plat for Section 3B of the Levee Project. Approval of the plats is required in order to hire an appraiser to begin the work of appraising and purchasing property. The final plat for the project was unanimously approved. The council next considered an agreement with Prosource to complete appraisal services for the Stage 3B of the Montevideo Flood Control Project. The agreement was unanimously approved. Final construction of the 3B stage is set to begin in 2020. Eight owners, three occupied properties, and 44 parcels of land will be involved in the process. The agreement with Prosource is eligible for state reimbursement, as are the acquisitions. After due consideration, the council approved the agreement with Prosource. Tracy Wellendorf, Community Center Director, spoke to the council about the Montevideo Area Senior Citizens Program Board of Director’s wish to change their logo. The new logo will promote the program as the Montevideo Community Center. The board feels the new logo would better reflect the all-inclusive nature of the community center as a place where all ages are welcome. The council unanimously approved the change in logos, as well as a request to remove the old sign on the Community Center. The council considered a resolution granting Charter Communication a cable franchise extension to January 31, 2020. The resolution was unanimously adopted. Next, the council considered an application for a temporary on-sale liquor license from the Chippewa County Fair Association. The request was approved unanimously, contingent upon state approval. A resolution accepting gifts/grants was considered and adopted. The American Legion Post #59 donated flags for the Fire Hall, while the Montevideo Fire Relief Assoc. donated $5,000 for youth activities. The council discussed Dennis Larson’s proposal, on behalf of the River Crest Golf Course, to seek assistance from the City of Montevideo in maintaining the course. The assistance would entail donated labor and equipment, and would involve such things as mowing, tree trimming, turf maintenance, and other related tasks. The city received informal feedback from city residents who were opposed to the request. They were also informed by Public Works Director Aaron Blom, that the city has neither the manpower, nor the equipment to provide maintenance services to the golf course. After discussion, the council voted unanimously to deny River Crest’s request for maintenance help at the golf course. An ordinance amending Montevideo City Code related to daycare activity and uses permitted in various districts was discussed. After discussion, the council took no action on the matter, and the ordinance was not introduced. There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned. The next meeting will be held on Monday, July 15, 7 p.m., at City Hall.