As with other area communities, the potential of frozen water pipes within the city of Canton was a topic of conversation at the council's meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 12.

According to Jon Nordsving, Canton's city maintenance director, he has checked various locations within the city to gauge whether there is a need to take steps to ensure that residential water does not freeze. The targeted checks were at the end of water lines and known trouble spots.

Nordsving stated that his findings were above the 40-degree temperature - running at 41.5 degrees, which is within the safe range.

There was no advisory given at this time to run the pencil stream of water as indicated on the news. Based upon current readings, it should be unnecessary for most residents to take this action.

Any concerned residents should contact the city clerk's office with questions.

Maintenance report

In the review of the city bills, it was noted that the amount of $18,813.00 is the final bill from McCarthy Well Company for Well #1 repair.

The bill for $1,711.26 payable to Minnesota Pipe & Equipment for water/repair will be split between Canton Township and city. This amount includes four hours of backhoe work. There will be an additional bill from Vis Plumbing, which will also be split.

The Tri-County EPA rule on back-up generators was discussed once again. The council decided additional information needs to be compiled regarding the regulations and the impact upon record keeping and maintenance on the existing generator in order to make a better informed decision on the matter.

Nordsving told the council he felt the existing generator will be able to be used as a backup.

Nordsving also gave a brief update on the conversion of the former city liquor store building. Due to the cold weather, not much progress is being made. The existing walls are being left due to the cold.

Nordsving did report there are issues with the floor and ceiling in the walk-in cooler location in the building due to exposure to excessive moisture. He stated these areas will need significant repair.

Canton Day Off

The council spent some time discussing the upcoming Canton Day Off celebration, planned this year for Aug. 15 to 17.

Cindy Shanks, acting mayor and committee member, provided a tentative schedule of events. Among the events scheduled, the plan is to have a Raider's Prom in the Fest Tent on Friday evening and another dance, with the band Cherry Gun from the Twin Cities, on Saturday night. Options provide additional power for both events were discussed.

There is an existing outlet at the gazebo, but it was felt that it is not sufficient to operate the needed equipment for the dances.

Installing additional wiring was compared to the possibility of renting a generator to meet the power draw was discussed at length. The cost of wiring plus the availability of a transformer to make the connection was not certain. Also unknown is the cost of renting a generator. No decision was made as to the solution to the electrical problem.

The need to block off streets was discussed as well as the possible placement of fencing around the area.

It will also be required to close the route designated for the Raider Dash, possibly south past the end of Main Street. This will require Fillmore County approval as it is a county road.

Shanks shared the tentative schedule for the event.

Friday events include a softball tournament, continuing through the weekend; a Raider's prom; an all-school reunion kick-off; a teen dance at the town hall; and a barbecue, chili and bloody Mary contest, continuing through the celebration.

Saturday events include the Raider Dash, a 5K run/walk with a kids 5K; a grand parade, a dance; cook-off judging; a semi-show; classic tractor ride; an old-time dance with the Toe Tappers at the town hall; a historical society display at the community center; a photo booth, dunk tan and a kids obstacle course and games.

On Sunday, the Catholic church will host a meatball dinner; there will be go-cart races at the Canton Speedway and Bingo at the beer tent. There will also be live entertainment in the afternoon and fireworks at dusk.

Other business

The council approved a date change for the March council meeting. Due to conflicts with Clerk Lolly Melander's schedule, the regular meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 11, at 7 p.m. at the community center.

• Approval was given to accept the hourly rate increase for City Attorney Richard Nethercut to $145 per hour. It was noted that the current rate of $110 was set at least 12 years ago. It was noted this rate increase does not apply to the county attorney rate.