Phil Griffin of the Spring Grove Parks Commission reported on efforts to improve Roverud Park. He was asked to contact members of the Root River Soil and Water Conservation District with an eye towards setting up a joint meeting with city officials.

Griffin said that the park should be developed as a natural area, with an emphasis on native grasses and habitat for wildlife.

He also said Parks Commissioners favored a pond, but Councilmember Nancy Nelson said that would not be an option, since it would represent an "attractive nuisance."

"Continue what you're doing," councilmember Robert Vogel told Griffin. Developing a water management plan, repairing and stabilizing erosion problems and establishing native seedings are all planned for the area.

Electric rates to increase?

Council members discussed a wholesale rate increase of approximately 3 percent to the city from Tri-County Electric, which reportedly took effect of May 1.

Members decided by consensus to research the issue immediately, and ask analyst Tom Nigon of Star Energy Services how much he would charge to do a new rate study. The issue will be on the next regular city council agenda.

Liquor store items approved

The council approved hiring Jessica Rasmussen to work part time at the Corner Store.

A new sign for the establishment was discussed, but not approved.

Councilmember Lorilyn Dehning said she would bring additional designs to a future meeting.

A recommendation to approve the purchase of five tables and 20 bar stools for the facility at a cost of $2,105 was approved. Nelson cast the only "no" ballot on that request.

Members voted to grant a temporary liquor license for a May 18 function at the Bluff Country Artists Gallery with a single "no" vote from Nelson, who asked if dram shop insurance was required.

Repair quotes accepted

Three quotes from T-N-T Painting and Construction were approved.

The first was to re-roof the ball field washrooms for $1,125. The second was to seal and stain wood trim and dormers at the SWIM Center for $1,575. The third was to wash and waterproof all of the exterior block at the same facility for $2,150.

"I think all of these things need to be done as maintenance," Mayor Bruce Poole stated prior to the vote.

GIS system discussed

Vogel requested permission to obtain quotes from engineering firms for a GIS (geographic information systems) electronically formatted map of the city for the Spring Grove Planning Commission's use.

There was no vote, but no consensuses forbid asking for bids either. Those will be presented to the council for consideration during the 2014 budget process.

Donations to proceed

The council voted to donate 30 one-day SWIM Center passes to the Spring Grove Public School reading program, along with one season pass for the upcoming Giants of the Earth to auction off during its Dinner and Gala on May 17.

Nelson cast the lone "no" vote, stating that under state auditor rules, the city is not allowed to make donations except for governmental purposes.