During Wykoff's regular monthly city council meeting Monday, July 8, Kevin Graves of WHKS, Wykoff's engineering firm, updated the council regarding the progress in obtaining permits for the construction of a new wastewater treatment plant, a process that has been in motion for approximately the past year.

The city has been awaiting news from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), as the review and comment period took longer than anticipated, delaying bidding and the start of construction. Graves reported that only two issues remained before he felt that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) would approve the permit applications.

Councilors have been compiling interview questions to ask wastewater treatment plant employee candidates, and they reviewed the questions during last Monday night's meeting. The city is seeking a new wastewater treatment plant operator because city maintenance foreman and wastewater treatment plant operator Al Williams intends to retire in November.

In new business, employee evaluations were discussed, as was the repair of picnic tables at the park near the Wykoff Community Hall, because the tables at the park's pavilion have been there for quite some time and are showing wear. Williams will fix the tables so they are usable.

Finally, Gold St. Pizza and Grille's revolving loan garnered attention because the city issued the loan on Oct. 1, 2008, to Jan and Mary Sackett in the amount of $15,000. The first payment was due Oct. 1, 2012, but the payment was not made, and Mary Sackett called to notify city clerk Cheryl Davis that the business is closed and that she cannot make any payments until it is sold. The council voted to send the revolving loan agreement to city attorney Thomas Manion for collection.