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Owen City Council Approves Donation

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 -- 8:16 AM

-The Owen City Council approved a donation at their meeting on Tuesday of last week.

The council donated $3,000 to the House of Friends after School Program. Bessie Williams was present to represent the program and report on their progress.

During the public works portion of the meeting, Gary Smith reported that the department would be having necessary safety training. He also stated that two hydrants in the city are still leaking. A representative from Rural Water will look at the hydrants and see if they can be repaired or replaced. Gary also stated that high bridge is open, he has looked into solar flashing lights which are quite pricey and that he is still looking into what kind of culvert would be the best option for Willow Road.

The city also addressed an odor complaint. On September 25th an odor complaint by Kris Koplitz was made to Scott Rabe of Quality Roasting. The complaint was also issued to Mayor Heggemeier and the City Council.

Scott Rabe and Jim Weyenberger were both present to express their concern into this complaint. They reported that when the complaint was received from Koplitz by email, Scott Rabe responded to her immediately and ensured her that he would check with the operators at the plant and that they would make adjustments that day. Quality Roasting raised the stack another 30 feet on the plant to help dissipate the steam and any odor coming from the plant. They also changed some operating parameters that the plant was running at and they installed a small water wash for the exhaust air.

The day of the complaint there was a heavy fog in the morning and the wind was blowing directly to Koplitz?s house. The Council expressed their appreciation for Quality Roasting?s attempts to correct the issue.

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