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Perham City Council approves switching natural gas provider

The Perham City Council approved a three-year contract for Utility Safety and Design Inc. for the city's natural gas services at the regular Perham City Council meeting on Feb. 8.

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Perham City Councilmen Eric Spencer (left) and Jame Johnson (center) were sworn into city office along with Pehram Major Timothy Meehl at the City Council Meeting on Jan. 11. (RosaLin Alcoser/Focus)

The city of Perham is switching its provider for natural gas.

The Perham City Council approved a three-year contract with Utility Safety and Design Inc. for the city’s natural gas services at the regular council meeting on Monday, Feb. 8.

Previously the city has been using Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association for its natural gas services. The contract with USDI will begin on April 1, as the MMUA contract will end on March 31.

The contract with USDI will have a one-time fee of $7,500 for startup services then cost the city $1,700 per month. Currently, the city pays $2,300 quarterly to MMUA for natural gas services, USDI’s services will cost $5,100 quarterly.

Perham Public Works Director Jeremie Schossow said while services from USDI will cost more, they do provide more individual training, computer mapping and other services than MMUA provided.

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Other business discussed by the council:

  • The council approved a lease agreement between Lakes Advertising, LLC, and the city of Perham for a digital billboard along Highway 10 near Minnesota Highway 78. As part of the lease agreement, the city will receive one of the 16 advertisement slots in the two-minute advertisement cycle to advertise the city, Chamber of Commerce events, and the municipal liquor store. The 15-year lease will commence on June 1, upon the completion of the billboard.

  • The city approved both the citizen participation plan and the city’s sponsorship of the city of Perham for the city’s Small Cities Development Program application. The program will allow the mayor and city manager to apply for Department of Employment and Economic Development funding on behalf of Perham.

  • The council approved the hosting of a hazardous waste mobile collection on Thursday, July 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • The council accepted a $500 donation from Steve’s Sanitation and from Bremer Bank for the disc golf course in Arvig Park.

  • The council approved the lease agreements with both the History and Cultural Association of East Otter Tail County and with Pine to Prairie Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Association for portions of the Pioneer Grounds.

  • The council approved the lease agreement between the city and Mark and Barb Lenius to continue to rent space in the Lenius’ building for the Perham Senior Center.

  • An informational meeting about being hooked to city utilities for the Yellow Pine development and Lilac Avenue will be held on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 6 p.m. in the council chambers and via Zoom.

  • City offices will be closed on Monday, Feb. 15, for Presidents’ Day.

  • A special council meeting and Committee of the Whole meeting will be held at 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24.

  • The next regular council meeting will be held on Monday, March 8, at 5:15 p.m.

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