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Posted: Monday, October 1, 2012 12:09 pm

The Watertown Common Council will hold a Committee of the Whole meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday where it will meet in closed session to discuss pending litigation with its legal counsel prior to the council’s meeting at 7 p.m.

The council agenda also includes two resolutions relating to the closed session meeting. The first resolution is listed as an approval of an insurance settlement and the second is an authorization to file a complaint.

City Clerk Mike Hoppenrath said he could not disclose any information on what would be discussed during the closed session in the Committee of the Whole meeting, but he did say the information would be available during the council meeting as the resolutions are discussed.

The council will also vote on a resolution to upgrade the computer system at the Health Department to bring it under the same vendor and to use the same email server as the rest of the city departments located in the municipal building.

According to the resolution the cost of the upgrade is not to exceed $10,623 and will be completed by Netwurz and Digicorp.

The council will also vote on several resolutions to keep the taxi services in the city rolling in 2013. The first resolution would approve a shared-ride taxi service agreement with Passenger Transit Inc., to approve leasing 18 vehicles to Passenger Transit. The city awarded a five year contract with Passenger Transit in 2011.

The council will also vote on a resolution authorizing the city to apply for an operating assistance grant from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation for $715,156 to offset the cost of the shared-ride taxi service.

The council will also vote on a resolution setting the taxi rates for 2013. The proposed rates are $3 for adults, $2 for children under 12 years old, $1.50 for children accompanying an adult to the same destination, $2.50 for children 12 to 18 years old, $2 for disabled persons and seniors 60 years and older, $3.75 for a prescription delivery per package, $1.50 for corner stop service and $7.50 for a mile outside of the city limits.

In other business the council will:

— Vote on a resolution to approve state Highway 26 maintenance agreement with the town of Watertown, including snow removal, sanding, interim repair of highway surfaces and other operations.

— Approve a resolution authorizing the city to hire Crane Engineering from Kimberly for $83,250 to repaint and repair the primary clarifier number 1 at the wastewater treatment plant.

— Approve a resolution hiring Robert E. Lee and Associates to complete the 2013 plans and specifications for street reconstruction, water main replacement, sanitary sewer and storm work. The estimated cost for the work will range from $70,000 to $100,000. The city currently does not have any engineering staff to complete the planning and specifications in-house.

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