2017 January 23 Council Minutes


January 23, 2017

The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Mayor Werner.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by those in attendance.  Present for the meeting: Mayor John Werner, Councilors John Goman, Greg Andrews, Suzanne Herstad, and Bob Quade, Deputy Clerk Toni Blomdahl, and Treasurer Holly Herstad.  Public attendance, list attached.

BUSINESS FROM THE FLOOR:  Mark Neimi, Fire Chief, asked for an update on the sale of the old brush truck.  John G. said bid information will be in the February City Newspaper.


Joint airport zoning board meeting notice: Toni stated we received an e-mail about the annual Joint Airport Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting, which will be held on Monday, January 30, 2017 at 5:00 pm at Duluth City Hall, room 303 to go over the bylaws.



January 9, 2017 Council minutes

January 17, 2017 CenturyLink minutes


17-01-06 Approving County Project within Municipal Corporate Limits

17-01-07 Establishing City Utility Fees for 2017


Ordinance# 43 Changing the name of Rice Lake from Town to City in all City of Rice Lake Ordinances


From Industrial to Commercial – 4474 Martin Road


Contract with MacQueen to purchase single unit 2017 Enforcer PUC pumper fire truck

Executed Claims:

General fund checks – 11343 – 11371 and 417E

Utility fund checks – 806 – 811 and 26E

Fair Housing Authority –  none

John G. made a motion to approve the consent agenda with a second by Greg.  All vote in favor.  Motion passed.


Summary Budget:  Toni stated the summary budget has been prepared to submit to the State Auditor and will also need to be published in the city paper.  Suzanne wanted to know if this was the budget that was worked on last fall.  Holly said that it pertains to 2017 general, road and bridge, and debt service that was approved by the Council. Suzanne wanted to know why the state categorical aid line is higher.  Holly said it has the state emergency aid for the 2016 storm.  Discussion was held about being able to adjust the amounts after submitting. Greg stated in the summary form it says it cannot be adjusted after submitting.  Bob made a motion to approve the summary budget.  Suzanne requested to amend the motion to change the categorical aid amount to reflect the actual amount the City will receive from the state for storm damage.  John W. said we will not be receiving any federal emergency funds for the storm and would support amending the summary to reflect the actual categorical aid we will receive. Toni noted the numbers we are talking about are revenues and the second page of the report notes the expenditures where we put the amount the city spent on storm cleanup.  Bob amended his motion to approve the summary with the adjustments noted for the storm cleanup, Suzanne seconded the amended motion.  All vote in favor.  Motion passed.

 Revenue Summary:  Toni said this is an administrative report for the council’s information.  Report lists the last three years’ revenues the city has received.

 Northeast MN Wetland Meeting:  Toni asked the council if they would approve her attending the MN Wetland Meeting.  There is no cost for her attending.  The meeting is on a February 8th, Council approved her attending.


Wind Storm reimbursement update:  Toni shared with Council updated figures as to what the City should be receiving from the State of Minnesota for the July 2016 storm damage.

February Calendar:  Toni gave Council a copy of the February calendar and mentioned that the utility meeting has been changed to February 9th.

MOTION FOR ADJOURNMENT: A motion was made by Greg with a second by Suzanne to adjourn the meeting.  All vote in favor.  Meeting was adjourned.