2017 December 26 Council minutes


December 26, 2017

 The Council 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; City Councilors Suzanne Herstad, John Goman, Greg Andrews, and Bob Quade; Clerk Joan Jauss; and attached list of public.



  • Email from FEMA stating the AFG Grant period is open, there was discussion on who authorized and what is the grant being written for.
  • Email from WLSSD stating they will be having the recycle shed attendant meeting on January 15, 2018. John G. stated he will go and take Bryan.

December 11, 2017 Council minutes
17-11-33 Establishing unchanged precincts and polling places for the City of Rice
Ordinance #22 Zoning amendment
Ordinance #23 Right of Way amendment
Executed Claim:
General fund checks – 12176 – 12208
Fair Housing Authority –  none

Bob made a motion to approve the consent agenda as presented.  Greg asked for clarification on Ordinance #22 changes.  Joan explained what changes were made in section 5 and that the City Attorney approved all changes. Suzanne seconded the motion.  All vote in favor.  Motion passed.


MSA agreement: Joan shared a copy of an agreement from MSA to oversee the construction and administration on the 3rd Ave. S. sewer project for a total of $26,665.  John G. asked if the agreement is a percentage of the full contract, John W. stated yes.  Suzanne made a motion to approve the MSA agreement for the 3rd Ave. S. sewer project with a second by John G.  All vote in favor.  Motion passed.

WLSSD I&I meeting: Joan reminded Council there is an I&I meeting on January 9 with Brandon Kohlts at WLSSD.  She asked who is going to attend and does it need to be posted.  Council agreed there may be more than two attending, Joan is to post.

Claim Register: Joan shared three versions of the claim register with the Council and asked which one they would like to see with the checks.  After some discussion it was agreed to go with the checklist version.  Suzanne and Greg stated they would like to see the detail report monthly.  Joan will make the changes.


Resolution 17-12-34 Establishing 2018 City Fees: Council reviewed the fee schedule all was good.  A right of way obstruction permit was added, water and sewer rates were increased, and planned unit development application and escrow fee was increased.  Greg made a motion to approve Resolution 17-12-34 Establishing 2018 City Fees with a second by Bob.  All vote in favor.  Motion passed.

3rd Ave. S. Sewer: Joan shared a copy of the plans showing the sewer replacement project.  John W. stated in order to give everyone time to review the plan we will table this discussion until the Work Meeting on January 2.

January Calendar: Joan shared a copy of the January Calendar with Council.  The Agenda Meeting has been changed to Work Meeting going forward.


Greg stated he attended the WLSSD recycle meeting, there was not any major changes.  They do not have much for grant money this year.  Utilities are at a standstill due to weather.

Suzanne stated she attended the Planning and Zoning Meeting where they discussed the small wireless facilities.  The Planning Commission is still looking for another Planning and Zoning member and two commission members terms are up.  She got an estimated price for the sander the City is looking to sell, it is recommended the minimum bid be $1,500 and new one is worth $5,000.

Bob stated he went to a MIC meeting in which they are looking for funding for various Duluth/Superior projects.  The new fire truck is here, he stopped by to see it.  Still working on some finishing items at City Hall.   Bob heard that Fredenberg received a high-speed internet grant for their Township.

John G. stated he will be putting the sander up for sale for $3,000.  He is going to put it on Craigslist unless Council has objections.  He is also going to put the bumper and other parts on Craigslist too as they did not sell locally.  John W. made a motion to put the items on Craigslist with a second by Suzanne.  All vote in favor.  Motion passed. John G. stated while at a meeting with St. Louis County, he brought up the off-set manhole cover.  Joan needs to send photos of what we found and they will get back to us once they investigate.

John W. stated he went to a meeting on the water rates with Proctor, and Hermantown.  He also went to a meeting on Ditch 14 at St. Louis County.

Having nothing further to discuss, Suzanne made a motion to adjourn the meeting.  Mayor Werner adjourned the meeting.