2017 November 27 Council minutes


November 27, 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.

Swearing in of Deputy Treasurer: John G. made a motion to approve Jayme Heim as Deputy Treasurer, signatory only, with a flat pay rate of $100 monthly with a second by Suzanne.  All vote in favor.  Motion passed.  Jayme Heim was sworn in as Deputy Treasurer by Joan.



  • Community Club invitation to Council to come to the annual Christmas party on December 9th
  • Email from Duluth Airport Authority inviting the Council to a meeting on December 7th at 2:00 pm. There will be a quorum of Councilors so Joan will post.
  • Email from MIC requesting to hold their September meeting at Rice Lake. Council agreed this was ok.



November 13, 2017 Council minutes


17-11-28 Designating depositories and corporate authorization

17-11-29 Designating depositories for investment purposes

17-11-30 Authorizing contract with interested officer

17-11-31 Certifying delinquent utilities and assessments to                                                           property taxes

Executed Claim

General fund checks – 12099-12129

Fair Housing Authority –  none

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


Charter Communications: John G. stated he met with Charter and they have no plans for expansion in Rice Lake at this time. The cost to get Charter cabling to City Hall would be approximately $72,000, which is not feasible at this time. They are open to explore possible state grants with us.

Truck bid opening: John W. opened the two bids that were received.  The first bid was from Mrs. Mac for $3,600 and the second bid was from Dan Olson for $3,131.10.  Mrs. Mac was awarded the bid.

Small cell wireless agreement: Joan shared that Mike Couri, City Attorney, is recommending the City adopt the small cell wireless agreement, this will give the City some control on the equipment in the City’s right of ways.  Mr. Couri supplied a sample agreement, the agreement needs to be passed before November 30th.  Greg made a motion to adopt the small cell wireless agreement with a second by Bob.  All vote in favor.  Motion passed.

CliftonLarsonAllen engagement letter: Joan shared a letter of engagement from CliftonLarsonAllen for audit services for the year of 2018, there is an increase of $150.  Suzanne made a motion to approve the CliftonLarsonAllen agreement with a second by John G.  All vote in favor.  Motion passed.


Enterprise budget (utilities): Joan shared a copy of a proposed budget for the enterprise funds with Council.  Council reviewed and approved.  Enterprise funds cannot be levied.  John W. requested a copy be shared with the public at the truth in taxation public hearing.

City Hall update: John W. stated the only major item we are still waiting for is the three-phase power to be hooked up.  Electricians have been working on finishing other items.

Truth in Taxation public hearing: Joan reminded Council the Truth in Taxation public hearing is on Tuesday November 28th at 6:00 pm.

December calendar: Joan shared a copy of the December calendar with Council.


Greg stated he is waiting to hear from Joe with MSA to let him know if repair work can be done on manholes in the winter.

Suzanne stated the Planning Commission is still looking for another Planning and Zoning member.  There is going to be a public hearing on the Zoning Ordinance #22 in December for small cell updates.

Bob stated scarification of the ice on the roads was started but the grader broke down, so they will be back on it as soon as possible.  He plans to attend the Airport meeting and feels it is good to let municipalities have a say on things versus the State.  Greg asked, after the meeting, does this go back to the State for approval, John W. stated yes.

John G. stated he assisted Justin Schendel with the burp boxes on W. Calvary Road.  There are four total and they are working on checking them all.

John W. stated the new fire truck is supposed to go to the distributer, McQueen this week.  They are hoping for delivery around mid-December.  The truck will not be making any fire calls for approximately two months once received to allow for all the firefighters to train on it.  No tax dollars were used to purchase this truck, it was purchased from pull tab money that had been set aside.  John W. also shared that he met with Kwik Trip and the new store at Martin and Rice Lake Road is still on schedule for the spring.

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