2017 September 25 Council minutes


September 25, 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; City Councilors Suzanne Herstad, Greg Andrews, and Bob Quade; City Attorney Mike Couri; Clerk Joan Jauss; Treasurer Holly Herstad; and attached list of public.



  • Email from Barbara Lenard – asking about internet service, Joan’s response is attached.
  • Email from Luke Jezierski – requesting to do an Eagle Scout project; to build a Gaga Pit at the park. Joan stated she had requested Luke come to this Council or next Council meeting to do a presentation on the request.  Council postponed discussion pending the presentation.
  • Letter from David Sirois thanking the City for donating supplies to his Eagle Scout Project.



August 30, 2017 Audit Minutes

September 11, 2017 Council Minutes

September 14, 2017 Sheriff Minutes

    Executed Claim

General fund checks – 11929–11956

Fair Housing Authority –  none

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


M100 election machines: Joan stated she received an email from Phil Chapman with St. Louis County Elections informing us the State of Minnesota allocated $7 million for voting equipment grants.  Joan shared a memo from Toni Blomdahl, Deputy Clerk, on what she found when she researched the matter.  Joan stated our existing election machines are fine and are supported by the county but the concern is, in the future we may be forced to upgrade, and the grants may not be available.  Joan stated she thinks it is an expense we don’t need to incur right now.  Greg, Suzanne, and Bob do not support applying for the grant.  Council agreed not to apply.

Sheriff proposal: Joan shared a proposed agreement she received from the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Department for added patrol.  The Council would like Mike Couri to review it.  Mike stated he can see one area that will need to be discussed, the indemnification clause, as our insurance company will most likely have issues with this.  Mike suggested Joan check with the City’s insurance carrier to see if this will impact our insurance rates.  Joan will forward the contract to Mike for his review along with the contact information from the Sheriff’s office and will bring back to Council once she receives all the information.


City Hall update: John W. stated as of this morning they are insulating the ductwork, the electrician is working on lighting, the bathrooms are ready for fixtures, the windows in the front office are installed and should be finished on Thursday, kitchen floor is done and the back wall that was leaking is fixed, drywalled, and painted.  The carpet in the office should be done this coming week and the cleaning company will come and clean so we can get the furniture placed where it belongs.  Estimated cost to date is $225,000 and we are on track to get back in the building the first week of October

October Calendar: Joan distributed and reviewed the October calendar for the Council.


  • Greg stated the Duluth Urban Water Shed (WRAPS) is moving forward with creating another governmental agency and they have been discussing streams in various Towns and Cities. They will start working on projects in 2019.
  • Bob stated MIC is doing a truck and bike route study and they are studying the Sault St. Marie lock repairs. They also checked out Canosia’s new trail system.  There is a Buckthorn Seminar October 3rd at the City Park at 7:00 pm for anyone interested.
  • Suzanne – none
  • John W. stated he talked with Mayor Larson from the City of Duluth and attended the City of Duluth water rate increase meeting with Bob. He spoke on behalf of the City of Rice Lake being against the increase, there was minimal attendance.  The Duluth City Council is voting on the water rate increase tonight, it is projected to pass.

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