2017 September Agenda minutes

September Agenda Meeting Minutes

September 5, 2017

The meeting was called to order by Mayor John Werner at 6:00 p.m.  Present for the meeting; Mayor John Werner; Councilors Greg Andrews, Suzanne Herstad, and Bob Quade; Treasurer Holly Herstad; Deputy Clerk Toni Blomdahl; and attached list of public.

John G. made a motion to approve the August 7, 2017 Agenda Meeting Minutes with a second by Bob.  All vote in favor.  Motion passed.


Truth in taxation meeting: Toni stated the TNT meeting needs to be scheduled sometime after November 24, 2017 and before December 29, 2017.  Council approved setting the meeting for November 28, 2017 at 6:00 pm at Rice Lake City Hall.

Charitable gambling Glen Avon Hockey: Toni stated the Glen Avon Hockey Club submitted an application for charitable gambling at the Fall Inn Tavern.  John G. made a motion to approve the application with a second by Suzanne.  All voted in favor.  Motion passed.

Fuel estimates: Toni stated the fuel estimates for 2017/2018 are: Superior Fuel $1.04; Ferrellgas $1.10; and Como Oil & Propane at $0.99.  Greg made a motion to go with the lowest estimate with a second by Suzanne.  All voted in favor.  Motion passed.

Fire hall leaking windows: John W. stated Mark Niemi, Fire Chief, said water was leaking in under the windows damaging equipment.  It was determined that the caulking around the window frames needs to be replaced.  St. Germain’s Glass submitted an estimate to remove all of the old caulking from around the window frames and re-caulk for $3,895.  John G. made a motion to approve caulking the S. Fire Hall windows for $3,895 with a second by Bob.  Suzanne asked if this was for all the windows.  John W. said yes, all the windows.  All voted in favor.  Motion passed.

Transfer for Capital Project Investments: Toni asked if monies should be moved from checking to investments for City Hall, South Fire Hall, and Public Works.  John W. asked if there were enough funds in the checking account to do this.  Holly shared with the Council a report on the budget and the remaining balance for each account.  Council agreed to delay this until November to see if we have money in checking to move.

Ordinance #8 – dangerous weapons: Toni stated Mike Couri, City Attorney’s recommendation is that the City repeal Sections 2 – 6 of the current firearms ordinance.  Suzanne made a motion to amend Ordinance #8 removing sections 2 – 6 as per the City Attorney’s recommendation with a second by Greg.  John G. suggested a copy of the State Statutes be available so staff can refer to it if there are any questions by residents.  All voted in favor.  Motion passed.

Crafting group rental: Toni stated there is a crafting group looking for a place to rent once a month from 9 to 5 and they were wondering if they could use City Hall.  Council discussed renting the hall for a whole day and determined there are too many City meetings held during the day to do so.  Council is not in favor of allowing them to use City Hall.  Toni will contact them and let them know.UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

Sheriff: The Council went over the additional information Joan had received from Under Sheriff Don Phillips in reference to the City contracting with St. Louis County for a sheriff’s deputy.  John W. said the purchase price of the squad car is $44,790.  City would own the vehicle and be responsible for insurance and maintenance.  One full-time sheriff with benefits is $83,535.04 per year.  Contract with the County has a termination clause and would automatically renew each year unless terminated.  The Sheriff’s department would still provide their normal investigative duties even if we have a full-time sheriff.  Discussion is still needed about rotating shifts and fill-in time.  John W. stated the money to pay for the sheriff and squad will come out of LGA.  John W. will schedule a meeting with Undersheriff Phillips on the 14th or 15th of September for more discussion.

3rd Ave. S. Easements: Toni asked if the easements have been obtained for 3rd Ave. S.  John G. said not yet.

Calvary Water Line: John W. stated that Gary Cerkvenik, City Lobbyist, discussed with Senator Bakk for state bonding money for the East Calvary Water Line and he authorized him to draft legislation for the $358,000 and to extend the previous 2014 grant. Gary e-mailed Representative Murphy asking for her support in the house and to shepherd the bill along.

City Hall updates: John W. stated the total repairs to date is $202,000.  There are two estimates for the air exchanger:  AW Kuettel for $25,945 and UHL for $29,153.  Greg made a motion to go with AW Kuettel’s estimate for the air exchanger/air conditioning unit for $25,945 with a second by John G.  All voted in favor.  Motion passed.  John W. stated he and Joan will continue to monitor the expenses to make sure we stay on budget.

Hydrant and Valve repair list: John G. said the list needs to be updated as some repairs have been done.   Discussion on this was postponed until list is updated.

Park: John W. asked if the Council was okay with the 20 mph signs by the City Park being posted.  Suzanne wanted to make sure we can post the road at 20 mph.  John W. stated we can because it is by the park.

PUBLIC COMMENT: John W. asked Cindy what she thinks about the discussion of a full-time sheriff.  Cindy said it sounds like the City is getting a police department.  John W. said a full-time sheriff is needed due to drugs, theft, and the other issues we are having in the City.

Greg stated he approved the fire department to get a new radio for the new fire truck for $1,000,  the cost will come out of the operating budget not the truck budget.

Having nothing further to discuss, Mayor Werner adjourned the meeting.