September 14th, 2016 Council Meeting Minutes

The Round Lake City Council met for a regular council meeting on Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 at City Hall. Council members present were: Dennis Bucholz, Court Baumgard, Walon Habben, Gary Larson and Mayor Doug Knuth. Also present were: Bruce Bentele, Derek Nelson, Becky Strandberg, Diane Larson, Mike Smith, Keith Stubbe, County Attorney, Kathleen Kusz and Clerk Elaine Walker.

Meeting was called to order at 6:15pm by Mayor Knuth.

Additions to the Agenda: Donation to the National Child Safety Council educational materials for Brewster, Martin Waage bench at cemetery, Volleyball net, new fire truck quote. Motion by Baumgard, second by Habben to approve the agenda and additions to the agenda. All ayes: Carried.

Motion by Larson, second by Baumgard to approve the bills as presented – Check #19722 thru #19776 and $410.25 to Minnesota Revenue for August withholding tax, $2,467.72 to EFTPS for August Employer tax, $1,452.61 to PERA for August payment, $3,342.00 to Minnesota Revenue for August Sales Tax for the City (all filed electronically). All ayes: Carried.

Bruce Bentele – Bids for the exterior of City Hall and shop are coming in slowly, this is busy time of year for contractors and the lumber yards. Tree trimming around powerlines is almost done.

Derek Nelson – Odorizer installed and functioning. Monitoring it regularly to make sure it’s doing what we need it to do.

Elaine Walker – Banyon research will be ongoing. Had Chris from Banyon do a demonstration for myself and Derek, we liked what we saw. Contract with current billing software, USTI will expire in July 2017. Would like the new program to be on the budget for next year. Main printer is having issues, taking bids for new printing equipment to replace current lease and eliminate printer that needs new parts and is too old to fix and be cost effective.

Sheriff’s Department – unable to attend, let them know if we have any concerns.

Nobles County Attorney, Kathleen Kusz presented the Master Subscriber Agreement and Resolution No. 2016-09-14 Authorizing the County Attorney to Sign Master Subscriber Agreement for Minnesota Court Data Services for Governmental Agencies. Motion by Bucholz, second by Larson to approve Master Subscriber Agreement and Resolution No. 2016-09-14. All ayes: Carried.

RL Community Center – Becky Strandberg – requested the City collaborate in an effort to provide an annual celebration to be held at the RL Community Center similar to the gathering that was held there on August 27, 2016. She requested a commitment from the City to back the efforts and asked if she started the process; that the City would also contribute to making it a community event. No parade, just vendors and games for kids and adults, with some evening entertainment possibly. Council agreed that it was a good idea. Time of year will be in August, not the same weekend as the Nobles County Fair.

RL Pit Stop – Diane Larson – after hours plan for gas for the Fire Department or City will be to call Diane at this time. The cardtrol pumps will be installed in the future, hopefully near future, and then each truck will have a Cenex card to use for this purpose.

Sealed bids were opened for the following equipment:

1975 Dodge Fire Truck – Motion by Bucholz, second by Baumgard to accept $1,000.00 bid made by Ethan Quade of Jeffers, MN. All ayes: Carried.

1972 Galion road grader – Motion by Baumgard, second by Habben to accept $2,000.00 bid made by Mike Riley of Brewster, MN. All ayes: Carried.

Sweeper – No viable bid was made for the sweeper.

Copies of the Proposed Budget and Levy Payable 2017 had been distributed to the Council. Council reviewed and discussed budget and levy and the following Resolution was adopted by the Council:

To the County Auditor of Nobles County: Resolved, that the following sums be, and hereby are, levied upon the taxable property in the City of Round Lake, County of Nobles, State of Minnesota for the year 2017, for the following purposes:

General Fund: Total Levy $217,424.00, State Aid Credit $121,378.00, Net Levy $96,046.00; Fire Department: $6,000.00, Net Levy $6,000.00; Total Levy $223,424.00, State Aid Credit $121,378.00, Total Levy $102,046.00. Motion by Larson, second by Baumgard to accept the budget and levy payable 2017 resolution. All ayes: Carried.

Motion by Bucholz, second by Habben to donate the volleyball net from the sand volleyball court to the RL Community Center. All ayes: Carried. Becky Strandberg accepted the donation on behalf of the RL Community Center.

Martin & Cindy Waage are requesting permission to install a bench at the cemetery by the Waage family plot. Council will approve if it’s of the monument type stone and has a base that will not allow weeds/grass to grow making it additional work while mowing and weed eating and they work with Bruce and Derek for the proper placement.

Fire Chief, Mike Smith presented the quote and specifications for the new fire truck that was voted on at the last fire department meeting. The 2017 Freightliner M2 106 chassis and the 2,000 gallon tanker pumper will be purchased from Midwest Fire out of Luverne, MN. The entire contract is for a proposed price of $226,976.00. Funding for this purchase has been secured through Federated Rural Electric Association with an interest rate of 1%. Motion by Baumgard, second by Habben to accept the quote and move forward to purchase the fire truck as presented. All ayes: Carried.

Halloween trick-or-treat hours will be 6:00-8:00pm on Monday, October 31st, 2016.

Clerk Elaine is working with Abraham Algadi on the next steps that are needed in regard to the old café building. A meeting is planned for September 21, 2016, Mayor Knuth is planning to attend.

401 Harrison Street will be demolished by the end of 2016 according to the Nobles County representative that informed the City. They are currently seeking bids to do the demolition of the house and garage. The land will go on auction early 2017.

Nuisance letter reminders were mailed certified on August 25th, 2016 with October 1st deadline to re-evaluate condition of the property.

Next Council meeting will be Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 6:15pm.

Motion by Habben, second by Larson to adjourn. Meeting was adjourned at 7:50pm.