The Round Lake City Council met in closed session for employee reviews on Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 at City Hall. Council members present were: Paul Cunningham, Court Baumgard, Walon Habben, Gary Larson and Mayor Doug Knuth. Also present were: Clerk Elaine Walker, Derek Nelson and Bruce Bentele.
Meeting was called to order at 5:15pm by Mayor Doug Knuth. Pay increases were discussed and council approved a cost of living increase for all employees of 2.5% and a step increase for Clerk Elaine Walker of an additional 3%. Motion was made by Larson and second by Baumgard, all ayes: Carried.
Closed meeting was adjourned at 6:00pm.
The Round Lake City Council met in regular session on Wednesday, February 8th, 2017. Council members present were: Paul Cunningham, Court Baumgard, Walon Habben, Gary Larson and Mayor Doug Knuth. Also present were: Lance & Shari Dean, Kurt Lintelman, Derek Nelson, Bruce Bentele and Clerk Elaine Walker.
Meeting was called to order at 6:15pm by Mayor Knuth.
Mayor Knuth gave brief summary of the review outcome. See closed meeting minutes above.
Additions to the agenda: 100k CD matures on 2/27/2017, Nicole Bush dog fence building permit, SMBS, Fire Department Mutual Aid agreement with 12 other counties, bids for remodel of City Hall and Shop building.
Motion by Baumgard, second by Larson to approve the agenda and additions to the agenda. All ayes: Carried.
Motion by Larson, second by Cunningham to approve the minutes from January 11th meeting. All ayes: Carried.
Motion by Larson, second by Habben to approve the bills and receipts as presented. All ayes: Carried.
Motion by Larson, second by Baumgard to approve the City price of gas increase of $.025/ccf for all customer types excluding Small Interruptible category. All ayes: Carried.
Motion by Baumgard, second by Larson to approve the addition of a meter charge for FCA Co-Op and Agco, $45.00/mo and $35.00/mo respectively. All ayes: Carried.
Motion by Larson, second by Habben to approve the 125% of the current wage when the City Works employees are called out, during regular business hours, to help neighboring towns in an emergency and 175% of the current wage when they are called out to help during off hours. Fees for use of equipment are also being added to the fee schedule for 2017. The equipment fees are separate from the wages. All ayes: Carried.
Tim Kennedy clarification on the building permit requirements for the ag land that he purchased on 6th Avenue. Section 4 of the City Code states that the building permit restrictions do not apply to ag buildings. Bruce did request the City install a manhole at the corner of 6th Avenue and Margaret Street to prepare the area for additional services.
Lance Dean – water leak forgiveness. Discovered a running toilet and asked council for help with the excessive water that was used. Motion by Habben, second by Cunningham to charge an average for the actual usage and only the cost of the excess water. Clerk Walker will contact the Deans with new balance due. All ayes: Carried.
Motion by Habben, second by Cunningham to approve the 2017-2019 Clarke Environmental Mosquito Management, Inc. contract proposal. Signing the contract for the 3 year plan saves the City about $150 per year. All ayes: Carried.
City Sign – Bruce told the Council that the material the sign was made out of was not very durable. It had been repaired once already and the condition this time was not conducive to repairing it again. Council instructed Clerk Walker to contact Rod at Harveys Signs for a quote on a new sign. Council member Baumgard would like to know if there is anything left in the Community Club bank account or if the Sportsman’s Club would like to help with the cost of the new sign. Clerk Walker will call Bryon Foote or Bryce Wendling to see if the Sportsman’s Club would be interested in funding this project.
$100K CD maturing on 2/27/2017 Council instructed Clerk Walker to reinvest the CD when Ned calls to ask what needs to be done with the CD.
Nicole Bush – Building permit for dog fence. Derek noticed they had already installed a 4’ high black plastic fence for the purpose of letting the dog out in the backyard. Clerk Walker contacted her and informed her that they should have called Gopher State One call and also that a building permit was required anytime you install a fence. Motion by Baumgard, second by Habben to approve the dog fence.
Council would like Bruce to call contractors in the area to get bids for remodel of City Hall/Shop building.
Southwest Minnesota Broadband Services meeting update, Council member Larson shared that Heron Lake was not on board with the IPTV upgrade and Council member Cunningham said that he had heard Bingham Lake was not as well. Round Lake is now SMBS Treasurer for the 2017 year and Donnie was elected Chairman while Ern is still Vice Chairman. There will be more discussion in the future regarding the IPTV upgrade.
Nobles County Local Board of Appeal & Equalization Meeting will be Tuesday, April 25th at 9:00am in City Hall. Mayor Knuth instructed Clerk Walker to look into classes online for Councilmember Cunningham and Councilmember Larson to take the training for certification.
Next Council Meeting will be on Tuesday, March 7th at 6:15pm at City Hall.
Motion by Habben, second by Larson to adjourn. All ayes: Carried. Meeting was adjourned at 7:08pm.