The Round Lake City Council met in closed session for the employee reviews on Thursday, December 7th, 2017 at 5:30pm at City Hall.
Councilmembers present were Paul Cunningham, Court Baumgard, Walon Habben, Gary Larson and Mayor Doug Knuth. Also present were Derek Nelson and Clerk, Elaine Walker. Unable to attend was Bruce Bentele.
Council discussed employee’s performance individually and motion was made to give Clerk Elaine Walker a step increase of 3% with an additional cost of living increase of 2.5%, while Bruce Bentele and Derek Nelson were given a step increase of 1% and a cost of living increase of 2.5% for the 2018 fiscal year. Motion was made by Habben, second by Baumgard. All ayes: Carried.
The Round Lake City Council regular meeting was called to order at 6:15pm.
Also present were Keith Tordsen, Scott Reimer & Andrea Christoffer from Federated Rural Electric.
Additions to the agenda were the cell tower ordinance #79 and Lance Dean excessive water use. Motion to approve additions to the agenda and the agenda made by Larson, second by Cunningham. All ayes: Carried.
Motion to approve minutes from the November 8th, 2017 meeting made by Larson, second by Habben. All ayes: Carried.
Motion to approve the bills and receipts as presented, made by Baumgard, second by Cunningham. All ayes: Carried.
Scott Reimer from Federated Rural Electric was at the meeting to discuss the electrical needs for New Fashion Pork, if they build a feed mill on the elevator property.
Mayor Doug Knuth called a special meeting between New Fashion Pork, Federated Rural Electric and the City Council for December 19th, 2017 at 6:15pm. NFP will present their tentative plan for the feed mill to be located on the East side of Rohrer Street on the current elevator property. Everything is in the planning stages at this time, so the formal proposal will come at a later date.
Motion by Habben, second by Cunningham to adopt the 2018 Tax Levy without any changes. All ayes: Carried.
No Truck Parking on Margaret Street, letter was mailed to Don Feltman regarding his semi-tractor being driven on Margaret Street to park it in his driveway, outlining the “No Trucks” sign regulations for Margaret Street. No response was made regarding this letter. Council instructed Clerk Elaine to mail another letter to Jim Feltman, as the semi-tractor that is being parked in Don’s driveway is actually his tractor. Evaluation, of the No Trucks on certain streets, needs to be done by the Council.
Motion by Baumgard, second by Cunningham to approve the immediate broker/dealer change on the investments that are currently in a house account at Capital Financial Services, Inc. All ayes: Carried.
Ordinance No. 79 – An Ordinance to enact a new chapter of the code of ordinances to administer and regulate the public right of way in the public interest, and to provide for the issuance and regulation of the right of way permits. Motion by Larson, second by Habben. All ayes: Carried.
Motion by Larson, second by Habben to approve the Electric Appliance Rebate Form for 2018. All ayes: Carried.
Motion by Baumgard, second by Habben to approve the Southwest Minnesota Broadband Representative (Doug Knuth) and Alternate (Gary Larson) for 2018. All ayes: Carried.
Motion by Habben, second by Baumgard to approve the Liquor License for L&M Partners, LLC, dba Round Lake Pit Stop: Sport Shots Tavern; Sunset Grill and Round Lake American Legion. All ayes: Carried.
Motion by Larson, second by Baumgard to approve the membership to Worthington Regional Economic Development Corporation (WREDC) for 2018. All ayes: Carried.
Motion by Larson, second by Baumgard to approve the payment of ½ of the property & liability insurance for the Round Lake Senior Center, potentially the final year the City will pay this. All ayes: Carried.
Motion by Habben, second by Cunningham to allow Clerk/Treasurer to pay bills as they are presented to City Hall for the year-end. All ayes: Carried.
Motion by Larson, second by Baumgard to approve the fire protection contracts with the townships. All ayes: Carried.
Motion by Baumgard, second by Cunningham to approve the engagement letter from Berg & Eisfeld Accounting, PLLP, the new City auditor for 2017, with the understanding that the fee will be similar to what we have paid in the past. All ayes: Carried.
Lance Dean had excessive water usage that was the result of a leaking outside faucet that leaked into the cistern, unbeknownst to them. Motion by Habben, second by Baumgard to allow Clerk to adjust amount due, similar to other emergency requests. All ayes: Carried.
Resolution No. 2017-12-07 – Repealing Resolution No. 2017-11-08 – Re-establishing a shared polling location. Re-establishing a combined polling location for the City of Round Lake and the Township of Indian Lake, Nobles County, Minnesota. Motion by Larson, second by Habben to approve the COMBINED polling location. All ayes: Carried.
Special Council Meeting will be on Tuesday, December 19th, at 6:15pm at City Hall.
City Hall will be closed on Monday, December 25th for Christmas Day.
City Hall will be closed on Monday, January 1st for New Year’s Day.
The next City Council meeting will be on January 10th, 2018 at 6:15pm at City Hall.
Motion by Habben, second by Baumgard to adjourn meeting. All ayes: Carried.
Meeting was adjourned at 8:12pm.