The Round Lake City Council held public hearings for the Business Subsidy Policy Revision and the Proposed Property Tax Abatement and Business Subsidy for New Vision Pork, LLP on Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 at 6:15pm at City Hall. The regular Council meeting was held immediately after the hearings. Councilmembers present were Court Baumgard, Walon Habben, Gary Larson and Mayor Douglas Knuth. Absent from the meeting was Paul Cunningham. Others present were Dr. Chad Hastad and Vince Baack representing New Fashion Pork, Doug and Becky Strandberg, Martin Waage, Jr., Linda Koning, Mark Nelson, Jeff Dean representing Crystal Valley Coop, Rusty Fifield representing Northland Securities, Bruce Bentele and Clerk Elaine Walker. Derek Nelson was absent.
Mayor Douglas Knuth opened the public hearing for the Business Subsidy Policy Revision at 6:15pm. Rusty Fifield informed those in attendance why the Business Subsidy Policy was outdated and needed to be revised. There were no questions asked.
Mayor Douglas Knuth closed the public hearing for the Business Subsidy Policy Revision at 6:19pm.
Mayor Douglas Knuth opened the public hearing for the Proposed Property Tax Abatements and Business Subsidy for New Fashion Pork at 6:19pm. Rusty Fifield explained that the amount of the tax abatements over the course of the agreement request would be large enough to be considered a business subsidy rather than just a tax abatement. State statutes dictate when it is necessary to handle a request as a business subsidy and this was necessary for New Fashion Pork’s tax abatement request.
Martin Waage, Jr. asked where the money would be coming from to cover the business subsidy for New Fashion Pork, LLP and Rusty explained that it would be considered when creating the 2020 budget for the tax levy. No further questions were asked.
Mayor Douglas Knuth closed the public hearing for the Proposed Property Tax Abatements and Business Subsidy for New Fashion Pork, LLP at 6:34pm.
The regular meeting was called to order at 6:34pm.
Motion by Baumgard, second by Larson to approve the agenda. All ayes: Carried.
Motion by Larson, second by Habben to approve the minutes from the March 13th, 2018 meeting. All ayes: Carried.
Motion by Larson, second by Baumgard to approve the bills and receipts as presented with the correction to the check #20729, original amount included tax and Bruce pointed it out to Clerk Elaine and the correction was made prior to printing the checks, new total is $180.00. All ayes: Carried.
Resolution No. 2018-04-11(1) – Modifying Business Subsidy Criteria, motion was made by Baumgard, second by Larson to approve. All ayes: Carried.
Resolution No. 2018-04-11(2) – Approving Property Tax Abatements for New Fashion Pork, LLP, motion was made by Larson, second by Baumgard to approve. All ayes: Carried.
Resolution No. 2018-04-11(3) – Approving Development Agreement and Business Subsidy for New Fashion Pork, LLP, motion by Baumgard, second by Habben. All ayes: Carried.
Motion by Baumgard, second by Habben to approve the development and tax abatement with New Fashion Pork, LLP contingent on acquisition of the Crystal Valley Co-Op property. All ayes: Carried.
Motion by Habben, second by Baumgard to have attorney Mark Shepherd draw up a lease agreement to lease a portion of the land by the ballfield bathrooms for Crystal Valley Co-Op to have the trailer office temporarily parked while the construction of the new addition and office is being done. They will provide liability insurance and maintain the bathrooms while leasing the land. They agree to purchase the hot water heater for use in the bathrooms. The fee for this lease will be $125.00 monthly. All ayes: Carried.
Crystal Valley Co-Op would like to talk to the City about the triangle of land (parcel #28-032-000) that the survey shows may belong to the City. They are willing to Quit Claim Deed this parcel to the City. The Council doesn’t feel it belongs to the City and does not want it. Suggested they contact neighboring property owner instead.
Jim Feltman – Building permit to build addition on existing house and connected garage, after removing existing steel shed on the property. Contingent on the City posting “No Trucks” signs when the alley is too soft due to rain or thawing and Jim agreeing not to drive the truck on the alley when signs are posted. Motion by Larson, second by Baumgard to approve. All ayes: Carried.
2017 Audit Presentation was tabled. Request that the meeting be continued on April 26th to have the presentation completed by month end.
Keith Tordsen was in City Hall questioning the values of the land he owns on 3 parcels. Tabled as he did not attend the meeting.
Southwest Minnesota Broadband Services – April 1st Roku is available to the customers. The current TV offering will end July 14th. KSFY offering was being negotiated. Clerk Elaine was asked to have Travis come to the May meeting.
Bruce Bentele – Jaycox has used auger attachment with multiple bits for sale. Motion by Larson, second by Baumgard to purchase the auger kit at this time rather than wait. All ayes: Carried.
Spring Cleanup will be on Tuesday, April 24th, 2018 and will be done by Schaap Sanitation again this year.
Board of Review will be at City Hall on Thursday, April 26th, 2018 at 2:30pm.
This meeting will be continued on Thursday, April 26th, 2018 at 3:30pm. 2017 Audit presentation, building permits for New Fashion Pork, LLP and Crystal Valley Co-Op will be considered. Motion by Habben, second by Larson to continue this meeting. All ayes: Carried.
Meeting to be continued at 7:45pm.