The Round Lake City Council met in regular session on Wednesday, May 9th, 2018 at 6:15pm at City Hall.
Councilmembers present were Paul Cunningham, Court Baumgard, Walon Habben, Gary Larson and Mayor Douglas Knuth. Others present were Martin Waage, Jr., Travis Thies – Southwest Minnesota Broadband Services, Linda Koning, Bruce Bentele, Derek Nelson and Clerk Elaine Walker.
Meeting was called to order at 6:15pm.
Additions to the agenda: Southwest Minnesota Broadband SW Stream presentation, alley between 1st and 2nd Avenue drainage problem, New Fashion Pork.
Motion by Baumgard, second by Cunningham to approve agenda and additions to the agenda. All ayes: Carried.
Motion by Habben, second by Larson to approve the minutes from April 11th and April 26th Board of Review and continuation of April 11th meeting. All ayes: Carried.
Motion by Larson, second by Cunningham to approve bills, receipts and claims to be paid as presented. All ayes: Carried.
Motion by Habben, second by Baumgard to approve the transfer of funds from the Electric Fund to the following funds, per the recommendations made by Kim Eisfeld at the April 26th meeting during the 2018 Audit Presentation, to eliminate the deficit balances: $728,778.17 to the General Fund, $958,412.54 to the Water Fund and $60,596.99 to the Sewer Fund. All ayes: Carried.
Motion by Larson, second by Cunningham to transfer funds from the savings account for the Fire Department, as recommended by Kim Eisfeld to eliminate the deficit balance in the amount of $3,038.81 to the Fire Fund. All ayes: Carried.
Motion by Baumgard, second by Cunningham to adjust the starting balances as recommended by Kim Eisfeld to reflect the adjusting entries made during the audit process. All ayes: Carried.
Motion by Larson, second by Cunningham to reclassify in the Electric Fund the Due from Gas Fund to a Transfer from Gas Fund in the amount of $451.498.00 and to reclassify in the Gas Fund the Due To Electric Fund to a Transfer to Electric Fund in the amount of $451,498.00, as recommended by Kim Eisfeld. All ayes: Carried.
Ned Jones brought the bond for the Fire Department up to Clerk Elaine, it is for $60,000 of coverage and should really be for the amount that is in the bank accounts plus the investments. Treasurer, Dennis Bucholz gave an approximate value of these accounts to equal around $300,000. Current cost of the bond is $4.68 per $1,000 worth of coverage for a total of $281.00 annually. Ned will get an exact quote for increased coverage after the officers of the Fire Relief Association have a chance to fill out the application forms. Clerk Elaine was asked to clarify why the Council needs to approve, is the City paying the premiums or the Fire Relief Association? Tabled until more information is available.
Marty Waage, Jr wanted to let the Council know he was upset about his building that he had to build on Main Street rather than on his property, due to the wrong building codes being enforced. Council asked him to research what year he built his building to see if it was indeed the wrong information.
Clerk Elaine was instructed to talk to the County about the empty lot where the former café building was located, when can we purchase it and if they will be adding more dirt or leveling what is currently there.
The Daily Globe contacted Mayor Knuth to do a follow-up interview regarding the New Fashion Pork, LLP purchase of the Crystal Valley Co-Op property. Mayor Knuth said he would like to have New Fashion Pork, LLP do the next interview and he would be willing to add to that.
Bruce Bentele shared that a couch was left at the burn site. Discussion was focused on getting cameras posted to hopefully stop the illegal dumping of items that are not allowed in our burn site, per the DNR. Council instructed Bruce to research prices and functionality of two cameras.
Derek Nelson presented information from the 2018 Safety Awareness Study phone survey that was performed in April and Northern Natural Gas info on West Leg 2018 Open Season. Motion by Baumgard, second by Habben not to approve moving forward with the Open Season. All ayes: Carried.
City Hall will be closed on Monday, May 28th, 2018 for Memorial Day.
Next Council Meeting will be Wednesday, June 13th, 2018 at 6:15pm, at City Hall.
Motion by Habben, second by Baumgard to adjourn. All ayes: Carried. Meeting was adjourned at 7:39pm.