2019 May 8th Meeting Minutes

The Round Lake City Council met in regular session on Wednesday, May 8th, 2019 at 6:15pm at City Hall.

Councilmembers present were Paul Cunningham, Jennifer Rehnelt, Walon Habben, Gary Larson and Mayor Douglas Knuth. Others present were, Derek Nelson and Lyschel Cannon with the Round Lake/Brewster Girl Scout Troop and Clerk Elaine Walker. Bruce Bentele was absent.

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

Motion by Habben, second by Cunningham to approve the agenda & the additions to the agenda: Gutters on City Hall, 2 building permits, AGCO’s pond, the overhead door openers and the bay lights in the fire hall. All ayes: Carried.

Motion by Larson, second by Rehnelt to approve the minutes from April 17th meeting and April 25th Board of Review meeting. All ayes: Carried.

Motion by Larson, second by Cunningham to pay bills and approve receipts as presented. All ayes: Carried.

Round Lake/Brewster Girl Scouts – The girls would like to put up a library box in the park. They will build and maintain the box, they would like the City to help with the installation. Once the box is in place they will take care of getting it registered and maintain it for at least one year. They plan to put two shelves in it and have adult and children books in it. It’s a give a book, take a book concept. Motion by Rehnelt, second by Habben to approve the library box installation at the Round Lake city park. All ayes: Carried.

Motion by Habben, second by Rehnelt to approve adjustment for excessive water use because of leaky water heater for Mendy File. All ayes: Carried.

James Feltman – Building permit to continue on with project and build the breezeway between new garage and his house, as was approved in first permit. Motion by Larson, second by Cunningham to approve. All ayes: Carried.

Motion by Habben, second by Rehnelt to have Clerk Elaine create a resolution to define the “meter charge” on the utility billing. It encompasses more than just the meter itself. Resolution will be approved at the next meeting in June. All ayes: Carried.

Mike Walker’s Culvert on Railroad Avenue – Mike provided the council with a drawing of the layout needed to drain the area where he wants a culvert at the end of his driveway and to dig out the City’s ditch. Motion by Habben, second by Larson to approve purchase of culvert to be installed at the end of the driveway and dig out ditches that have filled in with the road improvement and rural water installation. Approved with the understanding that the water flow will not create problems further down the line. All ayes: Carried.

Quotes for replacing pumps at the West Lift Station were tabled until next meeting.

Tri State Gutters suggested putting ice stops on the City shop and the lower building to avoid the ice hitting the air conditioning unit. The bid for gutters of $1490 was also accepted. Motion by Larson, second by Cunningham to have gutters and downspouts installed and check into the ice stops as well. All ayes: Carried.

James Adams – Building permit to build shed in back yard. Agreed to move location if necessary once Derek confirms where the gas line is located in his yard. Motion by Habben, second by Cunningham to approve with the agreement to move if necessary. All ayes: Carried.

Eugene Cleland – Building permit to put in dog fence. Tabled until clarified what type of fencing will be used. Clerk Elaine instructed to contact Eugene regarding the materials he plans to use and exact location of fence in relation to Minnie St.

AGCO needs to address the pond overflow issue. Council wants Bruce and Derek to contact Jeff at AGCO regarding this maintenance problem and have him take care of it.

Fire Hall needs overhead door openers put in and new bay lighting installed. Derek instructed to contact John Wilson regarding the lighting and Z Door Man about the openers. Door openers are also needed in the building shared by the fire department and the City.

Bruce has plans drawn up for the alley and Minnie St area at the end of 1st Ave. Culverts have been picked up and the catch basin for the corner of Minnie St and 1st Ave has been ordered.

Derek informed Council that the plans the vineyard has for their new building will most likely result in the need to have the gas lines relocated. This will be at the owners’ expense.

Southwest Minnesota Broadband Services (SMBS) – Discussion of getting the City of Round Lake and a couple of the other smaller balances due paid off to enable the SMBS to get some of the outstanding debt off the books for future grant request applications. More information is needed in order to make a decision on this. Councilmember Larson will ask more questions at the next SMBS meeting about the amendment that mentions renegotiating after 5 years, it’s only been a couple of years that the payments have been coming to the City. It would significantly reduce the amount of interest paid to the City and save SMBS money in the long run. Tabled until June 12th meeting.

City Hall will be closed on Monday, May 27th, 2019 for Memorial Day.

Next City Council meeting will be on Wednesday, June 12th, 2019 at 6:15pm in City Hall.

Motion to adjourn made by Habben, second by Larson. All ayes: Carried.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:28pm.