Lester Prairie City Council Minutes

JANUARY 9, 2008
Pursuant to public notice, the Lester Prairie City Council met in special session on Wednesday, January 9 , 2008. Mayor Angvall called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
The purpose of said special session was to obtain public input regarding City administration and police department space needs. Mayor Angvall opened the meeting and requested those in attendance to stand and say the Pledge of Allegiance. He also commented that the decision to include the downtown park for discussion at this meeting was a decision made by the City Council and not his alone as indicated on the notices. He then introduced Tom Thelen from the League of MN Cities, who would serve as moderator
Chief Carlson provided an overview of the City’s growth in housing and population, staff, records and storage. He also discussed the current layout of the Police Office.
Those in attendance wishing to speak, ask questions, make comments were allowed to do so.
After just under two hours of discussion and comments, it was suggested a vote be taken of those in attendance as to how many would be in favor of purchasing the old medical clinic for approximately $150,000.00 (with no remodeling). Mr. Thelen asked for a show of hands. Thirty-one attendees were in favor of this option.
A request was made for a showing of hands if $300,000.00 was spent on the old medical clinic, which would allow for remodeling and no hands were raised.
A request for showing of hands to remodel the current police office and city hall (for office storage) at a cost of approximately $13,000.00 and 28 people raised their hands.
Lastly a request for a showing of hands to construct a brand new facility to accommodate all departments and 21 people raised their hands.
It being after 9 p.m., Clerk Pawelk requested the meeting move forward for input regarding the proposed downtown park and many people left the meeting.
Ralph Machemehl spoke to the crowd and stated that a licensed engineer would be needed as the cost of the project is over $50,000.00. The project was scaled down from approximately $103,500.00 to $99,000.00.
Question was raised as to how $99,000.00 could be spent on a park and why there seemed to be a problem for city and police expansion.
Jerry Pawelk stated that there would not be a tax impact to the residents as $60,000.00 would be taken from the Park Fund balance and $10,000.00 would be budgeted yearly in order to complete the project. He also noted there was a $10,000.00 donation made by the Prairie Days Committee to the project and there will be other in-kind donations.
No additional discussion took place.
Mayor Angvall adjourned the meeting at 9:30 p.m.
Marilyn L. Pawelk
City Clerk-Treasurer
Published in the Herald Journal Jan. 21, 2008.

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