Lester Prairie City Council Minutes

Lester Prairie City Council Minutes
March 10, 2015
Pursuant to public notice, the Lester Prairie City Council met for a workshop beginning at 6:00 p.m. The purpose of the workshop was to meet with Gary Weiers from David Drown & Associates to facilitate a planning effort designed to determine the need of an administrative position.
Mayor Heimerl called the regular meeting of the City Council to order at 7:00 p.m.
Motion – Foust; Second – Hoof; Carried – Unanimously; To accept and approve the February Minutes as submitted.
Motion – Angvall; Second – Messer; Carried – Unanimously; To accept and approve the February Treasurer’s Report as submitted.
County Commissioner Ron Shimanski was present to inform the City Council on the State of McLeod County. He updated them on the status of various projects the County is working on, as well as, the plans to create a county wide trail committee
Motion – Foust; Second – Messer; Carried – Unanimously; To approve the annual bike race, as organized by Mike Delaney, for Sunday, May 24th.
General consensus was that once Councilman Angvall received clarification from the solar company, a decision will be made whether to pay the $250.00 Engineering fee to Xcel Energy or not.
Motion – Heimerl; Second – Messer; Carried – Unanimously; To approve the following: the rate for swimming lessons will increase to $40.00; water aerobics will increase to $5.00 per time; pool rentals will be $75.00 for up to 50 people and an additional $25.00 for each additional 25 people; season pass prices will remain the same; if the pool is closed at 1:00 p.m. due to weather, opening will be reconsidered at 3:30 and open at 4:00 p.m. if staffing is available; starting wage for pool staff will be at $ 9.00/hr and the remaining pool staff will receive a $.75/hr. increase, except for the pool manager. The pool manager, compost site monitors and summer maintenance person will receive a $.50/hr wage increase.
Motion – Heimerl; Second – Messer; Carried; To become a member of the Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota and made a $250.00 contribution with the money coming from the Park Budget.
Motion – Angvall; Second – Messer; Carried – The Park Board should work with the Maintenance Department to be sure the placement of a batting tunnel by the Water Treatment Facility will not create any issues in that area and accept the donation of a batting tunnel.
Motion – Messer; Second – Hoof; Carried – To contract with Earl Heldt Painting & Contracting to replace the face board on the north and south sides of the enclosed shelter and apply a Peel Bond Primer at the cost of $2,915.00.
Mayor Heimerl requested a purchase order system implemented. A policy/procedure will need to be established and the subject was tabled until a future meeting.
General consensus of the City Council was to do nothing with the cable equipment at this time.
General consensus of the City Council was for Clerk Pawelk to check to see if Gary Weiers of David Drown & Associates can attend another workshop on April 7th at 7 p.m.
Motion – Heimerl; Second – Messer; Carried – Unanimously; To authorize Clerk Pawelk to purchase 148 chairs and two upright carts from School Outfitters at the cost of $4,422.00.
Motion – Hoof; Second – Angvall; Carried – Unanimously; Under no circumstances are the new chairs to be removed from the city hall.
Motion – Heimerl; Second – Hoof; Carried – Unanimously; As a budget saving measure, give 100 chairs and two carts to the Fire Department.
Motion -Heimerl Second – Hoof; Carried – Unanimously; To authorize the Police Department to purchase a rifle and have Officer Thiry attend the training.
Motion – Heimerl Second – Foust; Carried – Unanimously; To stay with the regular premium rate for Worker’s Compensation Insurance as the savings are not substantial enough for the City to take the risk.
Motion – Foust; Second – Hoof; Carried – Unanimously; To waive the $371.00 additional sewer charge for the water leak at 131 Maple Street North however, the City will not waive any further charges.
Mayor Heimerl introduced the following resolution and moved for its adoption: RESOLUTION NO. 11-15 A RESOLUTION AMENDING THE RECOGNITION POLICY FOR THE CITY OF LESTER PRAIRIE The foregoing motion was duly seconded by Councilman Messer and following discussion thereon, a vote was taken. Mayor Heimerl declared Resolution No. 11-15 adopted by a unanimous vote this 10th day of March, 2015
Motion - Hoof; Second – Messer; Carried – Unanimously; To pay the claims as submitted , including the HJ Marketing & Media invoice pulled in February.
Mayor Heimerl adjourned the meeting at 8:58 p.m.
Marilyn L. Pawelk
City Clerk-Treasurer
The above is a summary version of the March 10th, 2015, Lester Prairie City Council Minutes. Items included in the above report are notices, communications, discussions, detailed resolution and claims. The Minutes may be viewed at the City Clerk’s Office during normal business hours.
Published in the Herald Journal March 23, 2015.

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