Lester Prairie City Council Minutes

Lester Prairie City Council
April 14, 2015
The Lester Prairie City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. Mayor Heimerl called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
Motion – Foust; Second – Messer; Carried – Unanimously; To accept and approve the March Minutes as submitted.
Motion – Angvall; Second – Messer; Carried – Unanimously; To accept and approve the March Treasurer’s Report as submitted.
Motion – Foust; Second – Heimerl; Carried – Unanimously; To have Councilman Foust make arrangements to have the wooden fence removed from the City’s property at 100 Maple Street South.
Motion – Foust; Second – Messer; Carried – Unanimously; To authorize Jerry’s Transmission to sandblast and paint the small fire truck tanker at the cost of $4,400.00.
Motion – Messer; Second – Foust; Carried – Unanimously; To allow the Youth for Christ organization to sponsor and conduct a Go Cart Event during Prairie Days.
Motion – Heimerl; Second – Foust; Carried – Unanimously; To approve the requested road closures for Prairie Days.
Motion – Heimerl; Second – Messer; Carried – Unanimously; To accept the Prairie Days items as submitted.
Motion – Heimerl Second – Messer; Carried – Unanimously; To authorize the purchase of 22 chairs from Belson Outdoors at the cost of $2,342.00 as requested.
General consensus of the City Council was that only full time department heads or Councilmembers can approve purchases.
Motion – Angvall; Second – Foust; Carried – Unanimously; To authorize the purchase of street name signs, as quoted from MR Sign Company, at the cost of $3,815.70.
Motion – Foust; Second – Angvall; Carried – Unanimously; To set the family pool pass rate at $40.00 for the first person and increase the additional family member to $30.00 per person.
Motion – Heimerl; Second – Angvall; Carried – Unanimously; To allow the purchase of four softball field in ground mount benches, with the funds taken from the certificate ear marked for benches.
Motion – Foust; Second – Heimerl; Carried – Unanimously; To authorize the purchase of five field name signs at the cost of $220.00 from HJ Marketing & Media.
Motion – Heimerl; Second – Foust; Carried – Unanimously; To authorize the replacement of the basketball backboard at the cost of $996.00.
Motion – Messer; Second – Heimerl; Carried – Unanimously; To sponsor the Cockadoodle Zoo animal show during Prairie Days at the cost of $375.00.
Motion – Heimerl; Second – Messer; Carried – Unanimously; To take 6-10 tables from city hall to the enclosed park shelter and Clerk Pawelk is to bring information regarding table replacement at city hall to the May meeting.
Motion – Angvall; Second – Heimerl; Carried – Unanimously; To appoint Kelli Machemehl and Larry Burandt to the Trail Committee and accept the resignation of Sarah Heuer.
Mayor Heimerl recessed the meeting at 8:03 p.m.
Mayor Heimerl reconvened the meeting at 8:10 p.m.
General consensus of the City Council was to take Mr. Ehrke’s request under advisement, review the information, look at the options, discuss it with staff and determine if current staff will operate the equipment. The intent is to make a decision as to how to proceed at the May meeting.
Motion – Heimerl; Second – Messer; Carried – Unanimously; To deny the claim from Jerry Robinson, in the amount of $170.00, for a sewer blockage, which occurred on or approximately March 15, 2015.
Motion – Heimerl; Second – Messer; Carried – To enter into an agreement with Clarke Environmental Mosquito Management for the 2015 season at the cost of $5,712.00.
Motion – Angvall; Second – Foust; Carried – Unanimously; To hire the following summer staff: Nathan Anderson, Maintenance; Lifeguards – Taylor Kriz, Emma Leverich, Morgan Roush, Harley Hentges, Abbi Schultz and Blair Jilek. Carissa Bull will be hired as an “on call” lifeguard. April Lee as Manager and Morgan Roush will serve as Assistant Manager.
Motion – Angvall; Second – Heimerl; Carried – Unanimously; To advertise for part-time police officers.
Mayor Heimerl introduced the following resolution and moved for its adoption: RESOLUTION NO. 12-15 A RESOLUTION AWARDING SEAL COATING WORK FOR THE CITY OF LESTER PRAIRIE The motion was duly seconded by Councilman Messer and following discussion thereon, a vote was taken. Mayor Heimerl declared Resolution No.12-15 adopted by a unanimous vote this 14th day of April, 2015.
Councilman Foust introduced the following resolution and moved for its adoption: RESOLUTION NO. 13-15 A RESOLUTION AWARDING CONCRETE WORK FOR THE CITY OF LESTER PRAIRIE The foregoing motion was duly seconded by Mayor Heimerl and following discussion thereon, a vote was taken. Mayor Heimerl declared Resolution No. 13-15 adopted by a unanimous vote this 14th day of April, 2015.
Motion – Heimerl; Second – Messer; Carried – Unanimously; To approve the CPI-U .8% rate increase to People Service based on the agreement.
General consensus of the City Council was they did not have any objections to the variance request as submitted by Robert Nelson in Section 10 of Bergen Township to reduce the required front yard setback from 40’ to 10’ and reduce the required side yard setback from 20’ to 10’ to construct a detached accessory building.
Motion – Heimerl; Second – Foust; Carried – Unanimously; To allow the After Prom Committee to close off Second Avenue North between Hickory Street and Fir Street the night of April 25th.
General consensus of the City Council was to keep the week day hours the same and to adjust the Saturday hours to 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Motion – Angvall; Second – Foust; Carried – Unanimously; To approve the three month actual budget as presented.
General consensus of the City Council was if the tree died during transplanting, the City would replace the Oak tree with another Oak tree.
General consensus of the City Council was to give the remaining 25 folding chairs to the Ambassador Program should they want them with the stipulation they will have to remove them from city hall and find a place to store them.
Motion – Angvall; Second – Messer; Carried – Unanimously; To pay the claims as submitted.
Mayor Heimerl announced to the City Council he will be resigning his position as Mayor effective June 1, 2015. He has purchased a home outside the city limits. He suggested the City Council consider individuals to appoint to the City Council or as Mayor so it can be addressed at the May meeting.
Mayor Heimerl adjourned the meeting at 8:54 p.m.
Marilyn L. Pawelk
City Clerk-Treasurer
Published in the Herald Journal April 20, 2015.

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