Lester Prairie City Council Minutes

Lester Prairie City Council
October 11, 2016
The Lester Prairie City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, October 11, 2016. Mayor Angvall called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
Motion – Foust; Second – Hoof; Carried – Unanimously; To accept and approve the September Minutes as submitted.
Motion – Hoof; Second – Dahl; Carried – Unanimously; To accept and approve the September Treasurer’s Report as submitted.
General consensus of the City Council was to conduct a public meeting to allow public input regarding a stormwater utility fee during their November meeting and have City Engineer Jake Saulsbury in attendance to present the information and answer any questions that may arise.
Councilman Hoof introduced the following resolution and moved for its adoption: RESOLUTION 30-16 A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE CITY OF LESTER PRAIRIE TO ENTER INTO A SOLAR GARDEN SUBSCRIPTION AGREEMENT WITH ANDROMEDA CSG2, LLC. The foregoing motion was duly seconded by Councilman Dahl and following discussion thereon, a vote was taken. Mayor Angvall declared Resolution No. 30-16 adopted by a majority vote this 11th day of October, 2016.
Motion – Foust; Second – Messer; Carried – Unanimously; To award the 2016-2017 snow removal work to Litzau Excavating.
Motion – Dahl; Second – Hoof; Carried – Unanimously; To authorize the sanitation service be suspended for the five properties as requested.
Motion – Dahl; Second - Hoof; Carried – Unanimously; To schedule the Truth in Taxation Public Hearing for December 13, 2016, at 6:45 P.M.
At 7:30 p.m., Mayor Angvall opened the Special Assessment public hearing. Clerk Pawelk stated there were five properties with unpaid utility bills. Of those five properties, one has been paid in full, a written objection was received for another property and there was no communication received for three of the properties.
Being no other input, Mayor Angvall closed the public hearing at 7:35 p.m.
General consensus was to remove the assessments for the property at 28 Oak Street North as the past due bill has been paid in full. To not make any adjustments in the assessment for the property at 101 Central Avenue and to accept and approve the remaining assessments as presented.
Councilman Foust introduced and moved for its adoption the following motion: RESOLUTION NO. 31-16 A RESOLUTION ADOPTING ASSESSMENT FOR UNPAID BILLS The foregoing motion was duly seconded by Councilman Dahl and following discussion thereon, a vote was taken. Mayor Angvall declared Resolution No. 31-16 adopted by a unanimous vote this 11th day of October, 2016.
General consensus of the City Council was for City staff Adam Birkholz and Greg Mueller, along with the Park Board, to work towards forming a committee and putting together a plan and budget for public tree treatment of the Emerald Ash Borer.
Motion – Angvall, Second – Messer; Carried – Unanimously; To approve the use of land at Sunrise Nature Park for a Prairie Restoration plot and to authorize City staff to work with Mike Bjork to locate and prep the site and support his efforts.
General consensus of the City Council was for Police Chief Carlson to work on a solicitor/peddler ordinance update for the November meeting.
Motion – Dahl; Second – Hoof; Carried – Unanimously; To accept and approve the third quarter actual budget as presented.
General consensus of the City Council was for Clerk Pawelk to put together several scenarios for the water and sewer rates and provide the information at the November meeting.
General consensus of the City Council was to meet at 6:45 p.m. on November 15th with the regular meeting to follow.
Motion – Dhal; Second – Foust; Carried – The assessment for arrears will remain for the property at 101 Central Avenue. Water will not be restored to the property until the utility bill is brought to current status and garbage service will not be waived.
General consensus of the City Council was to move forward with the formation of an Economic Development Authority (EDA) and schedule a public hearing for the November 15th meeting.
General consensus of the City Council was they would not authorize any expenditure at this time to assist the property owner at 412 Second Avenue North with the renovation or relocation of his shed.
Motion – Foust; Second – Messer; Carried – Not to waive the sewer charges for the property at 900 Second Avenue South, Lot 18.
Motion – Hoof; Second – None; Motion – Died for lack of a second. To waive the damage deposit for the Fire Department Relief Association holiday gathering.
General consensus of the City Council was that Clerk Pawelk would have to request the damage deposit from the Fire Department Relief Association for use of city hall in order to maintain consistency with the rental policy.
Motion – Foust; Second – Messer; Carried – Unanimously; To retain $ 150.00 of the damage deposit from the renters of Friday, October 7th.
General consensus of the City Council was for Clerk Pawelk to obtain additional information from Tom Sullivan regarding the Iron Man Bike Race on April 30th and what the actual use of the building would be for the event. Also there is concern since some bike racers have special bottom shoes and that could cause damage to the floor. The City will still require the rental and damage deposit.
Motion – Messer; Second – Hoof; Carried – Unanimously; To authorize Councilman Messer to purchase spruce tips for placement at the City’s entrance signs with the cost not to exceed $225.00.
Motion – Hoof; Second – Messer; Carried – Unanimously; To pay the claims as submitted.
Mayor Angvall adjourned the meeting at 9:38 p.m.
Marilyn L. Pawelk,
City Clerk-Treasurer
The above is a summary version of the October 11th, 2016, Lester Prairie City Council meeting. The Minutes may be viewed in their entirety at the City Clerk’s Office during normal business hours. Items not included in the above are notices, communications, reports, complaints, discussions, detailed resolutions and listing of claims.
Published in the Herald Journal Oct. 17, 2016.

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