Lester Prairie City Council Minutes
|LESTER PRAIRIE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
November 15, 2016
Pursuant to public notice of the date and time change, the Lester Prairie City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, November 15, 2016. Mayor Angvall called the meeting to order at 6:45 p.m.. The purpose of the date and time change was due to the November Election and for the City Council to meet as Canvassing Board.
Clerk Pawelk presented the election judges report and the Abstract of Votes cast for the precinct as complied from the official returns. She noted the difference from the preliminary information they received and the official report was due to the absentee ballots received by McLeod County. There were 47 absentee ballots. In total, there were 941 persons registered as of 7 a.m. on November 8. 147 persons registered on Election Day and 889 people voted. Of that, the total votes cast for Mayor, were 660 for Eric Angvall and 92 write-in votes for other persons. For City Councilmembers, 4 year terms, 634 votes were cast for Tim Dahl and 601 votes cast for Bob Messer, with an additional 17 write-in votes for other persons. There were no questions regarding the results.
Clerk Pawelk also informed the City Council that it was suggested by one of the election judges to increase the hourly compensation from the current $ 10.00 per hour to the $ 15.00 hour range. Also, a sandwich board should be purchased that can be put on the sidewalk to remind people to vote and more election booths should be obtained.
Discussion took place.
Motion Foust; Second Hoof; Carried Unanimously; To accept and certify as correct the election judge’s report of the 889 votes cast and declare the results of the City Election held on November 8, 2016, as presented.
Motion Dahl; Second Hoof; Carried Unanimously; To allow use of the City’s main park for Music in the Park during the months of May and June as requested.
General consensus of the City Council was for Adam Birkholz to contact Darian Litzau and discuss the culvert removal issue with him and the Maintenance Department as currently the City’s stand is they did not request removal of the culver, only approval to clean out sediment from the ditch to County Road 9. The issue was tabled to the December meeting.
Motion Foust; Second Messer; Carried Unanimously; To accept and approve the November Minutes as submitted.
Motion Hoof; Second Dahl; Carried Unanimously; To accept and approve the November Treasurer’s Report as submitted.
Motion Dahl; Second Messer; Carried Unanimously; To approve the Park Board submitting a Twins Community Fund Grant application for baseball field resurfacing and dug outs.
Mayor Angvall introduced the following Ordinance and moved for its adoption: ORDINANCE NO. 330 AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE WATER AND SEWER RATES IN THE CITY OF LESTER PRAIRIE AND AMENDING THE MUNICIPAL CODE ACCORDINGLY
The foregoing motion was duly seconded by Councilman Hoof and following discussion thereon, a vote was taken. Mayor Angvall declared Ordinance No. 330 adopted by a unanimous vote this 15th day of November, 2016.
General consensus was that Councilmen Dahl and Foust will work with Chief Carlson on the solicitor/peddler license requirements and ordinance amendment and bring information back to the December meeting.
At 7:30 p.m., Mayor Angvall opened the public hearing regarding the formation of an Economic Development Authority (EDA) for the City of Lester Prairie. Adam Birkholz presented information stating the purpose of an EDA is to promote economic, commercial, housing and/or industrial development and redevelopment for the City.
Those wishing to speak were allowed to do so.
Mayor Angvall closed the public hearing.
Councilman Dahl introduced the following resolution and moved for its adoption: RESOLUTION 32-16 A RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING THE LESTER PRAIRIE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY UNDER MINNESOTA STATUTES, SECTIONS 469.090 THROUGH 469.1082 The foregoing motion was duly seconded by Councilman Messer and following discussion thereon, a vote was taken. Mayor Angvall declared Resolution No. 32-16 adopted by a unanimous vote this 15th day of November, 2016.
Motion Angvall; Second Hoof; Carried Unanimously; To authorize Adam Birkholz to present a list of potential EDA board members and if he feels there is a need, to advertise for members.
Motion Foust; Second Hoof; Carried Unanimously; To authorize the final payment to Ellingson Companies in the amount of $20,943.37 and to close out the Second Avenue North Storm Sewer Project.
Motion Foust; Second Dahl, Carried Unanimously; To approve of the Off Sale Non-Intoxicating Liquor License to Casey’s General Stores.
Motion Hoof; Second Messer; Carried Unanimously; To inform McLeod County Planning & Zoning that the City does not have any objection to the preliminary/final plat for the Holasek-Heigl Subdivision.
Motion Hoof; Second Messer; Carried Unanimously; To authorize the purchase of a trickle battery charger with the cost not to exceed $460.00.
Motion Foust; Second Messer; Carried Unanimously; To enter into an Assessment Agreement with McLeod County at the cost of $6,408.00 for 2017.
Motion Hoof; Second Messer; Carried Unanimously; to waive the sanitation service fees for the properties at 200 Juniper Street South as the owner is in the nursing home and at 63 Central Avenue as they are gone for the winter.
Councilman Messer introduced the following resolution and moved for its adoption: RESOLUTION NO. 33-16 A RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING VARIOUS RENTAL FEES AND CHARGES The foregoing motion was duly seconded by Councilman and following discussion thereon, a vote was taken. Mayor Angvall declared Resolution No. 33-16 adopted by a majority vote this 15th day of November, 2016.
At 8:00 p.m., Mayor Angvall opened the public hearing regarding the formation and adoption of a Stormwater Utility Fee. Adam Birkholz explained to those in attendance that the purpose of a stormwater utility fee is to help defray the costs of small storm sewer projects, to build up funds for larger stormwater projects and the increased mandates. Those in attendance wishing to speak were allowed to do so. Being no further discussion, Mayor Angvall closed the public hearing.
Motion Hoof; Second Dahl; Carried Unanimously; To proceed with the implementation of a stormwater utility fee.
Motion Dahl; Second Foust; Carried Unanimously; To stand by the previous decision to not make any adjustments to the utility bill for Lot 17 at 900 Second Avenue South.
General consensus was for further discussion to take place at the December meeting regarding health insurance allotment and coverage for employees however, department heads should look within their budgets to determine what shifts could be made so a change could be made to increase the insurance allotment.
Motion Hoof; Second Messer; Carried Unanimously; To pay the claims submitted.
Mayor Angvall adjourned the meeting at 8:55 p.m.
Marilyn L. Pawelk
Published in the Herald Journal Nov. 21, 2016.