Lester Prairie City Council Minutes

Lester Prairie City Council Minutes
July 11, 2017
The Lester Prairie City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. Acting Mayor Hoof called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
Motion – Foust; Second – Dahl; Carried – Unanimously; To accept and approve the June Minutes as submitted.
Motion – Messer; Second – Dahl; Carried – Unanimously; To accept and approve the June Treasurer’s Report as submitted.
Motion – Dhal; Second – Messer; Carried – Unanimously; To accept the $1,235.00 Community Partnership Grant funds from Center Point Energy with the funds to be used toward the purchase and replacement of a police squad radar unit.
Motion – Foust; Second – Messer; Carried – To enter into an interlocal contract agreement with HGACBuy for cooperative purchasing and to evaluate bid responses for a fire truck..
Motion – Dahl; Second – Foust; Carried – Unanimously; To accept the resignation of Justin Thompson from the Lester Prairie Fire Department and to accept Joshua Lamp as a member of the Fire Department.
General consensus was that at season end, Mrs. Shimanski should put in a request for needed equipment, as well as, make a proposal for any changes she would like to see implemented for 2018. Also, an inventory of the equipment should be made as to what is available, what needs to be replaced and a contract agreement should be prepared for 2018.
Motion - Foust; Second – Messer; Carried – Unanimously; To have Police Chief Carlson advertise for the hiring of part-time police officers.
Motion – Foust; Second – Messer; Carried – Unanimously; In an effort to promote the City, the City Council would pay for the Ambassadors sashes this year.
General consensus of the City Council was they do want to establish a health insurance plan for fulltime employees. They will consider offering cash in lieu option for current employees that do not want a health insurance plan but that will not be an option for future employees. Employees will not be able to switch back and forth from an insurance plan to a cash in lieu option and up to a 50% dependent coverage will also be considered.
Motion – Dahl; Second – Messer; Carried – Unanimously; To not take the one time option of repaying the MN Department of Employee and Economic Development back 20% of the funds from the Revolving Loan Fund but rather retain the money.
General consensus of the City Council was to deny Stephen Bennett use of an unlicensed Gator on City streets during Prairie Days as it is against State Statute.
General consensus of the City Council was close the Frisbee Golf Course as of noon on Saturday, July 15 in order to keep the safety blast zone clear for the fireworks setup. No directive will be given to the Police Department regarding open containers, they will have to use their discretion.
Motion – Dahl; Second – Foust; Carried – Unanimously; To approve of the issuance of an Off Sale Liquor License by the State of MN to Amy Gatz for the property at 282 Babcock Avenue.
Motion – Foust; Second – Messer; Carried – Unanimously; To accept and approve the six month actual budget as presented.
Clerk Pawelk reminded the City Council of the workshop on July 25th at 6:30 p.m. to work on the 2018 budget. The workshop will begin with the Fire Department and Township meeting and then continue with work on the budget.
Motion – Dahl; Second – Messer; Carried – Unanimously; To pay the claims as submitted.
Acting Mayor Hoof adjourned the meeting at 9:12 p.m.
Marilyn L. Pawelk
City Clerk-Treasurer
Items not included in the above summary version are notices, communications, reports, and discussions regarding water drainage issues in the Prairie Ridge Development.
Published in the Herald Journal July 21, 2017.

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