Lester Prairie City Council Minutes

Lester Prairie City Council
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
The Lester Prairie City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. Mayor Eric Angvall called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
Motion – Foust; Second – Messer; Carried – Unanimously; To accept and approve the December Minutes as submitted.
Motion – Hoof; Second – Dahl; Carried – Unanimously; To accept and approve the December Treasurer’s Report as submitted.
Motion – Foust; Second – Messer; Carried – Unanimously; To accept and approve the final 2017 actual budget as submitted.
Motion- Dahl; Second – Hoof; Carried – Unanimously; To have the Maple Street South sanitary sewer line televised and then based on the findings, reevaluate a utility restoration project for Maple Street South.
General consensus of the City Council was for a letter to be sent to Mr. Weise requesting his attendance at the February meeting to discuss his lack of compliance for the structure repair as agreed to in September.
Motion – Hoof; Second – Dahl; Carried – Unanimously; To approve the 2017 claims as paid in December.
Motion – Hoof; Second – Messer; Carried – Unanimously; To allow Bergen Township Board to continue to hold their meetings at city hall for another year at the rate of $45.00 per meeting with the understanding that there may be occasions when the requested meeting date will not work and will need to be rescheduled.
Motion – Hoof; Second – Foust; Carried – Unanimously; To approve the Fire Department Officers as voted on by the Fire Department members.
Councilman Hoof introduced the following resolution and moved for its adoption: RESOLUTION NO. 6-18 A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE SUBMISSION OF A DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY GRANT APPLICATION The foregoing motion was duly seconded by Councilman Messer and following discussion thereon, a vote was taken. Mayor Angvall declared Resolution No. 6-18 adopted by a unanimous vote this 9th day of January, 2018.
Motion – Angvall; Second – Dahl; Carried – Unanimously; To make the following appointments for 2018:
Acting Mayor – Larry Hoof
Assistant Weed Inspector & City Forester – Greg Mueller;
Emergency Management Director – Robert Carlson;
Official Newspaper – Herald~Journal;
Health Officer – Glencoe Regional Health Services;
Depositories – First Community Bank, Lester Prairie and 4M Fund (Municipal Money Market);
City Attorney: Gavin, Donley & Ostlund LLC
City Engineers: Bolton & Menk
Park Board Members – Troy Feltmann term expires December, 2019, Larry Roth term expires 2018, Chris Schultz term expires 2018, and Gene Starke term expires 2017;
Planning Commission Members – Merlin Mathews term expires 2019, and Fred Blaser term expires 2019; Jeremy Mullery term expires 2018 and Luke Meyer term expires 2018
Fire Department Officers – Chief 1 – Jim Hoof, Chief 2 – Dave Horsman, Chief 3 – Matt Tonn, Captain 1 – Scott Christenson, Captain 2 – Steve Dietel, Captain 3/Training Officer – Chris Bahr, Secretary – Shadd Dial, Treasurer – Paul Christensen;
Relief Association Officers – President – Josh Foust, Vice President – Wade Schultz, Secretary – Keith Christen, Treasurer – Matt Tonn.
Economic Development Authority – Councilman Ron Foust – 2018, Gordon Birkholz Jr. – 2019; Councilman Tim Dahl – 2020, Paul Christensen – 2021, Dean Perry – 2022
Councilman Dahl introduced the following resolution and moved for its adoption: RESOLUTION NO. 1-18 A RESOLUTION ALLOWING AUTOMOTIVE SERVICES AT ANDY’S BODY SHOP The foregoing motion was duly seconded by Councilman Hoof and following discussion thereon, a vote was taken. Mayor Angvall declared Resolution No. 1-28 adopted by a unanimous vote this 9th day of January, 2018.
Councilman Foust introduced the following resolution and moved for its adoption: RESOLUTION NO. 2-18 A RESOLUTION TO CONTRACT WITH AN INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR FOR TRANSCRIBING SERVICES FOR THE CITY OF LESTER PRAIRIE The foregoing motion was duly seconded by Councilman Messer and following discussion thereon, a vote was taken. Mayor Angvall declared Resolution No. 1-28 adopted by a unanimous vote this 9th day of January, 2018.
Motion – Foust; Second – Angvall; Carried – To increase the hourly rate to $15.30 per hour for Joan Kocourek based on the cost of living increase.
Motion – Hoof; Second – Dahl; Carried – Unanimously; To waive the sanitation fees for 140 Cedar Drive and 111 Third Avenue South as they have left for the winter and reinstate service once they return in the spring.
Councilman Dahl introduced the following resolution and moved for its adoption: RESOLUTION 4-18 A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CITY OF LESTER PRAIRIE TO UTILIZE SERVICES PROVIDED BY DAVID DROWN & ASSOCIATES. The foregoing motion was duly seconded by Councilman Hoof and following discussion thereon, a vote was taken. Mayor Angvall declared Resolution No. 4-18 adopted by a unanimous vote this 9th day of January, 2018.
Councilman Hoof introduced the following resolution and moved for its adoption: RESOLUTION 3-18 A RESOLUTION DESIGNATING POLLING PLACE The foregoing motion was duly seconded by Councilman Dahl and following discussion thereon, a vote was taken. Mayor Angvall declared Resolution 3-18 adopted by a unanimous vote this 9th day of January, 2018.
Councilman Dahl introduced the following resolution and moved for its adoption: RESOLUTION 5-18 A RESOLUTION TO INITIATE THE PROCESS TO REZONE CERTAIN PROPERTIES FROM B-1 to R-1 AND TO AMEND THE ZONING CODE ACCORDINGLY The foregoing motion was duly seconded by Councilman Foust and following discussion thereon, a vote was taken. Mayor Angvall declared Resolution No. 5-18 adopted by a unanimous vote this 9th day of January, 2018.
Motion – Hoof; Second – Messer; Carried – Unanimously; To continue to utilize and to designate Bolton & Menk as the engineering firm for the City of Lester Prairie.
Motion – Hoof; Second – Dahl; Carried – Unanimously; The City’s utility charges through the month of November, 2017, shall be abated for the property located at 28 Juniper Street North for the following reasons: this is commercial property that was owned by McLeod County and the State of Minnesota, the potential economic development of the property will outweigh the loss of utility revenue, if the City would have come into possession of the property, the costs would have been much greater for the City than the loss in utility revenue and getting the property back on the tax roll will be a bigger benefit to the City.
General consensus of the City Council was for Councilman Foust to keep the dialogue open regarding tree replacement along County Road 1 for both the church and City cemeteries and bring forth a plan to a future meeting. It is also understood this project would be done at no cost to the City.
Motion – Hoof; Second – Foust; Carried – Unanimously; To pay the claims as submitted.
Mayor Angvall adjourned the meeting at 8:15 p.m.
Marilyn L. Pawelk
City Clerk
Published in the Herald Journal Jan. 12, 2018.

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