Lester Prairie City Council Minutes

Lester Prairie Council Minutes November 13, 2018
Pursuant to public notice of the time change, the Lester Prairie City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, November 13, 2018. Mayor Angvall called the meeting to order at 6:45 p.m.. The purpose of the time change was due to the November Election and for the City Council to meet as Canvassing Board.
Clerk Pawelk presented the election judge’s 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 52 absentee ballots. In total, there were 983 persons registered as of 7 a.m. on November 6. 56 persons registered on Election Day and 698 people voted. Of that, the total votes cast for Mayor, were 488 for Eric Angvall and 62 write-in votes for other persons. For City Councilmembers, 4 year terms, 419 votes were cast for Ron Foust and 345 votes cast for Lucas Meyer and 243 for Paul Dhoore. There were 32 write-in votes for other persons. There were no questions regarding the results.
Motion – Hoof; Second – Foust; Carried – Unanimously; To accept and certify as correct the election judge’s report of the 698 votes cast and declare the results of the City Election held on November 6, 2018.
Motion – Foust; Second – Messer; Carried – Unanimously; To accept and approve the October Minutes as submitted.
Motion – Hoof; Second – Dahl; Carried – Unanimously; To accept and approve the October Treasurer’s Report as submitted.
Councilman Hoof introduced the following resolution and moved for its adoption: RESOLUTION NO. 37-18 A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE AWARD OF CONTRACT FOR THE WATER TOWER MIXER PROJECT The foregoing resolution was duly seconded by Councilman Dahl and following discussion thereon, a vote was taken. Mayor Angvall declared Resolution No. 37-18 adopted by a unanimous vote this 13th day of November, 2018.
Councilman Hoof introduced the following resolution and moved for its adoption: RESOLUTION 38-18 A RESOLUTION GRANTING PROPERTY OWNER’S PETITION TO ASSESS IMPROVEMENT COSTS AGAINST PROPERTY The foregoing motion was duly seconded by Councilman Hoof and following discussion thereon, a vote was taken. Mayor Angvall declared Resolution No. 38-18 adopted by a unanimous vote this 13th day of November, 2018.
General consensus of the City Council was to plan for the Lincoln Avenue, Central Avenue and Cedar Street Project for 2020 and to do the sewer lining in 2019.
The Special assessments Hearing was scheduled for 7:45 p.m.. Clerk Pawelk presented request made by the property owner at 2104 Hope Avenue for lawn mowing services in the amount of $ 250.00. It was stated they hired a contractor to mow the property and it is unclear as to why a contractor for the City was also mowing the property. Also requests were made from mobile home owners in the 900 block of Second Avenue South. Several had not paid the City utility bills for months and now began to make payments therefore, they did not want any amounts to be added to the property tax roll. Clerk Pawelk explained to the City Council that the mobile home park owner gets a copy of the utility bills for the chronic non-payers and the City has no way to turn the water off as there are not individual shut-offs to each unit.
Discussion took place.
General consensus of the City Council was to remove the $ 250.00 lawn mowing fee for the property at 2104 Hope Avenue and to assess the mobile home park outstanding amounts that remain as of November 26.
Councilman Dahl introduced the following resolution and moved for its adoption: RESOLUTION NO. 39-18 A RESOLUTION ADOPTING ASSESSMENT FOR UNPAID BILLS The foregoing motion was duly seconded by Councilman Hoof and following discussion thereon, a vote was taken. Mayor Angvall declared Resolution 39-18 adopted by a unanimous vote this 13th day of November, 2018.
Motion – Dahl Second – Messer; Carried – Unanimously; That to avoid mistakes in charges for mowing private properties, the City should be mowing vacant properties and the work not hired out.
Motion – Messer Second – Hoof; Carried – To pay Bergen Township the requested share in cost of $5,143.60 for repair work done to 175th Street.
Councilman Dahl introduced the following resolution and moved for its adoption: RESOLUTION 36-18 A RESOLUTION ADOPTING THE MCLEOD COUNTY EMERGENCY OPERATIONS PLAN The foregoing motion was duly seconded by Councilman Messer and following discussion thereon, a vote was taken. Mayor Angvall declared Resolution No. 36-18 adopted by a unanimous vote this 13th day of November, 2018.
Councilman Hoof introduced the following Ordinance and moved for its adoption: ORDINANCE NO. 347 AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE CITY OF LESTER PRAIRIE UTILITY RATES AND AMENDING THE MUNICIPAL CODE ACCORDINGLY The foregoing motion was duly seconded by Councilman Dahl and following discussion thereon, a vote was taken. Mayor Angvall declared Ordinance No. 347 adopted by a unanimous vote this 13th day of November, 2018.
Councilman Foust introduced the following resolution and moved for its adoption: RESOLUTION NO. 34-18 A RESOLUTION AMENDING THE STORM WATER UTILITY FEES AND THE SANITATION RATES IN THE CITY OF LESTER PRAIRIE AND AMENDING THE MUNICIPAL CODE ACCORDINGLY. The foregoing motion was duly seconded by Councilman Messer and following discussion thereon, a vote was taken. Mayor Angvall declared Resolution No. 34-18 adopted by a unanimous vote this 13th day of November, 2018.
Councilman Hoof introduced the following resolution and moved for its adoption: RESOLUTION NO. 35-18 RESOLUTION ACCEPTING LIONS CLUB DONATION The foregoing motion was duly seconded by Councilman Foust and following discussion thereon, a vote was taken. Mayor Angvall declared Resolution No. 35-18 adopted by a unanimous vote this 13th day of November, 2018.
Motion – Hoof; Second – Foust; Carried – Unanimously; To transfer the $20,000.00 Capital Improvement Trail Project money to the Business Development certificate of deposit.
Motion – Foust; Second – Dahl; Carried – Unanimously; To have Clerk Pawelk establish the following certificates of deposit: Sire Replacement - $7,000.00; Council Furnishings - $3,000.00; Storm Sewer construction - $9,000.00; Fire Turnout Gear - $13,000.00; Exterior Tower Maintenance – $4,000.00; Sr. Housing - $20,000.00; Business Park - $50,000.00; Residential Development – $10,000.00; and Sewer Cured in Pipe - $19,500.00.
Motion – Hoof; Second – Messer; Carried – Unanimously; To enter into and Assessment Agreement with McLeod County for 2019 at the rate of $ $7.50 per parcel.
Motion – Hoof; Second – Foust; Carried – Unanimously; To enter into a service agreement with Sand Creek Group, LTD at the proposed fees for critical stress management services.
Motion – Dahl; Second – Messer; Carried – Unanimously; To approve the 2019 wage scale as proposed in an attempt to keep city wages competitive with surrounding communities.
Motion – Foust; Second – Hoof; Carried – Unanimously; To approve of the issuance of an Off Sale Intoxicating Liquor License to the Liquor Depot LLC.
Motion – Hoof; Second – Messer; Carried – Unanimously; Although, the City Council does not want to discourage use of vacation time, since an unusual occurrence took place with staff in 2018, vacation time not used by the anniversary dates for Mark Thiry and Marilyn Pawelk will be paid out to the employees.
Motion – Foust; Second – Hoof; Carried – Unanimously; To waive the sanitation fee for the property at 224 Maple Street North until the first part of April, 2019.
General consensus of the City Council was they needed a firm commitment in writing from the Lions Club as to the amount of their donation to the playground project, plans drawn out as to where it will be placed, the finance plan, and an open house be held to give the adjoining property owners to the proposed site an opportunity to be heard as the new playground would abut their property. Clerk Pawelk is to inform Troy Feltmann of the Park Board that the City remains very interested however, further planning and information would need to be presented before a commitment is made for the purchase.
Motion – Hoof; Second – Foust; Carried – To enter into an agreement with Dr. Richard Fursman of Huelife to provide an executive search for an Administrator.
Motion – Hoof; Second – Foust; Carried – To pay the claims as submitted.
Mayor Angvall adjourned the meeting at 9:00 p.m.
Marilyn L. Pawelk
City Clerk-Treasurer
The above is a summary version of the November 13, 2018 Lester Prairie City Council Minutes. The Minutes may be viewed in their entirety at the City Clerk’s Office during normal business hours. Items not included in the above report are discussions and detailed resolutions and ordinance.
Published in the Herald Journal Nov. 23, 2018.

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