Lester Prairie City Council Minutes

Lester Prairie City Council MinutesDecember 11, 2018
Pursuant to public notice of time change, the Lester Prairie City Council met on Tuesday, December 11, 2018. Mayor Angvall called the meeting to order at 6:45 p.m.
Mayor Angvall opened the Truth in Taxation public hearing at 6:45 p.m. Clerk Pawelk provided an overview of the budget and levy increase. She noted Winsted Township made their first payment towards the fire truck of approximately $12,322.46. With that being paid, the City Council would be in a position to lower the levy amount for the fire truck accordingly, which in turn would lower the levy. The 2019 levy increase is projected at a 13.08% increase and the reduction would lower it to approximately 11.9%. She noted that the levy for the fire truck replacement went from $14,000.00 to over $60,000.00 making is a substantial increase in the levy. It was mentioned that funds are also budgeted for infrastructure and economic development.
Those in attendance expressed concerns regarding their property valuations and the increases in the taxes. Also, questions arose as to why a used fire truck isn’t being sought rather than a new truck. One suggestion was made to contact the Sheriff’s Department for police protection to help reduce expenses and to not hire a city administrator as they did not feel there was a need. Those in attendance were allowed to ask questions and voice their concerns.
Mayor Angvall closed the public hearing at 7:30 p.m.
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 – Hoof; Carried – Unanimously; To extend the agreement with MNSPECT to provide inspection services.
General consensus of the City Council was to prepare an ordinance amendment regarding zoning fees for the January meeting.
Councilman Hoof introduced the following resolution and moved for its adoption: RESOLUTION NO. 44-18 AResolution Ordering Preparation of Report on Improvement The foregoing motion was duly seconded by Councilman Dahl and following discussion thereon, a vote was taken. Mayor Angvall declared Resolution No. 44-18 adopted by a unanimous vote this 11th day of December, 2018.
Motion – Hoof; Second – Dahl; Carried – Unanimously; To have Bolton & Menk perform a tower inspection at the cost of $2,500.00.
Motion – Foust; Second – Messer; Carried – Unanimously; to authorize the purchase of a new mower grass catcher to work on the zero turn mower however, city hall, the infield of the baseball field and Central Park should be bagged on a regular basis, as well as the Cemetery if the need arises.
Councilman Hoof introduced the following resolution and moved for its adoption: RESOLUTION NO. 43-18 A RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING THE FINAL 2019 LEVY The foregoing motion was duly seconded by Councilman Messer and following discussion thereon a vote was taken. Mayor Angvall declared Resolution No. 43-18 adopted by a unanimous vote this 11th day of December, 2018.
Clerk Pawelk presented the annual licenses for renewal of the two on sale liquor establishments. There were no changes from the 2018 licenses.
Motion – Hoof; Second – Dahl; Carried – Unanimously; To recommend the City approve of the issuance of Off Sale Liquor Licenses to Krause LLC and to Premier Platinum Partners LLC.
Motion – Hoof; Second – Dahl; Carried – Unanimously; To issue the following 2019 licenses: On Sale License, Sunday Liquor, and Entertainment licenses to each – Krause LLC and Premier Platinum Partners LLC. Coin Device Machines (1) Krause LLC and Coi9n Device Machines (4) to Premier Platinum Partners LLC.
Motion – Messer; Second – Foust; Carried – Unanimously; To approve of a sanitation waiver for Rufino Sanchez through February 1, 2019.
Councilman Hoof introduced the following resolution and moved for its adoption: RESOLUTION NO. 41-18 A RESOLUTION HIRING A PART-TIME POLICE OFFICER The foregoing motion was duly seconded by Councilman Foust and following discussion thereon, a vote was taken. Mayor Angvall declared Resolution No. 41-18 adopted by a unanimous vote this 11th day of December, 2018.
Motion – Dahl; Second – Messer; Carried – Unanimously; To approve the updated “Domestic Abuse and Civil Disturbances Policy” for the police department as it pertains to Section II, Definitions, Subsection F Qualified domestic violence- related offense (QDVRO).
Councilman Hoof introduced the following resolution and moved for its adoption: RESOLUTION NO. 42-18 RESOLUTION ACCEPTING LIONS CLUB DONATION The foregoing motion was duly seconded by Councilman Messer and following discussion thereon, a vote wat taken. Mayor Angvall declared Resolution No. 42-18 adopted by a unanimous vote this 11th day of December, 2018.
Councilman Hoof introduced the following resolution and moved for its adoption: RESOLUTION NO. 40-18 A RESOLUTION AMENDING THE BASIC PERSONNEL POLICY FOR THE CITY OF LESTER PRAIRIE, EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2019 The foregoing motion was duly seconded by Councilman Dahl and following discussion thereon, a vote was taken. Mayor Angvall declared Resolution No. 40-18 adopted by a unanimous vote this 11th day of December, 2018.
General consensus of the City7 Council was to further explore the idea of purchasing the property from McLeod County however, Clerk Pawelk was directed to contact McLeod County regarding any environmental impact studies that may have been completed, as well as, the conditions of the septic system and water well. Further discussion was tabled to the January meeting.
Motion – Foust; Second – Messer; Carried – Unanimously; To hire Joshua Lamp at a level III Maintenance Worker at the rate of $14.00 to assist with snow removal.
Motion – Foust; Second – Hoof; Carried – Unanimously; To authorize and approve of Clerk Pawelk paying any and all 2018 claims that are submitted prior to year-end.
Motion – Foust; Second – Hoof; Carried – Unanimously; To pay the claims as submitted.
Mayor Angvall adjourned the meeting at 9:15 p.m.
Marilyn L. Pawelk
City Clerk-Treasurer
The above is a summary version of the Lester Prairie City Council December 11, 2018 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 are notices, communications reports, complaints, discussions and detailed resolutions.
Published in the Herald Journal Dec. 14, 2018..

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