Lester Prairie City Council Minutes

Lester Prairie City Council Minutes
April 9, 2019
The Lester Prairie City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, April 9, 2019.
Mayor Eric Angvall called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
Motion – Foust; Second – Messer; Carried – Unanimously; to accept and approve the March Minutes as submitted.
Motion – Dahl; Second – Messer; Carried – Unanimously; to accept and approve the March Treasurer’s Report as submitted.
Motion – Messer; Second – Foust; Carried – Unanimously; to authorize the EDA to go forward in obtaining the Retainer Agreement with Ernst Law Firm of Winsted, MN.
The foregoing motion was duly seconded by Councilman Messer and following discussion thereon, a vote was taken.Mayor Angvall declared Resolution No. 18-19 adopted by a unanimous vote this 9th day of April, 2019.
Motion – Meyer; Second – Dahl; Carried – Unanimously; to authorize up to $30,000.00 to be used from the Fire Department budget surplus to purchase new equipment for the Fire Truck.
Motion – Dahl; Second – Messer; Carried – Unanimously; to allow Chief Hoof to speak with the attorney and proceed with a sale of the 1981 Fire Engine.
Motion - Dahl; Second – Foust; Carried – Unanimously; to object to the expansion of Solar Panels on the property owned by Cecil and Lindahl Martin. A letter of Objection will be drafted to send to McLeod County Planning Advisory Commission, and if it is decided in the future to expand with Solar Energy, the City would prefer it to be Pollinator Friendly.
Motion – Messer; Second – Dahl; Carried – Unanimously; to allow Ms. Carlson to proceed with Prairie Festival plans in the City’s main park.
Motion – Meyer; Second – Foust; Carried – Unanimously; to issue a Conditional/Special use Permit to Joe and Holly Neaton and Blanca and Jose Garcia with the following stipulations: The tenants are to abide by all city ordinances and codes, the State Codes and requirements, only 3 parking spots are allowed on the North side of the building along the alley way, only one parking spot on the South side of the building, no repairable vehicles are to be parked on the South side of building, no junk vehicles are to be parked for a long period of time on the property, the doors are to be kept shut when repair will be noisy. If Neatons or Garcias leave the property, the Conditional/Special Use Permit will be voided immediately.
Motion – Foust; Second – Dahl; Carried – Unanimously; to offer the City Administrator position to the second finalist and authorize the Mayor and City Clerk to enter into an employment agreement accordingly.
Motion – Angvall; Second – Foust; Carried – Unanimously; to approve a sanitation waiver request for the property at 119 Central Avenue.
Motion – Foust; Second – Dahl; Carried – Unanimously; to accept the six month employee reviews for Justine Damlow and Larry Monskey and remove them from probation status and start them on step one of the 2019 wage scale.
Motion – Foust; Second – Mayor Angvall; Carried – Unanimously; to close city hall for the day on Friday, May 10th, 2019.
Motion – Foust; Second – Dahl; Carried – Unanimously; to approve the First Quarter 2019 Budget as submitted.
Motion – Messer; Second – Foust; Carried - Unanimously; to hire the new guards that have applied and reinstate those 2018 seasonal employees wishing to return.
Motion – Dahl; Second – Foust; Carried – Unanimously; to have Lee Ortloff make arrangements for tractor rental for sludge hauling.
Motion – Mayor Angvall; Second – Messer; Carried – Unanimously; To approve up to $2,000.00 to replace the North “City of Lester Prairie” entrance sign located on McLeod County Road 1.
Motion – Foust; Second – Dahl; Carried – Unanimously: to not object to any of the conditional use permit requests except for the solar expansion by Cecil Martin.
Motion – Angvall; Second – Dahl; Carried – Unanimously; to move the Park Board meetings to the third Tuesday of the month and give Councilman Messer another opportunity to show he wants to be part of the Park Board.
Motion - Foust; Second – Dahl; Carried – Unanimously; to pay the following claims as submitted.
Mayor Eric Angvall adjourned at 8:30 p.m.
Justine E. Damlow
Assistant City Clerk
The above is a summary version of the April 9, 2019, Lester Prairie City Council Minutes. These minutes may be viewed in their entirety at the City Clerk’s Office during normal business hours or on the City’s website following the May City Council Meeting.
Published in the Herald Journal April 19, 2019.

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