Lester Prairie City Council Minutes

Lester Prairie City Council Minutes
August 12, 2019
Pursuant to public notice of the date change, the Lester Prairie City Council met in regular session on Monday, August 12, 2019. Mayor Angvall called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
Pursuant to public notice on Hearing of Improvement, Mayor Angvall opened the public hearing at 7:00 p.m. and turned the meeting over to City Engineer Jake Saulsbury. The hearing was to receive public input on a proposed 2020 Infrastructure Improvement Project. Mayor Angvall opened up the discussion to the public for persons in attendance to voice their concerns and ask any questions they may have. Engineer Saulsbury and the City Council addressed the concerns raised and discussions took place.
Mayor Angvall closed the public hearing at 7:50 p.m.
Councilman Messer introduced the following resolution and moved for its adoption: RESOLUTION NO. 28-19 A RESOLUTION ORDERING IMPROVEMENT AND PREPARATION OF PLANS The foregoing motion was duly seconded by Councilman Meyer and following discussion thereon, a vote was taken. Mayor Angvall declared Resolution No. 28-19 adopted by a unanimous vote this 12th day of August, 2019.
Motion – Messer; Second – Dahl; Carried – Unanimously; To accept and approve the July Minutes as submitted.
Motion – Dahl; Second – Meyer; Carried – unanimously; To accept and approve the July Treasurer’s Report as submitted.
Clerk Pawelk informed the City Council of the following: The City’s Local Government Aid amount for 2020 has been certified at $539,568.00, the Mediacom Franchise fee in the amount of $2,792.59 had been received for the second quarter of 2019, a $200.00 donation was received from the Lions Club to be used towards the cost of the petting zoo during Prairie Days, a $6,000.00 donation was received from the Lions Club to be used towards the purchase of the breathing air compressor, notification was received that there is a required contribution due for the Volunteer Firefighters PERA plan for the Fire Department and the MN Dept. of Health has informed the City there will be increase in the drinking water service connection fee which will require an approximate $ .30 monthly increase for each user.
Engineer Jake Saulsbury provided a follow-up report regarding the storm sewer pond cleaning project for East Park Estates, Prairie Ridge and CSAH 1 ponds .
Councilman Foust introduced the following resolution and moved for its adoption:RESOLUTION NO. 26-19 A RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE THE SALE OF THE PROPERTY LOCATED AT 100 MAPLE STREET SOUTH IN LESTER PRAIRIE MINNESOTA FOR AN AMOUNT NOT LESS THAN $12,000 The foregoing motion was duly seconded by Councilman Dahl and following discussion thereon, a vote was taken. Mayor Angvall declared Resolution no. 26-19 adopted by a unanimous vote this 12th day of August, 2019.
Councilman Dahl introduced the following resolution and moved for its adoption: RESOLUTION NO. 27-19 A RESOLUTION SETTING A PUBLIC HEARING TO CONSIDER VACATING AN ALLEYWAY The foregoing motion was duly seconded by Councilman Messer and following discussion thereon, a vote was taken. Mayor Angvall declared Resolution No. 27-19 adopted by a unanimous vote this 12th day of August, 2019.
Motion – Dhal; Second – Messer; Carried – Unanimously; Due to the liability and risk factors brought to the City’s attention, the City declines the donation of a Gaga Pit.
General consensus was to table further discussion regarding the Trial Agreement until the September meeting and have Administrator Skrbich work with the County to clarify the City’s concerns and prepare an agreement acceptable to both entities.
Councilman Dahl introduced the following resolution and moved for its adoption: RESOLUTION NO. 25-19 A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE SUBMISSION OF A REDEVELOPMENT GRANT APPLICATION The foregoing motion was duly seconded by Councilman Messer and following discussion thereon, a vote was taken. Mayor Angvall declared Resolution No. 25-19 adopted by a unanimous vote this 12th day of August, 2019.
General consensus, the City does not have the ability or room to expand its site or having recycling dumpsters located at the site.
Councilman Meyer introduced the following resolution and moved for its adoption: RESOLUTION NO. 29-19 A RESOLUTION GRANTING A VARIANCE REQUEST The foregoing motion was duly seconded by Councilman Dahl and following discussion thereon, a vote was taken. Mayor Angvall declared Resolution No. 29-19 adopted by a unanimous vote this 12th day of August. 2019.
Councilman Foust introduced the following resolution and moved for its adoption: RESOLUTION NO. 24-19 A RESOLUTION AMENDING THE SUPPLEMENTAL POLICY AND PROCEDURES MANUAL FOR THE LESTER PRAIRIE POLICE DEPARTMENT The foregoing motion was duly seconded by Councilman Meyer and following discussion thereon, a vote was taken. Mayor Angvall declared Resolution No. 24-19 adopted by a unanimous vote this 12th day of August, 2019.
General consensus was for Administrator Skrbich to obtain further information and bring it back to the September meeting and Councilmembers were in favor of a Fall Cleanup Day.
General consensus of the City Council was to work on the 2020 levy and budget at the special meeting on August 27th.
Motion – Messer; Second – Meyer; Carried – To authorize $ 365.00 be taken from the trail certificate to pay for the walnut mulch put at the trail parking area.
Motion – Dahl; Second – Messer; Carried – Unanimously; To not have reduced observer fees for the swimming pool but rather rates will remain the same for swimmers and observers.
Motion – Foust; Second – Dahl; Carried – To pay the claims as submitted.
At 9:30 p.m., Mayor Angvall requested Clerk Pawelk inform those in attendance the public meeting was being closed and by virtue of MN Statutes, Section 13d.01, subdivision 3, the City Council would be meeting in closed session to discuss the negotiations of a purchase of real estate. According to state statutes, the City is allowed to close the meeting to: “Develop or consider offers or counter offers for the purchase or sale of real or personal property”.
Mayor Angvall reconvened the public meeting at 10:15 p.m.. There was no further business to be addressed.
Mayor Angvall adjourned the meeting at 10:19 p.m.
Marilyn L. Pawelk
City Clerk
Published in the Herald Journal Aug. 16, 2019.

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