City Council Minutes December 14, 2015

The regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Lamberton was held on December 14, 2016, in the City Office at 7:00 pm.

Members present for the meeting were Mayor Bill Schaffran, Councilmembers Darrell Knutson, Terry Neperman, Lydell Sik, Dave Irlbeck and Clerk Flaig.

             On motion by Knutson, seconded by Irlbeck, the council voted unanimously to approve the minutes of the November meeting.

On motion by Sik, seconded by Neperman, the council voted unanimously to approve claims #13453 through #13503 in the amount of $17,638.80.

James Kretsch was present to ask about the possibility of a reduction on his water bill.  His water bill had increased and after doing a meter download and further checking it was found that his outside water outlet was not shutting off completely and had been leaking.  On motion by Neperman, seconded by Sik, the council voted unanimously to approve reducing the excess amount by half as per past practice.

Police Chief Nick Hacker was present and informed the council about a wire fraud issue that he is currently investigating.  The BCA has been notified and is assisting in the investigation.  There was been a number of local juveniles involved in break-ins to garages and storage sheds that he is dealing with.  A representative of the POST Board recently conducted a review of the police department.  There are some policies that will need to be updated.  The city attorney will assist with this.  The voice recorder is not working with the new computer system and he has purchased a new model to replace it.  On motion by Neperman, seconded by Irlbeck, the council unanimously approved reimbursing Chief Hacker $160.76 for the voice recorder.  On motion by Irlbeck, seconded by Sik, the council unanimously approved the Police report.

Wade Wellner gave the maintenance report to the council. Issue with the snow plow cutting edge was discussed and the council was informed that the summer bucket for the tractor was being modified to fit on the skid steer.   Our Saviors Church asked about getting some asphalt patching mix.  Jay Lessman had ask a councilmember about water on the lot that he purchased at the tax forfeiture sale.  A complaint by a resident had been submitted regarding the condition of a neighbor’s property.  The complaint was review by Chief Hacker and by Mayor Schaffran and both concluded the city did not need to be involved. However, there are unlicensed junk vehicles on other lots that need to be dealt with.

In regard to the Ambulance Service, Wade Wellner reported that 4 local individuals had started the EMT class and there is presently 3 taking the class now. He had also attended a training in Mankato regarding the heart monitor and had attended an active shooter training class in Fairmont this past weekend.  He presented a check from the Lamberton Ambulance Association to the City for the Ambulance Fund in the amount of $8,600 that was from fund raiser held this past year.  On motion by Knutson, seconded by Neperman, the Council voted to accept this donation.  On motion by Knutson, seconded by Neperman, the maintenance report was approved.

 

The council at this time discussed the 2016 budget and levy. The budget contained a two percent increase for regular city employees and an overall eight percent increase in the levy for 2016.  On motion by Sik, seconded by Knutson, to council voted unanimously to approve the following final levy for 2016.

 

Fund                                                               Gross Levy

General 321,000
Library 36,000
2011 Series A GO Improvement

2013 Series B Refunding Bonds

2013 Series C Revenue Bonds

20,599

70,142

0

Total 447,741
   

 

On motion by Neperman, seconded by Irlbeck, the council voted unanimously to approve the 2016 budget as presented.

The council was informed about the changes in recycling pickup in Renville and Redwood County. Starting on January 13th all recycling will be collected in Lamberton on every other Wednesday using the new carts.  Because of this change starting on Wednesday, January 6th garbage collection will also be on Wednesdays.

On motion by Knutson, seconded by Sik, the council unanimously approved the 2016 On-Sale license of Andrew Peterson American Legion Post 41 in the amount of $1,050 and the combination license of LJ’s on Main LLC in the amount of $1,150.

On motion by Irlbeck, seconded by Sik, the council voted unanimously to approve temporary liquor licenses for the Andrew Peterson American Legion Post 41 for February 7th and February 14th, 2016.

The Council was updated on the status of the Paul Bellig property being annexed into the city.

On motion by Irlbeck, seconded by Sik, the council voted unanimously to approve donations, operating transfers, new vendors and payment of between meeting bills in the amount of $2,764.15.

The council was informed that the City has been notified by the IRS that they will be doing a routine examination of the 2008A Solid Waste Facilities Revenue Bonds. Highwater Ethanol which benefited from the sale of these bonds has been notified by the city of this matter.

A number of issues regarding the sale of Valley still need to be resolved. Tealwood Management will be contacted about these issues.  The 2015 audit for VVM was presented to the council along with the bill from CliftonLarsonAllen in the amount of $12,563.49.  The council approved paying this bill.

The city received a letter for John Moritz who is representing the Wanda State Bank regarding the probate of the estate of Jonathon Griffis. The bank has a first mortgage on this property and the city has a second mortgage on the property as part of the Small Cities Housing Rehabilitation Program. Due to the value of the property and the amount of the first mortgage, the bank is asking the city to voluntarily release the city lien on the property so that the bank would not have to go through the foreclosure process.  On motion by Knutson, seconded by Irlbeck, the council voted unanimously to release the lien if it can be determined that this is acceptable for the city to do this since housing money is involved.  Western Community Action will be contacted about this matter.