City Council Minutes – July 10, 2017

The regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Lamberton was held on July 10th, 2017, in the City Office at 7:00 pm.

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

Mayor Bill Schaffran called the meeting to order.  On motion by Lydell, seconded by Irlbeck, the council voted unanimously to approve the minutes of the June meeting.

On motion by Neperman, seconded by Lydell, the council voted unanimously to approve claims #14866 through #14904 in the amount of $32,574.53.

Nathan Jacob and Mark Birkholz of Arvig came to the meeting to talk to the council about whether they thought the community would be interested in a fiber to the door broadband system.  The council suggested that they do some marketing and see what reaction they get.  The council also suggested talking to RRCnet about this.

On motion by Irlbeck, seconded by Sik, the council voted unanimously to approve a zoning permit for fences for Michael Eichten at 300 West 3rd Avenue.   On motion by Knutson, seconded by Neperman, the council voted unanimously to approve a permit for Roger Anderson for a car port.

On motion by Knutson, seconded by Sik, the council voted unanimously to approve having M.R. Paving do the seal coating and patching at a cost of $57,790.

Justin Thram gave the maintenance report.  He updated the council on the swimming pool and on the street work.  On motion by Irlbeck, seconded by Sik the council voted unanimously to approve the maintenance report.

Ambulance Director Nick Anderson and Ambulance Association President Debbie Goblirsch reported on the Ambulance Service.  Director Anderson informed the council about what other are services are paying that have about the same run numbers as Lamberton.  Their payrolls run from $45,000 to $68,000.  He is working on a compensation system based on on-call time rather than runs that may help compensate people for their time.  He would like the council to set an amount for payroll and he would come up with on call pay amounts approved by the association.  He also presented a contract from North Memorial for an EMT class for Lamberton.  Lamberton would be responsible for up to 10 places if they are not filled.

The council was updated on the status of the Kuhar Park Project.

On motion by Irlbeck, seconded by Knutson, the Council voted unanimously to approved a written sidewalk improvement policy that follows the special assessment policy.

On motion by Neperman, seconded by Sik, the council voted unanimously to approve the financial report approving donations and payment of between meeting bills in the amount of $4,713.59.

A letter from Monte Eastvold of Northland Securities was presented to the council announcing his retirement.

On motion by Irlbeck, seconded by Knutson, the council voted unanimously to approve a contract with North Memorial EMS Education for an EMT class to be scheduled in Lamberton later this year.

On motion by Sik, seconded by Neperman, the Council voted unanimously to set the pay roll amount for the ambulance service at $45,000 for 2017.