City Council Minutes June 8th, 2015

The regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Lamberton was held on June 8, 2015, in the City Office at 7:00 pm.

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

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

On motion by Irlbeck, seconded by Sik, the council voted unanimously to withhold payment to Pyramide USA for a climbing wall in the amount of $4,580 until the permit for the climbing wall has been approved by the state. On motion by Irlbeck, seconded by Sik, the council voted unanimously to approve the remaining claims #12998 through #13052 in the amount of $46,611.47.

Jeff Strock, representing St. Joseph’s Catholic Church was present to talk to the council about a recent water bill. A toilet was leaking during a period of time at the church which resulted in a large bill. The toilet has been fixed. On motion by Sik, seconded by Irlbeck the council unanimously approved adjusting the water bill.

Tim Bird was present to talk to the council about potholes in the street by his house and to inquire about the plans that the city has regarding dilapidated houses.

Joel Stencel of Eide Bailly presented the audited 2014 City financial statements to the council. It was noted that the general fund balance was down because of paying off the note on a fire truck and a transfer to the nursing home of $120,000 for bond expenses. On motion by Neperman, seconded by Sik, the council voted unanimously to approve the 2014 Financial Statements.

There was no VVM report.

Police Chief Hacker gave the police report. He report that there had been a number of dog related issues and that he was working at cases of dogs running at large and not having licenses. He also put a notice on the Police Department Facebook page that it is illegal to blow grass clippings into the street. On motion by Irlbeck, seconded by Neperman, the council voted unanimously to approve the police report.

On motion by Sik, seconded by Neperman, the council voted unanimously to approve a house addition for Jennifer Benedict.

On motion by Irlbeck, seconded by Sik, the council voted to approve a Beer Garden permit request by the American Legion Club for June 27th, 2015.

The council was informed that the investor group proposing to buy the nursing home would like to move ahead with the purchase, but no additional information has been received.

On motion by Neperman, seconded by Irlbeck, the council voted unanimously to approve donations, operating transfers, new vendors and payment of between meeting bills in the amount of $3,549.25.

The council was informed of the tax forfeited property that will be coming up for sale this year. The city will consider purchasing some of these to remove dilapidated houses.

The council received two bills from Schultz Construction. On motion by Irlbeck, seconded by Sik, the council voted unanimously, to approve paying these bills: $1,100 for labor on fixing the back shelter at Kuhar Park and $145 for concrete work at the swimming pool.

Joe Williams had asked about the possibility of the city selling the grader and other surplus material. The city will inventory the items and present the list to the council at the July meeting.

There was discussion on free or reduced passes for the swimming pool. It was decided not to do this at this time.

County Commissioner Jim Salfer was present for the meeting and talked to the council about a wide range of county issues. Some of these included ATV’s on county roads, road and bridge construction schedules and the new recycling center.

Wade Wellner gave the maintenance report. There were broken pipes on both the main and wading pools which delayed the opening of the pools. The heater for the wading pool has been installed and Quality Pool has worked at fixing the cracks in the pool. The wading pool appears to be maintaining it water level. The automatic water fill for the main pool has been installed. The climbing wall for the pool is here, but the city is waiting for the permit from the state before installation. He is waiting for a pallet of patching compound to repair potholes. He informed the council about the wellhead protection plan that is being worked on. The volleyball posts in Central Park have been reset for a wider net.   Wade brought up information regarding new mower pricing. On a motion by Sik, seconded by Knutson the council voted unanimously to purchase a mower from Lyon County Implement for $8,000. The roof replacement for the Community Center may be delayed to help pay for the mower. On motion by Knutson, seconded by Neperman, the council approved his report.

On motion by Irlbeck, seconded by Sik, the council voted unanimously to approve a bill from Alex Air Apparatus in the amount of $365.21 for fire gloves and forcible entry tools that had been dropped off by Fire Chief Tom Neperman.