City Council Minutes May 9, 2016

The regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Lamberton was held on May 9, 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, and Clerk Flaig. Councilmember Dave Irlbeck arrived later in the meeting.

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

On motion by Neperman, seconded by Knutson, the council voted unanimously to approve claims #13823 through #13866 in the amount of $50,070.27.

Colby Davis was present to talk to the council about uniform and equipment needs as a part-time police officer once he is POST certified.  The council informed him that the city would reimburse the cost of uniforms and equipment he purchases but only after he passes POST certification.

On motion by Knutson, seconded by Sik, the council voted unanimously to approve a building permit for a garage and three season room for John Essig.  On motion by Sik, seconded by Neperman, the council unanimously approved a building permit application by John and Mary Casey for a kennel and dog run.

The council was informed that the city collected $374 for electronic and appliances that were picked up on May 7th.  Spring Clean Up is on May 14th.

Fire Chief Tom Neperman informed the Council that the Assistance to Firefighter grant that had been submitted on behalf of the fire department had been approve in full by FEMA.  The grant is for turnout gear and for vehicle extrication equipment and training.  The total amount of the grant is $85,839 with a local match of $4,291 needed.  The Fire Department will be applying for a DNR grant.  The department has been involved in the burning of   CRP land for landowners.  The city will look at setting up an insurance escrow account regarding property that is damaged in the city.  The city would be able to withhold some of the insurance proceeds from damaged property until arrangements are made for removal or repair.  Work is taking place on a county wide mutual aid agreement.  Work is also taking place regarding the text alert system for firemen in addition to the pager calls that are used now.  On motion by Knutson, seconded by Neperman, the council unanimously approved the Fire report.

Lisa Jenniges was present to ask about the city selling the lot north of LJ’s on Main to her.  She would like to fix this up and set up an outdoor area attached to the bar.  After further discussion on a motion by Neperman, seconded by Sik, the council voted unanimously to sell the lot to her at a cost of $750.00.  She also asked about the Sunday Liquor being placed on the ballot for the general election.  The council would consider this later in the meeting.  She would like to hold an alley dance later this summer.  The council told her that she will need to decide when she would like to hold it and submit the application to the city.

Sara Schaffran was present to discuss the swimming pool operations.  Hannah Engen has applied for the manager position.  Sara would work with her but has decided to only work two days per week.  Assistant managers will be needed.  On motion by Knutson, seconded by Sik, the council decided to hire Hannah Engen as the manager. It was noted that additional staff is need to apply for the lifeguard and WSI positions.

Mayor Bill Schaffran presented Wade Wellner a MPCA Wastewater Treatment Facility Operational Award for 2015.  Wade Wellner informed the council that they are waiting on the new meter for the well house and once that is received the replacement piping will be dry fitted and then installed in the pump house.  Water and sewer connections will be put into the Kronbach building on 2nd Ave. He has talked to Lamberton Construction about the floor in the bathhouse.  Warmer weather is needed before this can be done.  The parks are open for the summer.  The flushing of water hydrants and sewer lines will take place later this month. On motion by Irlbeck, seconded by Knutson, the council approved the maintenance report.

Wade Wellner also mentioned that the Ambulance Service has two new EMT’s and is waiting for the third to get certified.

The Kuhar Advisory council has submitted the grant request to the DNR for the Kuhar Park improvement project.  The Lions Club is spearheading a fundraising campaign for the park.  The Kuhar Park Celebration night will be August 12th.  A meeting with the City Attorney needs to be set up regarding the land purchase.

The council was asked about increasing the garbage Drive By fee that is included on utility bills.  West Central Sanitation recently increased the fees by six percent. On motion by Neperman, seconded by Sik, the council voted unanimously to increase the fee from $4.00 per month to $4.25 per month.

The council was informed that the annexation of the Bellig property has been approved by the State.

Roof replacement on the Community Center was discussed.  The council would prefer to have a steel roof installed.

The purchase of a bare lot by Eric W. Satterlee is waiting for the abstract for the lot to be prepared.

Nick Anderson has received his Class D Water License and on motion by Irlbeck, seconded by Neperman, the council unanimously approved a $.75 cent raise as per his hiring agreement.

On motion by Irlbeck, seconded by Sik, the council voted unanimously to approve the financial report including donations, operating transfers, new vendors and payment of between meeting bills in the amount of $4,143.26.

The Council was presented with the following proposed Ordinance.

ORDINANCE NO. 156

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF LAMBERTON, MINNESOTA,
GOVERNING THE RAISING OR KEEPING OF ANIMALS

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LAMBERTON:

SECTION 1. Keeping of Fowl.

  • No more than six (6) chickens, duck or other fowl are allowed on a premises.
  • No roosters are allowed.
  • All fowl must be confined at all times in a coop or run.
  • Fowl are not allowed to roam freely.
  • Fowl feed must be stored in a rodent and raccoon proof container.
  • The premises where the fowl are kept must be maintained in a healthy and sanitary condition and in a manner to prevent noxious or offensive odors being carried to the adjacent property.

SECTION 2. Public Nuisance.          Fowl or animals kept contrary to the provisions of this Ordinance are hereby declared a public nuisance and may be abated according to law.

SECTION 3. Penalty. Any person who violates any provision of this Ordinance is guilty of a petty misdemeanor.

Upon reading of the proposed Ordinance on motion by Knutson, seconded by Sik, the council unanimously approve the adoption of Ordinance Number 156.

On motion by Knutson, seconded by Irlbeck, the council voted unanimously to pay the invoice presented by Aquatic Designs Solution for work on the climbing wall at the swimming pool.

On motion by Sik, seconded by Knutson, the council unanimously approved a $.25 cent increase in wages for swimming pool staff in addition to the automatic $.25 cent increase that would have occurred.

The council was updated on the nursing home closeout.  The city had received information on the EPCN audit and the Clerk will get more information regarding this matter.

On motion by Sik, seconded by Neperman, the council unanimously approved putting the question of Sunday Liquor sales on the general election ballot in November.

Clerk Flaig asked about the allowing of recreational fires in Lamberton as some people are using these fires to burn material rather than just for recreational purposes.  The police are to be notified when there are non-recreational fires.