City Council Minutes-November 13, 2017

The regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Lamberton was held on November 13th, 2017, in the City Office.

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 at 7:00 pm.

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

On motion by Sik, seconded by Knutson, the council voted unanimously to approve claims #15139 through #15187 in the amount of $162,366.76.

On motion by Neperman, seconded by Irlbeck, the council voted unanimously to approve hiring someone to help the maintenance department while Justin Thram is not available for work.

Andy Kehren of Bolton and Menk, Inc. provided preliminary cost estimates for street reconstruction on 3rd and 4th Avenue.  The estimate was $975,205 for 10 blocks.  This would be reduced by a third if no base work was done.  The Council decided to hold a hearing on this in January.

Police Chief Nick Hacker gave the Police report.  He outlined training that would take place over the next couple of months.  He informed the council that he had purchased a refrigerator/freezer because some evidence that he is in custody of needs to be frozen or cooled.   He asked the council to consider a wage increase.

Dave Bolluyt and Tom Vold of the Lamberton Fireman Relief Association were present to talk to ask the council to consider increasing the yearly pension amount from $950 to $1100 for vested relief association members.   The Assn. account is presently showing a surplus balance and the proposed increase would not require a mandatory city contribution.  The Council thanked them and told them the council would consider the matter latter in the meeting.

On motion by Knutson, seconded by Sik, the council voted unanimously to approve the zoning application of the Church of Christ for a storage shed.

The Council decided to continue with the standard statutory insurance liability coverage for the city rather than aggregate coverage.

On motion by Neperman, seconded by Irlbeck, the Council voted unanimously to approve the liquor license application of the American Legion Post #41.  On motion by Sik, seconded by Knutson, the council voted unanimously to approve the liquor license application of LJ’s on Main, LLC.

On motion by Sik, seconded by Neperman, the council voted unanimously to approve signing up for the Census Bureau Local Update of Census(LUCA) program.  This allows local units to review census counts during the 2020 census.

On motion by Irlbeck, seconded by Neperman, the council voted unanimously to approve increasing the Fire Relief Association pension amount to $1,050 per year.

On motion by Neperman, seconded by Sik, the council voted unanimously to approve the application of Pheasants Forever for a charitable gambling permit for an event held at the American Legion Post.

On motion by Knutson, seconded by Sik, the council voted unanimously to approve a revised lease contract with Mayor Health Systems Springfield on the clinic building.

On motion by Irlbeck, seconded by Lydell, the council voted unanimously to approve the financial report approving donations, transfers and payment of between meeting bills in the amount of $6,403.44.

The council on a motion by Irlbeck, seconded by Sik, voted unanimously to interview four candidates for the City Clerk position later in November.