City Council Minutes November 9, 2015

The regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Lamberton was held on November 9, 2015, 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 Sik, seconded by Irlbeck, the council voted unanimously to approve the minutes of the October meeting with the correction of changing Clayton Hubert to Clayton Senst.

On motion by Knutson, seconded by Neperman, the council voted unanimously to approve claims #13385 through #13433 in the amount of $138,274.54.

Roger Sackett was present to ask about a refund regarding his mother’s estate from VVM.   The council was not aware that this had been outstanding for a number of months.   On motion by Irlbeck, seconded by Knutson, the council voted unanimously to approve the payment of this account.  Clerk Flaig also informed the council that the bonds had been paid off on November 2nd, and that other bills that amounted to approximately $34,000 had been paid using city funds. There is over $200,000 in accounts receivable still outstanding.  The new owners have asked that the city prepare the Medicaid cost report.  This item was not included in the purchase agreement and it was decided to discussed this matter with Tealwood Management.

A liability insurance waiver program was discussed with the council.  On motion by Sik, seconded by Neperman, the council voted unanimously not to use the waiver and to continue with statutory coverage.

On motion by Sik, seconded by Irlbeck, the council voted unanimously approve the building permit for Daniel Kronbach for a commercial building for working on semi-tractor trucks.

On motion by Neperman, seconded by Knutson, the council voted unanimously to approve fire contracts for 2016 at a rate of $200.00 per section.

Updates on the work of the Kuhar Park Advisory Council was discussed. It was noted that the proceeds from the Lions Breakfast will be going to the Kuhar Park project.

On motion by Irlbeck, seconded by Neperman, the council unanimously approved the 2016 3.2 On-Sale license of Lydell Sik for Lamberton Lanes at a cost of $75.00.

The tax forfeiture sale that was held on October 27th, 2015 at the Government Center in Redwood Falls was discussed.  On motion by Sik, seconded by Knutson, the council unanimously approved forgiving the current assessments on the property that the Church of Christ purchased if they remove the building on the property.

The Council was updated on the possibility of the Paul Bellig property being annexed into the city.  Mr. Bellig will be contacted with information obtained from the City Attorney.

Wade Wellner gave the maintenance report to the council.  There was an issue with the water in Kuhar Park, and it has been shut off for the season.  The pool has been drained and cleaned and an algaecide will be put in for the winter months.  Yardwate has been completed for the year and flushing of fire hydrants will be finished on Friday of this week.  A request for removal of boulevard trees was denied.  On motion by Knutson, seconded by Neperman, the maintenance report was approved.

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 $23,977.11.

On motion by Sik, seconded by Neperman, the council unanimously approved a subordination agreement requested by First Security Bank regarding a housing loan issued as part of the Small Cities Housing Project.

The question of reimbursing the owner of a dangerous dog for pound fees was brought up again. No action was taken by the council.