City Council Minutes, September 12, 2016

The regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Lamberton was held on September 12th, 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, Dave Irlbeck and Clerk Flaig.

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

On motion by Irlbeck, seconded by Knutson, the council voted unanimously to approve claims #14112 through #14178 in the amount of $50,086.07.

On motion by Neperman, seconded by Irlbeck, the council voted unanimously to approve paying part of the cost of painting the fence at the back of Veterans Park on Main Street at a cost of $450.99.  This was a American Legion Post #41 project.

Chief Hacker presented the Police Report.  He updated the council on the number of dogs in a household.  Colby Davis has passed the POST test and other qualifications that needed to be completed and is ready to start working once notification is received from the POST Board.  A new badge for a part-time officer has arrived.  He also updated the council on training that has been attended. On motion by Knutson, seconded by Neperman, the report was approved.

The council reviewed the 2017 Preliminary Budget.  The budget hearing was set for December 12th, 2016 at 7:30 pm in the City Office.  On motion by Knutson, seconded by Sik, the council approved a preliminary levy increase of 3 percent.  The levy will go from $447,741 to $461,152.  The levy can be reduced at the budget hearing but not increased.

Wade Wellner informed the council that the swimming pool is almost ready for winter, with the lines still needing to be blown out.  Streets have been patched and seal coated.  The well has been inspected and he will be working on getting some cost on updating the control system at the pump house.    A software maintenance agreement for the water meter system was presented to the council.  On motion by Knutson, seconded by Irlbeck, the council voted unanimously to approve the agreement.  On motion by Neperman, seconded by Sik, the council approved the maintenance report.

The Kuhar Park committee has overseen the hiring of an archeologist to survey the park area and submit a report to the MN Historical Society before the State Historic Preservation officer will sign off on any new construction at the park.  The study should take about a month.  On motion by Sik, seconded by Knutson, the council voted unanimously to proceed with the purchase of two acres north of the park that is part of the park project.

The council was informed that Valley View Manor has applied for an adult day care license for up to five people.  The council approved talking to VVM about what needs the nursing home has as the city has about $5,000 that it would spend on nursing home needs.

The council reviewed the usage numbers from the swimming pool for the 2016 year.

The council discussed a request to subordinate the lien that the city has on one of the housing rehab houses.  On motion by Irlbeck, seconded by Sik, the council decided not to subordinate the loan.

Councilmember Neperman introduced the following resolution which was seconded by Councilmember Sik:

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING SALE OF REAL PROPERTY

WHEREAS, the City of Lamberton is the owner of that certain real estate described as follows:

Lots One (1) and Two (2), Block Six (6) of Lamberton and Syke’s Second Addition to the City of Lamberton, Redwood County, Minnesota; and,

WHEREAS, such area has been determined to be surplus property and is not needed for governmental uses; and,

WHEREAS, the City of Lamberton desires to make this property available for private development and has received an acceptable offer for the sale of such property, and,

WHEREAS, Eric Satterlee desires to purchase said real estate and submitted an offer of $1,500.00 for such property.

NOW THEREFORE, be it resolved:

That the City of Lamberton sell to Eric Satterlee the real property in the City of Lamberton described above.

That the Mayor and City Clerk are authorized to execute a Quit Claim Deed on behalf of the City of Lamberton, Minnesota, to Eric Satterlee, conveying the above-referenced property upon payment to the City of Lamberton, Minnesota, of the purchase price.

The Council voted unanimously to approve the resolution.

On motion by Sik, seconded by Knutson, 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 $5,109.30.

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned.