City Council Minutes September 14, 2015

The regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Lamberton was held on September 14, 2015, in the City Office at 7:00 pm.

Members present for the meeting were Mayor Bill Schaffran, Councilmembers Dave Irlbeck, Darrell Knutson, Terry Neperman, Lydell Sik 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 Neperman, the council voted unanimously to approve claims #13231 through #13289 in the amount of $70799.50.

Kim Robinson was present to talk to the council about feral cats that are living by her and her neighbor’s property. She believes that the cats have fleas and when they are on her property they infest the kennels and she has to then spend a lot of money to eliminate the fleas. Carol Palthen, who is a State Humane Agent attended the meeting with Ms. Robinson. Bill Schaffran stated that he has live trapped animals in this area and he will continue to trap animals but he will not set traps on her property. She also stated that she will be fumigating her house and during that time all her animals will be outside the house. The council reminded Ms Robinson to purchase animal licenses for all her animals.

Police Chief Hacker reported that he is presently dealing with a potentially dangerous dog designation and a local panel that will include councilmembers will need to review this process. He also talked about Hot Iron Days activities. There is a problem with the police office computer and he asked about trying to get it fixed or to get a new one. The council told him to discuss this with the clerk and purchase a new computer.

Paul Bellig was present to talk to the council about the possibility of being annexed to the city. His house is presently located in the township and he is concerned about the condition of his septic system and would like to be able to hook up to the city system. Because of the location of his property two other parcels would need to be included in the annexation and this would drive the cost of annexation higher. On motion by Irlbeck, seconded by Neperman, the council voted unanimously to work with him on funding the cost of annexation if he chooses to proceed.

The council was informed that the Park Committee was pleased with the turn out for the Kuhar Park Celebration and will start working on updating the park plan and that will be used to apply for grants for park improvements.

Wade Wellner gave the maintenance report. He asked the council about joining MNWarn which is an organization started by MN Rural Water to help utilities that are affected by manmade or natural disasters. It is a mutual aid system for public utilities. The holes have been drilled in the gutter by Darrell Graff’s and this seems to be allowing the water to drain. On motion by Irlbeck, seconded by Knutson, the council unanimously approved his report.

Wade also informed the council that the EMT class will be starting on October 12th, and the ambulance service will be responsible for 8 slots.

Tom Neperman, Fire Chief asked the council to have the eligible firemen recertified. The council approved proceeding with this. He has not heard anything back on the FEMA grant application and therefore wanted to know what to do about replacing turnout for the department. The cost would be $1,600 to $1,700 for each firemen for the gear. The council approved including 5 to 6 units in the 2016 budget. There was a question on why a revised SC15 form from the relief association showed that the city needed to contribute $8,000 in 2015 when the original showed $0 contribution was needed. This will be checked on.

On motion by Neperman, seconded by Irlbeck, the council voted unanimously to approve a garage addition application by Dave Schultz. On motion by Knutson, seconded by Neperman, the council voted unanimously to approve the application for a kennel for Rick and Randy Hammerschmidt. On motion by Irlbeck, seconded by Knutson the council approved holding a public hearing regarding the application of Clayton Senst for a variance to construct a garage. The meeting will be held after proper notice and publication.

On motion by Knutson, seconded by Neperman, the council voted unanimously to approve donations, operating transfers, new vendors and payment of between meeting bills in the amount of $1,320.21.

The sale of the nursing home has been completed and the city is cooperating with the new owners until such time as they obtain their license from the MN Department of Health. A motion was introduced by Councilmember Sik, seconded by Irlbeck and passed to direct the funds from the sale of the nursing home to be used to pay the 1998 Nursing Home Bonds and directing the Mayor and Clerk to proceed with the call of the nursing home bonds on behalf of the city.

A resolution was made by Councilmember Sik, seconded by Neperman, to approve the potential sale of a lot in the Southside Second Addition and authorizing the Mayor and Clerk to execute such documents as needed on behalf of the city.

The Council discussed the preliminary budget for 2016. On motion by Neperman, second by Irlbeck, the council unanimously approved setting the date to approve the final budget for December 14th, 2015 at 7:30 pm.

On motion by Knutson, seconded by Irlbeck, the council voted unanimously to approve the following preliminary levies for 2016:

Fund                                                               Gross Levy

General 321,000
Library 36,000
2011 Series A GO Improvement2013 Series B Refunding Bonds

2013 Series C Revenue Bonds

20,59970,142

0

Total 447,741

This is an 8% increase from 2015. This is a preliminary levy and may be reduced at the final budget hearing in December.