City of Pelican Rapids 


9/24, 1997



Pelican Rapids Public Library


The City Council of the City of Pelican Rapids met in regular session on Wednesday, 9-24-97, at 3:00 p.m., in the Pelican Rapids Public Library meeting room.


Present: Mayor Wayne Runningen, Council members Paulette Nettestad, David Gottenborg, Denise Magnusson and George Hanson.


Absent: None.


Also present: Administrative Assistant Richard A. Jenson, Deputy Clerk Treasurer

Glenys Ehiert, Utilities Superintendent Brent Frazier, Gary Peterson of Pelican Rapids

Press, Economic Developer Skip Carpenter and Mrs. Ron McCoy.


Meeting called to order by Mayor Wayne Runningen.


Pursuant to due call and published notice thereof, Mayor Runningen opened the public hearing on a Comprehensive Grant Application for the Minnesota Department of Trade and Economic Development. Economic Developer Skip Carpenter reviewed housing survey results. He has prepared the grant application for a total dollar amount of $621,000. This amount includes application for $15,000 in administrative funds with the City to provide a matching $15,000 to $20,000 in administrative fees. Grant monies are being requested for the following areas of need identified by the survey: rehabilitation of 30 single family homes and six rental homes, removal of four dilapidated structures and acquisition of seven tax forfeited lots for additional housing units.


Carpenter asked council members and members of the public present if there were additional types of improvement to be included in the grant application. No one cited any other areas for improvement.


Motion by Nettestad, seconded by Hanson to close public hearing. Motion passed unanimously.


Motion by Gottenborg and second by Hanson to introduce the following resolution, entitled LOCAL GOVERNMENT RESOLUTION FOR MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF TRADE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMPREHENSIVE GRANT APPLICATION. (A complete text is part of permanent public record in the City Clerk’s Office.) Voting yes: Mayor Wayne Runningen, Council Members Magnusson, Hanson, Nettestad and Gottenborg. Voting no: none Motion carried a resolution declared duly adopted.

Agenda additions - Hearing for DTED at 3:00 p.m. Bills, Senior Citizen Lot usage, housing issues, water & sewer budgets, street update, council concerns.


Mr. and Mrs. Ron McCoy requested use of Senior Citizen’s parking lot on 10-18-97 in conjunction with a business close auction. Council indicated it was okay to use the parking lot except date is already booked for Senior Citizen Center.


Motion by Hanson and second by Gottenborg to deny use of parking lot on 10-18-97 due to conflict, but if McCoy’s can find another date, when available and have approved by City Administrative Assistant Richard A. Jenson, permission is granted for use of parking lot at Senior Citizen Center. Motion passed unanimously.


Housing issues presentation by Council Member George Hanson and Denise Magnusson. The Community Action Council has two housing units for rent to newcomers to community for up to one year. Housing Coordinator Neil Sorenson will be landlord. He will contact trailer court to find locations for two units. Phase 2 is to find two tax forfeited lots to construct two new houses by Community Action Council with Sentence to Serve personnel. Council discussed way to obtain.


Motion by Nettestad and second by Magnusson to request in writing that Otter Tail County auction seven residential lots in the City of Pelican Rapids: five on 10th Ave. SE, one on 108 West, and one on 6th Ave. NE. Motion passed unanimously.


Mayor Wayne Runningen reviewed Mobile Home Ordinance. Matter tabled to next meeting.


Administrative Assistant Richard A. Jenson said water rates need to increase by $. 13 per thousand gallons to balance proposed 1998 budget. Nothing has been included for a new well. The proposed budget includes $3,080 to each fund for personnel increase from 30 hours per week to 40 hours per week. In the Sewer Fund $.60 per thousand gallons increase is needed to balance the budget.


Motion by Nettestad and second by Magnusson to increase Billing Tech/Accounts Payable/Accounts Receivable from 30 hours to 40 hours per week, effective 10-1-97 with full benefits. Motion passed unanimously.

Personnel Committee will review job description and pay equity rating. Council will review budget for water and sewer funds at next meeting.


Motion by Nettestad and second by Hanson to deny street light request at 2nd Ave. SE on 8th St. SE based on fact that street is unimproved and does not have through traffic.


Mid States Electric of Fargo submitted the low bid for electrical work at the Water Plant in the amount of $19,397. This program would convert the water plant to 460 volts and three existing pumps. A new 1000 gallon per minute pump cost is $5,381 with about installation. To add soft start, soft stop to all pumps would cost $19,787. A power factor correction would cost $2197 and may be required.

Motion by Gottenborg and second by Nettestad to approve electrical work for $19,397 from Mid States Electric, one pump at a cost of $8,000 and power factor correction of $2,197 if necessary. Motion passed unanimously.


Motion by Gottenborg and second by Nettestad to certify Parcel No. 601’s unpaid utility bill to Otter Tail County for $90.57 for collection with real estate taxes. The property owner was notified this action would be taken. Motion passed unanimously.


Motion by Magnusson and second by Nettestad to approve payment to Pelican Welding in the amount of $4,963.50 for improvements to final clarifiers at Waste Water Treatment Facility.


Street project update provided by Administrative Assistant Richard A. Jenson. Curb work is being done this week in the NW Section. Second Ave SE underground work will be started next week. Old Fergus Road was bladed, shaped, class five packed and it will be ready for base course at the same time as the northwest area is paved.


Council Member Gottenborg expressed concern about need for meter readings and suggested the City notify people via newsletter. Gottenborg said, “If a bill seems unreasonable, contact City of Pelican Rapids.”


Roger Schleske was present with a proposal to improve 10th Ave. SW by rural section paving at a cost of $21,500 or $11.00 per front foot. He submitted a petition signed by property owners. No action was taken.


Meeting adjourned at 5:15 p.m.


Glenys Ehlert

Deputy Clerk-Treasurer




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