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City of Pelican Rapids

5/03, 1996


The City Council of the City of Pelican Rapids met in a continued meeting from 4-25-96, at 12 noon, at the Pelican Rapids Public Library meeting room.

Present: Mayor James O. McDonald, Councilmembers Wayne Runningen, LeRoy Martens, Phil Stotesbery and Paulette Nettestad. Absent: None.

Also present: Administrative Assistant Richard A. Jenson, Deputy Clerk-Treasurer Glenys Ehlert, Supt. of Utilities Brent E. Frazier, Supt. of Streets Vernon L. Benson, and Bruce Gratz of Lake Country State Bank.

Meeting reconvened by Mayor James O. McDonald.

Administrative Assistant Richard A. Jenson reported on a requested lot split for Everett Johnson on Maplewood DR which is a metes and bounds description. After discussion, Nettestad moved for final approval, and Martens seconded. Motion passed unanimously.

City Attorney Scott Dirks said the LREC Development Agreement has been prepared by Attorney Oscar Sorlie. Dirks reviewed the provisions for payment to LREC for construction costs from tax increment monies. After discussion, Martens moved for final approval of the Development Agreement with the revisions of 5-3-96 recommended by City Attorney Scott Dirks and authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to sign the agreement, Stotesbery seconded. Voting yes: Mayor McDonald, Councilmembers Stotesbery, Nettestad and Martens. Voting no: None. Abstaining: Councilmember Runningen. Motion carried.

Water tower construction is part of the qualifying expenditure for LREC. A significant part of the tower will be paid by the TIF district, but water rates will increase to pay the difference. The bond issue for tower will be structured to allow for the delay of tax increment receipts.

Mayor McDonald read a petition for improvement of 10th Ave SE and Frontage Road from 9th to 11th Ave SE by extending 10th Ave SE as a through street to Hwy 59 and installing curb, gutter and bituminous surfacing on Frontage Road and 10th Ave SE. After discussion, Runningen moved for final approval, and Nettestad seconded. Voting yes: Mayor McDonald, Councilmembers Runningen, Nettestad and Martens. Voting no: None. Abstaining: Councilmember Stotesbery. Motion carried.

Jenson reviewed Local Performance Aid for measuring workload of city employees. Jenson checked with the League of Minnesota Cities, and since the City Council regularly hears reports from finance, streets, utilities and police departments the City of Pelican Rapids is in compliance.

Motion by Nettestad, seconded by Martens to authorize renewal of Liquor On Sale Club License to the VFW Gilmore Wiek Post 5252. Motion passed unanimously.

Jenson and Supt. of Streets Vern Benson requested direction from council regarding portions of 2nd Ave SE, 5th Ave SE, 3rd Ave SE and 3rd St NW which are scheduled for replacement in the future. Portions of these streets are very broken and need immediate attention. Benson said he can fix 3rd St NW. Jenson has checked with other communities. He suggested taking the three worst streets, preparing a construction plan and holding hearings as a pilot project of 15 blocks.

Runningen said there may be grant money available for water and sewer main replacement.

Mayor McDonald recommended tabling street discussion to 5-13-96.

Jenson said City of Long Prairie has offered City $2,000 a piece for wind driven aerators in the lagoon. After discussion, Nettestad moved for final approval of authorization of sale, Stotesbery seconded. Motion passed unanimously.

Library Director Pam Westby was present to discuss Library Internet. The library could be a server to the Internet but there would be costs of $10,000 for equipment. The library was discussing a Pelnet site. Library is proposing to handle this as a small fundraising effort by offering to provide this site to local businesses. After discussion, Runningen moved for final approval to participate in Pelnet site at $15 per month plus $4 for E-mail address, Nettestad seconded. Motion passed unanimously.

Councilmember Martens suggested that the City provide a city pickup for a clean-up day for city residents. Councilmember Runningen said the City could have a metal pickup day providing a dumpster for metal from a Fergus Falls or Detroit Lakes dealer in scrap metal.

Mayor McDonald read a letter of appreciation from Western Minnesota Initiative Fund.

Councilmember Runningen said he went to a Western Area Cities County Cooperative meeting with the mayor and felt it was very worthwhile.

Jenson reported that City will need to install some phosphate inhibiting equipment to deal with lead and copper in water system. Jenson has concerns that additional chemicals to clean out system would detrimentally affect West Central Turkey's, Inc. (WCT) water quality and he has contacted WCT for input.

Meeting adjourned at 1:55 p.m.

Glenys Ehlert, CMC                                           Deputy Clerk-Treasurer

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