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City of Pelican Rapids

10/31, 1996


The City Council of the City of Pelican Rapids met in regular session on Thursday, 10-31-96, at 12:10 p.m., in the Pelican Rapids Public Library meeting room.

Present: Mayor James O. McDonald, Council members Wayne Runningen, Phil Stotesbery, Paulette Nettestad, and LeRoy Martens.

Absent: None.

Also present: Administrative Assistant Richard A. Jenson, Supt. of Public Works Brent Frazier, Deputy Clerk Treasurer Glenys Ehlert, Streets Superintendent Vern Benson, Morrie Kirschner of Pemberton, Sorlie, Serkow and Refer, Ted Field of Bonestroo Rosene Andererlik & Associates, Gary Peterson of Pelican Rapids Press, Dennis Heruth and Dale Peterson, wastewater facility operators, Denise Magnusson and Tony Vigen.

Meeting called to order by Mayor James O. McDonald.

Mayor James O. McDonald reviewed problems at Waste Water Treatment Facility addition. Engineers said plant should work and permit City to meet standards. City staff reported that plant is not performing. Mayor McDonald talked to Ted Field about a suggestion from resident Gary Peterson. This suggestion is that the engineers operate the plant for a defined period of time.

Ted Field of Bonestroo Rosene Andererlik & Associates discussed nature of violation, how plant expansion changed the order of criteria treatment units, settling tests, effluent TSS history, alternate flow configuration, pump throttling and taking the new trickling filter out of service.

His recommendations to improve effluent total suspended solids quality are as follows:

1. Bypass the new trickling filter as long as plant loading are low (approximately 2/3 or less of design levels).

2. Put the new trickling filter on line when loadings increase to greater than 2/3 of design levels or when effluent quality begins to deteriorate. The filter requires time to acclimate and develop biological growth, so monitoring influent loading and timely starting up of the filter are important, particularly in the winter. Loading can be anticipated and controlled by monitoring the operation of the industrial ponds.

3. Throttle final clarifier pumps when the new trickling filter is in service.

City Attorney Morrie Kirshner questioned if trickling filter would increase in performance as loading increased through winter.

Administrative Assistant Richard A. Jenson said the anaerobic digestor does not decant.

Mayor James O. McDonald is in favor of hiring an operator from Bonestroo and if they operate it successfully the City will pay the operator. If standards aren't met, then Bonestroo's will pay the operator. "Isn't that a good solution?" asked Mayor James O. McDonald. Attorney Morrie Kirschner, Ted Field, and Council members agreed.

Ted Field will put a letter of agreement together. He estimates about three months would be an appropriate time frame. He suggests two or three days a week for Bonestroo's operators to be here.

"My proposal will be ready for Council by 11-12-96 meeting," Field said. Utilities Supt. Brent E. Frazier indicated that time is needed to repair lines to old aerobic digestors. He recommended that City repair lines to use old aerobic digestor as insurance.

Mayor McDonald suggested adjourning meeting to 1-7-96.

Mayor McDonald left meeting at 1:15 p.m. Acting Mayor Wayne Runningen took charge of the meeting.

Administrative Assistant Richard A. Jenson reviewed history of Cable Television ordinance.

Motion by Martens, seconded by Stotesbery to have City Attorney Scott Dirks set up a meeting with cable television Attorney Herbst regarding recent changes in legislation as it affects City franchise which expires at the end of 1996. Motion passed unanimously.

Motion by Nettestad seconded by Martens to deny request of Jeanette Gobel for street light at her residence. Motion passed unanimously.

Jenson suggested lighting the intersection of Water Plant Road and southeasterly turning of 1st NW.

Motion by Nettestad, seconded by Stotesbery to approve installation of street light as recommended above. Motion passed unanimously.

Jenson reviewed request of Park Department to appoint Kandy Ross as skating rink attendant and public works employee. Street and Park Supt. Vern Benson recommended hiring Kandy Ross because she is a versatile employee who would be able to fill in wherever needed.

Motion by Martens, seconded by Nettestad to appoint Kandy Ross as a public works employee not to exceed 30 hours per week at a rate off $6.50 per hour. Motion passed unanimously.

Council Member Nettestad assumed the chair.

Council Member Martens asked about Lake Region Electric Co-op building tour and funding. Council will consider on 11-7-96.

Acting Mayor Wayne Runningen reassumed the chair.

Council discussed wastewater concerns raised in10-30-96 letter to editor.

Administrative Assistant Richard A. Jenson explained reasons for installing by pass from equalization pond to mechanical plant and costs of same. The line is being replaced.

Council Member Paulette Nettestad advised council that Yoke-Sim Gunaratue is going to be speaking on refugee situation at 1:00 and 1:45 p.m. at the high school on Monday, 11-4-96. She recommended city council and staff attend. Acting Mayor Wayne Runningen agreed.

The Planning Commission will hold a hearing at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, 11-4-96 on the proposed trailer court expansion.

Meeting adjourned to 11-7-96 at 12:00 p.m. at the Pelican Rapids Public Library.

Glenys Ehlert, CMC

Deputy Clerk-Treasurer

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