CITY OF PELICAN RAPIDS COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES – 11-24-99
The City Council of Pelican Rapids met in regular session in the Pelican Rapids Public Library meeting room on 11-24-99, at 3:30 p.m. Present: Mayor Wayne Runningen, Council Members Denise Magnusson, John Waller III and Dave Gottenborg. Absent: Council Member Paulette Nettestad. Also present: Administrative Assistant Richard A. Jenson, Deputy Clerk-Treasurer Glenys Ehlert, Utilities Superintendent Brent E. Frazier, Streets Superintendent Vern Benson, Mark and Mary Goettle, LuAnne Thompson, Don Perrin and Gary Peterson of Pelican Rapids Press.
Meeting called to order by Mayor Runningen.
Additions to the Agenda included: Certify Bill to County and Information on Truth in Taxation Hearing.
Motion by Waller, seconded by Magnusson to certify unpaid utility bill for Parcel No. 76000990597000 in the amount of $195.06 to Otter Tail County for collection with real estate taxes. Motion passed unanimously.
Administrative Assistant Richard A. Jenson reported that he had received an inquiry from LuAnne Thompson of KT’s Pizza regarding a liquor license. He explained that the City has a municipal liquor store and citizens will need to vote in a special election on whether to permit the City to issue a liquor license for on-sale liquor. This is considered “split-liquor.”
Mayor Runningen reported that City Attorney Scott Dirks said there are two ways to call for a special election. One is for the Council to call for a special election or if Council refuses to call for an election, then a petition with signatures of 20% of the number of people voting in the last election can secure an election.
Mark Goettle, owner of Perry’s, addressed council regarding his request for a liquor license. He said KT’s is an excellent location for a dining establishment offering meals and beer, wine and/or cocktails with a meal. He plans a separate bar area and family dining area.
Chamber of Commerce President Don Perrin addressed Council and spoke in favor of this request. He said the Chamber has identified this type of restaurant as something the community needs.
Motion by Magnusson, seconded by Waller to introduce the following written resolution, entitled, RESOLUTION CALLING FOR A SPECIAL ELECTION REGARDING ON-SALE INTOXICATING LIQUOR LICENSES.
IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PELICAN RAPIDS THAT THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS SHALL BE SUBMITTED TO THE VOTERS OF THE CITY AT A SPECIAL ELECTION TO BE HELD IN JANUARY, 2000:
1. Shall the City Council be allowed to issue “on-sale” licenses for the sale of intoxicating liquor by qualifying hotels, clubs and restaurants?
2. Shall the City Council be allowed to issue a special “on-sale” license for the sale of intoxicating liquor on Sundays by a restaurant, club or hotel which holds an on-sale intoxicating liquor license?
That the City Clerk is instructed to take all steps necessary to give proper notice of and properly conduct said special election. Voting yes: Mayor Runningen, Council Members Magnusson, Waller and Gottenborg. Voting no: none. Motion passed unanimously and resolution declared duly adopted.
Street Superintendent Vern Benson reviewed the initial draft of the storm related incident chapter of the Cities Disaster Plan. Council discussed plan. Mayor Runningen thanked Council Member Magnusson and Benson for their work on this plan.
Administrative Assistant Jenson explained the concept of financing Well House No. 14 construction through a water revenue based obligation at a local bank rather than selling bonds. Quotes for this type of financing were requested from four financial institutions and one bonding company in reference to the 10th Ave. street improvement project in September. Institutions responding in September were asked to update their quote for this project. The low interest quote from Lake Country State Bank is 6.25%, slightly higher than the bonding company’s quote of 5.475%. However it is offset because the City does not have to pay the underwriter, bond counsel and registration fees, estimated at almost $8,000.
Motion by Waller, seconded by Magnusson to introduce the following resolution authorizing a revenue based obligation with Lake Country State Bank in an amount not to exceed $130,000 to be repaid over 10 years with an interest rate of 6.25%. The resolution is entitled, RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE BORROWING OF FUNDS FOR CONSTRUCTION OF WELL HOUSE NUMBER 14. (A complete text is part of permanent public record in the city clerk’s office.) Voting yes: Mayor Runningen, Council Members Magnusson, Waller and Gottenborg. Voting no: none. Motion passed unanimously and resolution declared duly adopted.
Library Director Pam Westby discussed research conducted by a committee for a security system for the library. She reported that the Library Board will consider the report at their 12-9-99 meeting. The Library Board requested that Council consider funding the security system.
Council Member Gottenborg said he would be willing to consider funding this expense if there are funds remaining in the 1999 general fund budget. Mayor Runningen said he feels this is worthwhile protection for the library. The consensus of the council was to fund this if there is money available at the end of 1999.
Council was reminded that the Truth in Taxation Hearing on the Proposed 2000 Budget will be in the Pelican Rapids Public Library meeting room at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, 11-29-99.
Council discussed agenda items for 12-13-99 meeting.
Meeting adjourned at 4:55 p.m.
Glenys Ehlert, CMC