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City of Pelican Rapids

6/14, 1999

City Council Minutes 06-14-99

The City Council of Pelican Rapids met in regular session at 6:30 p.m., on 6-14-99, in the Pelican Rapids Public Library meeting room.  Present:  Mayor Wayne Runningen, Council Members John Waller III, Paulette Nettestad, Denise Magnusson and Dave Gottenborg.  Absent: none.

Also present: Administrative Assistant Richard A. Jenson, Deputy Clerk-Treasurer Glenys Ehlert, Street Superintendent Vern Benson, Utilities Superintendent Brent Frazier Jim Wick and Roger Schleske.

Meeting called to order by Mayor Wayne Runningen.

Motion by Magnusson, seconded by Waller to approve the minutes of 5-10-99 and 5-26-99 as presented.  Motion passed unanimously.

Council considered the Accounts Payable Listing of 6-14-99 and additions to the list.

Motion by Magnusson, seconded by Waller to approve payment of the 6-14-99 Accounts Payable Listing with the following additions:  

Dave’s Electric, park shelter electrical service  $ 1,985.85

Egge Construction, calcium chloride                                       3,406.48

Interstate Engineering, work at the WWTF                           6,291.50

Lammers, Julie, technology meeting expense                    19.10

Moorhead Construction, WWTF expenses                      16,493.23

Otter Tail Power Co., library electricity                            265.83

Motion passed unanimously.

Street Superintendent Vern Benson reported on his departments’ activities.  Administrative Assistant Richard A. Jenson read a letter donating the new park shelter framework from Gerry and Bonnie Henry of Henry Building Systems. 

Motion by Nettestad, seconded by Magnusson to send thank you letters from the City Council to organizations that donated money and materials for the Sherin Park Shelter.  These organizations are Pelican Rapids Rotary Club, Henry Building Systems, CAMAS Inc., Otter Tail Power Co., and Lutheran Brotherhood.  Motion passed unanimously.

Utilities Superintendent Brent Frazier reported on his departments’ activities.

Mayor Runningen explained that the Minnesota Wastewater Operators’ Association – Northwest Section has selected Brent Frazier as Class A Wastewater Operator of the Year.  Council offered congratulations and Mayor Runningen presented his certificate to Frazier.

Council reviewed the financial reports presented by Deputy Clerk-Treasurer Glenys Ehlert.

Motion by Nettestad, seconded by Waller to introduce the following written resolution regarding assessments for water and sewer lines along Highway 59 South and entitled, RESOLUTION DECLARING COST TO BE ASSESSED, AND ORDERING PREPARATION OF PROPOSED ASSESSMENT FOR IMPROVEMENT PROJECT NO. 61 – LAKE REGION AVENUE.  (A complete text of this resolution is part of permanent public record in the city clerk’s office.)  Motion passed unanimously and resolution declared duly adopted.

Administrative Assistant Richard A. Jenson reviewed the purchasing contract for the State of Minnesota.  The annual fee is $350.  In the past the City has paid the expense at the time of purchase.  Council requested that Jenson investigate if City will be purchasing major equipment in year included in the fee and what cost has been in the past.

Administrative Assistant Richard A. Jenson said the International Friendship Festival Committee requested that the City donate cost of garbage pickup and portable toilets for the event.

Motion by Nettestad, seconded by Magnusson to authorize expenses for garbage pickup and portable toilets at the International Friendship Festival, 6-26-99.  Motion passed unanimously.

Council Member Waller discussed the problem of garbage being dumped in local businesses’ dumpsters.  Council considered drawbacks of contracts for mandatory garbage pickup.  They also discussed penalties for trespassing and putting garbage in other people’s dumpsters.  They directed city staff to check into what other cities are doing and what penalties apply.

Administrative Assistant Richard A. Jenson reviewed Egge Construction payment request for project construction.

Motion by Waller, seconded by Magnusson to approve payment to Egge Construction in the amount of $24,511.94 for Pay Estimate No.1, for Ann Lane Improvement Project No.  67, as recommended by Larson-Peterson & Assoc., city engineers.  Motion passed unanimously.

Administrative Assistant Richard A. Jenson reviewed public nuisance files.

Motion by Nettestad, seconded by Magnusson to refer public nuisance matters involving Pressler, Kuhlman, and Schleske to City Attorney Scott Dirks.  Motion passed unanimously.

Administrative Assistant Richard A. Jenson read the letter from the Street Committee to 10th Ave. SW residents on unpaved portion of the street which asked if they were willing to consider curb and gutter improvements with bituminous surfacing.  Nine responses were returned as follows: two were in favor, Our Redeemer’s Church remained neutral and six were opposed to curb and gutter improvements with bituminous surfacing.  Council Member Nettestad will check with City Attorney Scott Dirks and County Assessor Robert Moe regarding assessments to large lots and other possibilities for financing street improvements.

Resident Roger Schleske distributed a materials data sheet on calcium chloride.  Both Schleske and Wick insisted that the City pave the street as a rural section.

Council Member Nettestad spoke on her concerns that this street is more heavily traveled and that perhaps the calcium chloride isn’t working here due to the traffic.

Mayor Runningen said the City Council could decide to abide by street policy requiring curb and gutter and to participate to a greater extent in this project if they decide there are compelling reasons.

Schleske and Wick discussed history of project and previous petitions requesting improvements.

Council Member Nettestad will report to City Council within two weeks.

Council Member Gottenborg left meeting at 8:00 p.m.

Meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.

Glenys Ehlert, CMC

Deputy Clerk-Treasurer

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