The City Council of Pelican Rapids met in regular session at , on Monday,
Mayor Runningen called meeting to order.
Motion by Woessner, seconded by Waller to approve the minutes of
Council reviewed the Accounts Payable Listing of
Police Chief Scott Fox presented his report. He requested authorization to appoint Officer Jeff Stadum as Sergeant and Officer Ross Blakeway as Investigator at the rates of pay set forth in the union contract. Motion by Waller, seconded by Gottenborg to approve the appointments. Motion passed unanimously.
Street and Park Superintendent Brian Olson reported on various items in his departments. He reported that they have been very busy with snow plowing and snow removal. He thanked Lake Region Electric Cooperative for hanging the Christmas lights and winter banners.
Library Director Annie Wrigg reported on library activities. A new fundraiser for the library is the Festival of Wreaths and the silent auction on these will end Wednesday,
Roger Schleske was present to request that the City no longer put snow on his property at the end of
Schleske complained that the City should have known he no longer owned property at
Schleske said his car dealership can’t stay in town if he has to remove all the cars.
City Attorney Jeff Skonseng said the City has never indicated that Schleske cannot operate a dealership at the location. There is a hearing in the morning (
Renato Molina requested that the
Mayor Runningen explained that Clerk-Treasurer Glenys Ehlert has done some checking on the events at the City of
Gary Nansen and John Olson of Ulteig Engineering were present to discuss the street
improvement project for the following streets:
• Golf Course Road – from Hwy 59 to the north approximately 400 feet
3rd Avenue NE– from 1st Street NEto 3rd Street NE 2nd Avenue NE– from the to Pelican River 3rd Street NE 2nd Street NE– from the to Pelican River 3rd Avenue NE 3rd Street NE– from the to Pelican River 3rd Avenue NE 1st Street SW– from 10th Avenue SWto 5th Avenue SW 10th Avenue SW– from 2nd Street SWto Hwy 59
Nansen recommended that the City conduct an inventory of water shut-offs prior to starting the project. A proposal of engineering services that would be involved would include an estimate of $525,000 to $570,000 in construction costs and engineering costs of about 20% of the construction. “We came up with an hourly number with a cost not to exceed, depending on what portions of the project City staff could accomplish,” Nansen explained. Administrator Solga said, “In 2005 we bonded about $315,000 to do seven blocks. Obviously asphalt costs and other costs have gone up.” New construction will be 100% assessed. A reconstruct project was recently assessed at 40% to the property owners and 60% to the City.
Motion by Gottenborg, seconded by Peterson to introduce the following resolution, entitled RESOLUTION ORDERING PREPARATION OF
Utilities Superintendent Brent Frazier and Liquor Store Manager Bob Leslie arrived at
Engineer Nansen presented information about a Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). This is a long range plan for water, wastewater and storm water infrastructure; streets and transportation related improvements, airports, parks, maintenance equipment, fire department and buildings. Benefits are that improvements are identified, planned for and community can begin financial preparations. Costs for a simple, initial CIP could be about $3,000 to $3,500. Administrator
Liquor Store Manager Bob Leslie presented his daily productivity report. Leslie said he needs to have product to make the sales and he has turned over $40,000 to the City in 2007. Council Member Peterson said the CPA says the inventory is too high. Mayor Runningen said the issue is more that the Council doesn’t want inventory that is sitting there. If the items are moving, it’s different than if it is just sitting there. Administrator
Manager Bob Leslie said he will try to reduce inventory to less than $120,000 by the end of the year.
Motion by Waller, seconded by Woessner to hire Michelle Evans at $7.21 per hour as a part time liquor store employee. Motion passed unanimously.
Liquor Store Inventory will be
Utilities Superintendent Brent Frazier reported on his department and the bids on Well No. 15.
Mayor Runningen and Frazier said they are announcing that sadly, former city employee Stanford (Bud) Miles died and the funeral is Wednesday,
Clerk-Treasurer Glenys Ehlert reported on
Council considered the 2008 Budget for the General Fund. No public comments were received at the Truth in Taxation hearing. Motion by Gottenborg, seconded by Waller to accept the 2008 Budget as proposed and presented and certify the General tax levy in the amount of $576,860.30 and the Special tax levy in the amount of $96,425 to the Otter Tail County Auditor for the 2008 levy. Motion passed unanimously.
Motion by Waller, seconded by Peterson to certify an unpaid utility bill in the amount of $166.11 for parcel no.76000270041000 to Otter Tail County Auditor for collection with the real estate taxes. Motion passed unanimously.
Council discussed the Pelican Rapids 125th Anniversary Celebration which will be in 2008.
Motion by Waller, seconded by Gottenborg to adjourn the City Council meeting to the Economic Development Authority meeting at Motion passed unanimously.
City Council meeting reconvened at Motion by Gottenborg, seconded by Waller to authorize Economic Development Authority’s actions to approve the Accounts Payable Listing of 12-10-07, to approve the minutes of 11-27-07 as presented and to authorize Board President Runningen to sign the Certificate of Substantial Completion as recommended by Engineer Ron Dick. Motion passed unanimously.
Meeting adjourned at
Glenys Ehlert, CMC