City of Pelican Rapids Council Minutes 10-28-98
The City Council Pelican Rapids met in regular session on Wednesday, 10-28-98, at 3:00 p.m. in the Pelican Rapids Public Library Meeting Room.
Present: Mayor Wayne Runningen, Council Members Paulette Nettestad, Dave Gottenborg, and Denise Magnusson.
Absent: Council Member George Hanson
Also present: Administrative Assistant Richard A. Jenson, Deputy Clerk-Treasurer Glenys Ehlert, City Attorney Scott Dirks, and Street Superintendent Vern Benson.
Meeting called to order by Mayor Wayne Runningen.
Additions to agenda-Schleske Bill, Election Process, Insulation, Storm Water Insurance, Building Report.
Deputy Clerk-Treasurer Glenys Ehlert reviewed documents received from Norwest Bank demonstrating that the Invest Account Agreement which the City is considering entering into, complies with Minnesota State Statute regarding ownership of securities pledged to the City of Pelican Rapids.
Motion by Gottenborg, seconded by Magnusson to enter into agreement with Norwest Bank to invest checking account idle funds in a sweep account, Invest Account and authorize the Mayor and Clerk or Deputy Clerk to sign necessary forms. Motion passed unanimously.
Motion by Nettestad, seconded by Magnusson to designate the 4-M Fund as an official depository and authorize purchase of investments through the 4-M Fund. Motion passed unanimously.
City Attorney Scott Dirks reviewed election process. Dirks said as soon as a City Council Member ceases to be a resident of Pelican Rapids, then the City Council will declare a vacancy or said council members resignation will create a vacancy. It is too soon to make that decision at this time.
City Attorney Scott Dirks discussed the City’s insurance company’s response to a resident’s claim of storm water damage.
Engineer Gary Nansen is working on a report on storm drainage matters.
Improving a system does not admit liability according to City Attorney Scott Dirks.
Motion by Gottenborg, seconded by Nettestad to assess the unpaid bill for building demolition plus 4% interest for parcel number 340-000 to the County Auditor for collection with the real estate taxes. Motion passed unanimously.
Administrative Assistant Richard A. Jenson reported on bill from Moorhead Construction for various work at the wastewater treatment facility, lagoons and water plant for maintenance items.
Motion by Gottenborg, seconded by Magnusson to approve payment in the amount of $10,120.27 to Moorhead Construction for maintenance items. Motion passed unanimously.
Motion by Gottenborg, seconded by Nettestad to authorize Thein Well to do test borings for two well sites. Motion passed unanimously.
Motion by Nettestad, seconded by Gottenborg to approve partial payment in the amount of $10,944.00 to Mark Larson for demolition of City’s old water tower. Motion passed unanimously.
Council Members received a copy of the Solid Waste Report detailing amount of Household hazardous waste collected on August 12, 1998.
Otter Tail Power Representative Jim Hotzfield recommended placing street light on west property line of Steve Ahokas property on Swan Boulevard.
Motion by Gottenborg, seconded by Nettestad to accept Otter Tail Power Representative Jim Hotzfield’s recommendation and place a streetlight on Swan Boulevard. Motion passed unanimously.
Motion by Gottenborg, seconded by Magnusson to proceed with a light at 8th Street NW and Highway 108 West as part of safety lighting program. Motion passed unanimously.
Midstates Insulation of Park Rapids submitted a quote of $7380.00 to insulate four clarifiers. Insulation Place of Grafton submitted a quote of $7800.00.
Motion by Nettestad, seconded by Magnusson to accept low quote of $7380.00 from Midstates Insulation to insulate four clarifiers at the Wastewater Treatment Facility. Motion passed unanimously.
Dave Gottenborg reported on behalf of the building committee that the committee recommends proceeding with an architect to examine existing structures. Some ideas may involve relocating some departments.
Motion by Gottenborg, seconded by Nettestad to accept the recommendation from the Building Committee and move ahead to meet with a building study by the architectural firm of Yeater, Hennings, & Ruff. Motion passed unanimously.
Meeting adjourned at 4:10 p.m.
Glenys Ehlert, CMC