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City of Pelican Rapids

4/13, 1998


Pelican Rapids Public Library Meeting Room

The City Council of the City of Pelican Rapids met in regular session on Monday, 4-13-98, at 6:40 p.m., in the Pelican Rapids Public Library Meeting Room.

Present: Mayor Wayne Runningen, Council Members Paulette Nettestad, George Hanson, Dave Gottenborg and Denise Magnusson.

Absent: None

Also present: Administrative Assistant Richard A. Jenson, Deputy Clerk Treasurer Glenys Ehlert, Utilities Superintendent Brent Frazier, Streets Superintendent Vern Benson, Gary Peterson of Pelican Press, Jim Wick, Mazie Wick and David Wick.

Meeting called to order by Mayor Wayne Runningen.

Motion by Nettestad and second by Magnusson to approve minutes of 3-9 and 3-25-98 as presented. Motion passed unanimously.

Council discussed various bills.

Administrative Assistant Richard A. Jenson discussed several additions to Accounts Payable Listing including $232.65 to Minnesota Department of Transportation. He read a letter from Minnesota Housing and Finance Agency granting the City of Pelican Rapids $100,000 in City participation housing funds which requires a fee of $20 and a deposit of $1,000 which is included in Accounts Payable Listing.

Motion by Hanson and second by Gottenborg to authorize Minnesota Housing Finance Agency participation. Motion passed unanimously.

Motion by Nettestad and second by Hanson to approve payment of the 4-13-98 Final Accounts Payable Listing with the addition of Minnesota Department of Transportation, van audit 1996 - $232.65. Motion passed unanimously.

Police Chief Greg Ballard distributed his report. Mayor Runningen discussed problems with loitering in city parks and parking areas. Chief Ballard also distributed a proposed addition to the ordinance for curfew regulations which closes parks and parking lot between 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. to people under the age of 18 unless accompanied by a parent. Matter will be considered on 4-29-98 council meeting.

Police Chief Greg Ballard requested authorization to purchase a laser printer for the police department.

Motion by Hanson and second by Nettestad to authorize purchase of a laser printer and cable from low bidder Integrity Computers at a cost of $449.00 plus cost of cable. Motion passed unanimously.

Utilities Superintendent Brent Frazier reported that he attended a sludge conference in the Cities last month. He reported on improvements needed at the final clarifiers.

Administrative Assistant Richard A. Jenson reported that anti-freeze needs to be added to list of items not permitted to be dumped into the sanitary sewer. Council will consider at a later date.

Street Superintendent reported that Kandy Ross recently successfully became certified as a tree inspector and Benson and Administrative Assistant Richard Jenson were recertified. Benson also attended weed inspector training this past month. His department has been working with catchbasins. They also have been working with a hazardous tree inspection. Ryan Kellerhuis recently attended a water certification school and earned continuing education credits.

Park Clean-up Day is 4-29-98 with 5-6-98 as back-up day. The railing around the Pelican is going to be replaced.

Administrative Assistant Richard A. Jenson said he’s working with local contractors to repair leaf gate cable and pulleys on Mill Pond Dam.

Deputy Clerk Treasurer Glenys Ehlert reported on City Clerk’s Conference and reviewed financial reports and graphs.

Mayor Wayne Runningen reviewed a letter from City Engineer Gary Nansen recommending awarding the Water Tower Demolition Contract based on references, summary of the method of demolition provided and discussions of safety issues.

Motion by Hanson and second by Nettestad to award Water Tower Demolition Contract to Mark Larson as low bidder in the amount of $12,800 as recommended by City Engineer Gary Nansen. Motion passed unanimously.

Mayor Wayne Runningen reviewed 1998 Water and Sewer Fund Budgets. Council committee of Wayne Runningen and Dave Gottenborg have been reviewing the water and sewer fund receipts and expenses. Their recommendation is to raise monthly charge by $3.00 per month and to increase the per thousand rate by $.10 from $.78 to $.88. The sewer fund is okay and no increase is necessary.

Motion by Hanson and second by Magnusson to pass the following resolution, entitled RESOLUTION NO. 98-04-01 TO INCREASE WATER RATES. Resolution to set water rate for the City of Pelican Rapids at $9.00 per month service charge and $.88 per 1000 gallon usage beginning 5/1/98.

Voting yes: Mayor Wayne Runningen, Council Members Paulette Nettestad, Dave Gottenborg, Denise Magnusson and George Hanson. Voting No: none. Motion passed unanimously and resolution declared duly adopted.

Council considered the engineer’s report on street improvements for 10th Ave. SW. Jim and David Wick said the proposed street was to be 36 ft. rural section rather than 24 ft. as engineer’s report outlines. Council Member Paulette Nettestad said she strongly feels that something needs to be done for residents of 10th Ave. SW.

Motion by Nettestad and second by Magnusson to introduce the following resolution accepting the engineer’s report and setting a hearing date on improvements.

Voting yes: Council Members Nettestad and Magnusson.

Voting no: Mayor Runningen, Council Members Hanson and Gottenborg. Motion did not carry. A complete text of discussion is part of permanent public record in the City Clerk’s Office.

Mayor Runningen and Council Member Nettestad will work as a committee to develop a street surfacing policy. They will report to council as soon as possible.

Motion by Hanson and second by Nettestad to reconsider 10th Ave. SW Street Improvement petition and engineering report pursuant to previous discussion in 4-29-98 meeting. Motion passed unanimously.

Council Members Gottenborg and Hanson reviewed the findings of the Facilities Committee. The committee’s recommendations are to acquire and renovate a downtown building for city and police offices and to pursue sale of liquor store building and acquisition and remodeling of building located northerly of downtown for liquor store.

Motion by Hanson and second by Nettestad to authorize Facilities Committee proceed with preliminary negotiations on the purchase of Pelican Variety Store and to authorize Administrative Assistant Richard A. Jenson to contact an architect to develop preliminary projected remodeling costs and design plans to use building for city offices and meeting room. Motion passed unanimously.

The committee recommended collecting more information on proposed liquor store project before taking action. Mayor Runningen said he will ask the chamber of

commerce for their opinions at next meeting which he plans to attend.

Council discussed sale of City property by Waste Water Treatment Facility. Council said to continue negotiations.

Council will wait on 10th Ave. SE street lighting until street light project report is presented.

Motion by Gottenborg and second by Hanson to authorize Street Superintendent Vern Benson to take necessary action to barricade 3rd St. NW at north end. Motion passed unanimously.

Board of Review will be 4-15-98 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Motion by Hanson and second by Magnusson to approve renewal of VFW Post 5252’s On Sale Club License, subject to receipt of insurance for license period, 6-30-98 through 6-30-99. Motion passed unanimously.

Motion by Hanson and second by Gottenborg to introduce Ordinance 98-1, ENTITLED AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND PART 4 OF MUNICIPAL CODE ENTITLED PELICAN RAPIDS MUNICIPAL AIRPORT TRAFFIC CONTROL ORDINANCE, setting business license fee at $1,500 with stipulation that Council may designate areas for permittee to set up their business as a condition of the license. Motion passed unanimously.

Voting yes: Mayor Runningen, Council Members Gottenborg, Hanson, Magnusson and Nettestad. Voting no: none. Motion carried and ordinance declared duly adopted upon publication. A complete text of ordinance is part of permanent public record in the City Clerk’s office.

Motion by Gottenborg and second by Magnusson to authorize Larson, Peterson & Associates to draft plans and specs for Airport Crack Seal and Seal Coat Project. Motion passed unanimously,.

Meeting adjourned at 9:30.

Glenys Ehlert

Deputy Clerk-Treasurer


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