CITY OF PELICAN RAPIDS COUNCIL MINUTES 2-25-98
Pelican Rapids Public Library Meeting Room
The City Council of the City of Pelican Rapids met in regular session on Wednesday, 2-25-98, at 3:00 p.m., in the Pelican Rapids Public Library Meeting Room.
Present: Mayor Wayne Runningen, Council Members Paulette Nettestad, George Hanson and Denise Magnusson. Absent: Council Member Dave Gottenborg
Also present: Administrative Assistant Richard A. Jenson, Deputy Clerk Treasurer Glenys Ehlert, Utilities Superintendent Brent Frazier, Streets Superintendent Vern Benson, City Attorney Scott Dirks and Gary Peterson of the Pelican Rapids Press.
Meeting called to order by Mayor Wayne Runningen.
Additions to Agenda: Swimming pool, Thank you letter, Eagle Scout Project Sign.
Mayor Runningen opened Public Nuisance Hearing for Parcel No.026-001. City Attorney Scott Dirks reviewed procedure for Public Nuisance Hearing which is to permit Bob Klaboe to discuss the illegal building located at 5th Ave. NE. If matter cannot be resolved, then the City Council has authority to abate the nuisance and charge costs to property owner. Building does not meet set back requirements, it is not on a permanent foundation and there was no building permit issued.
Bob Klaboe said he has moved it and it is hooked onto his truck at this time. He intends to license it as a trailer.
Mayor Runningen said the Department of Motor Vehicles told him based on a picture that it could not be licensed. If building were to be located in back of house, it would still need a foundation and a building permit for construction. Klaboe's building is 8x16 ft.
Council Member Paulette Nettestad said it would have been nice if Klaboe would have found out about the information for licensing prior to this meeting. However, she said she was willing to extend some time to Klaboe to check on licensing requirements.
Motion by Hanson and second by Nettestad to continue the hearing to 3-9-98, at 6:30 p.m. regarding public nuisance at 5th Ave. NE. Motion passed unanimously.
Administrative Assistant Richard A. Jenson reviewed Public Nuisance Agreement. The property owner will agree to remove all buildings, foundations, footings, etc. from a lot on First Street SW, to fill in the excavations with black dirt and to seed area.
Motion by Hanson and second by Nettestad to authorize mayor and clerk to sign Public Nuisance Agreement regarding property on First Street SW as outlined above. Motion passed unanimously.
Administrative Assistant Richard A. Jenson reviewed Planning Commission's Report.
Motion by Nettestad and second by Magnusson to accept the Planning Commission's recommendation to authorize a Special Use Permit to allow Donovan and Sheri O'Brien to construct an apartment in a commercial zone. Motion passed unanimously.
City Attorney Scott Dirks reviewed spray plane chemical spill which occurred last summer at Municipal Airport. These incidents are inspected by Minnesota Department of Agriculture. He explained that additional, permanent safety precautions are required only if pesticide containers or other chemical containers are larger than 56 gallons.
Dirks said there are some rules and regulations the City can enforce regarding location of equipment in addition to requiring a license and insurance to operate a business from the airport. Dirks will continue working on the ordinance.
Motion by Nettestad and second by Magnusson to approve payment of the following bills: Forrest Carpenter, Jan. Econ. Dev. - $737.27; West Central Initiative Fund, Econ. Dev. - $2000 and Pelican Rapids Ambulance, ambulance contract - $7544. Motion passed unanimously.
Street Superintendent Vern Benson said he received the following quotes for 49 replacement street signs in street reconstruction area: M&R Signs - $1325.02; Neuman Signs - $1046.95 plus shipping and Earl F. Anderson - $976.42.
Motion by Magnusson and second by Nettestad to accept the low quote from Earl F. Anderson for replacement street signs in the amount of $976.42. Motion passed unanimously.
Street Superintendent Vern Benson said the 1972 plow truck is scheduled for replacement this year. The City paid $20,000 for this truck used from the Minnesota Department of Transportation. It has since required $15,000 in repairs and maintenance. He noted that the City of Detroit Lakes finds it more effective to purchase new equipment because maintenance costs are minimal. The estimated cost for a new plow truck is $75,000 fully equipped with a five year warranty. Benson pointed out that $68,000 has been set aside over the past few years for a replacement truck.
Motion by Nettestad and second by Magnusson to authorize Street Superintendent Vern Benson to jointly request bids for a new plow truck with the City of Detroit Lakes through the state bid process. Motion passed unanimously.
Benson said gravel streets are very rough in City. However, the frost is not out so if road is bladed, it turns to soup. Council Member Nettestad thanked Benson for prompt action in placing a warning sign about an especially deep hole in one street.
Administrative Assistant Richard A. Jenson reviewed bid document for demolition and removal of old water tower. Completion date would be 8-1-98.
Motion by Nettestad and second by Magnusson to set 3-25-98 at 3:00 p.m. as date to receive bids for demolition and removal of old water tower. Motion passed unanimously.
Mayor Runningen said the Eagle Scout Project Sign created by Jake Seifert turned out really nice. He asked City staff to send a thank you letter.
Council discussed 1998 Spring Cleanup Day. Mayor Runningen said he felt we should place some limitations on amounts of debris and number of televisions per household and we need to take city in sections. Council agreed they wanted to do project again.
Administrative Assistant Richard A. Jenson said Council Members Hanson and Gottenborg met to discuss city facilities. He suggested having another planning meeting on Monday, 3-2-98, at 5:30 p.m. in the library. Council agreed.
Motion by Nettestad and second by Hanson to certify an unpaid utility bill in the amount of $97.19 for parcel nos.181-000 and 189-000 to the county auditor for collection with real estate taxes. Motion passed unanimously.
Deb Trygstad of Community Ed requested use of city pool in connection with a kayak class from 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon early in June for two mornings and for a water aerobics class from 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. Park Board approved both concepts. City will donate use of facilities to support Community Ed program. Motion by Magnusson and second by Hanson to authorize use of pool by Community Ed program for two events this summer at no charge. Motion passed unanimously.
Mayor Runningen thanked Paulette Nettestad and Glenys Ehlert for attending Blandin Leadership Conference. He read a thank you note received from Deputy Clerk Treasurer Glenys Ehlert.
Meeting adjourned at 4:50 p.m.
Glenys Ehlert, CMC