CITY OF PELICAN RAPIDS COUNCIL MINUTES 8-10-98
Pelican Rapids Public Library Meeting Room
The City Council of the City of Pelican Rapids met in regular session on Monday, 8-10-98, at 6:30 p.m., in the Pelican Rapids Public Library Meeting Room.
Present: Mayor Wayne Runningen, Council Members Paulette Nettestad, George Hanson, and Denise Magnusson.
Absent: Dave Gottenborg
Also present: Administrative Assistant Richard A. Jenson, Deputy Clerk Treasurer Glenys Ehlert, Utilities Superintendent Brent Frazier, Streets Superintendent Vern Benson, Engineer David Rein, Karen Reich, Ray Martin, Ron & Delsie Konoske, and Gary Peterson of Pelican Rapids Press.
Meeting called to order by Mayor Wayne Runningen.
Motion by Nettestad and second by Magnusson to approve minutes of 7-13 and 7-29-98 as presented. Motion passed unanimously.
Engineer David Rein reviewed a Wastewater Treatment Facilities Prioritized Correction Program of 8-5-98. There are a number of major items that need to be replaced in addition to covering small anaerobic ponds. Council discussed financing options.
Motion by Nettestad and second by Magnusson to proceed with design and specifications for Wastewater of Items 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7 as a separate bid item for contract for anaerobic pond covers. Motion passed unanimously.
Administrative Assistant Richard A. Jenson distributed a letter from City Attorney Scott Dirks regarding Ray J’s Arcade Beer License request. Dirks said it would be difficult to classify the present service at Ray J’s Arcade as a restaurant. If the City Council wishes to permit a beer license, the ordinance will need to be changed. Council Member Paulette Nettestad said she has received a number of calls opposed to mixing kids and beer. Council Member Denise Magnusson said she’s not comfortable changing the ordinance. Council Member Hanson said his concern is that the Arcade is a children’s establishment that is being expanded to draw adults into it. A letter from Robert and Ardella Carlson opposing the issuance of a beer license to Ray J’s Arcade was read into the record.
Motion by Hanson and second by Nettestad to deny Ray J’s Arcade’s request for a beer license based on City Attorney Scott Dirks’ opinion that Ray J’s Arcade does not qualify as a restaurant and to keep beer separate from children. Motion passed unanimously.
Ron & Delsie Konoske were present to discuss problems with their water service on 3rd St. NW, relative to street and utility work recently.
Stan Zierke was present to discuss possibility of establishing a full service bar, on sale liquor and beer with limited food menu. City Attorney will provide opinion on procedure to accomplish.
Motion by Hanson and second by Nettestad to approve the Accounts Payable Listing of 8-10-98 as presented with addition of bill for freight to Anchor Food Products in the amount of $150.00. Motion passed unanimously.
Council reviewed Police Department Report and discussed the Police Chief’s written recommendation for a stop sign at 3rd Ave. NE and 3rd St. NE for eastbound traffic and a stop sign at 3rd St. and 5th Ave. NE for northbound traffic for safety considerations.
Motion by Hanson and second by Magnusson to install a four way stop sign at 3rd Ave. and 3rd St. NE. Motion passed unanimously.
Motion by Hanson and second by Magnusson to install a stop sign at 3rd St. and 5th Ave. NE for northbound traffic. Motion passed unanimously.
Council reviewed the liquor store report.
Utility Superintendent Brent Frazier reported on various water and sewer concerns. Thein Well is working on a proposal for a service contract on well rehabilitation. Bare bones costs for a pitless well is estimated at $100,000 and an additional $50,000 for piping, electrical control panel, etc. Mayor Wayne Runningen directed city staff to check boiler warranty since the boiler needed repiping after three years of service. Frazier reported that Wastewater Treatment Facility is in compliance for fourth month in a row.
Street Superintendent Vern Benson reported on his departments’ activities. An additional drain culvert has been installed across alley in block bounded by 4th Ave. & 5th Ave. SE between 1st St. and 2nd St. SE.
Val Kubic is a Green Thumb employee who started working at the shop this week, maintaining yard and repairing picnic tables. Lights are being installed in the park with work donated by Lake Region Electric Cooperative and Ottertail Power. Rotary Club donated the lights and $500 towards other expenses.
Council reviewed financial reports presented by Deputy Clerk Treasurer Glenys Ehlert.
Council requested a Budget Comparison for next meeting for period ending 7-31-98.
Administrative Assistant Richard A. Jenson reported on Ann Lane Street Improvement Project No. 67, which is estimated to cost $87,200. The next step in process would be to accept the engineer’s report and call for plans and specs and set a hearing date for 9-14-98.
Motion by Hanson and second by Nettestad to introduce the following resolution, entitled RESOLUTION RECEIVING REPORT AND CALLING HEARING ON IMPROVEMENT FOR IMPROVEMENT NO. 67 - ANN LANE STREET IMPROVEMENTS. (A complete text is part of permanent public record and is available in the City Clerk’s office.) Motion passed unanimously and resolution declared duly adopted.
Motion by Hanson and second by Nettestad to approve the following election judges: Shirley Ireny, Lorraine Ohe, Brent Frazier, Jean McDonald, Pat Krekelberg, Betty Petkewick, Sonja Kuhlman, Vern Bruxhoort, Lavonne Albright and Julie Lammers. Motion passed unanimously.
Council salary matter was tabled to next council meeting.
Household Hazardous Waste will be collected at the County Garage 8-12-98 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Training will be from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and clean up from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Street Lighting Committee is talking about decorative lighting downtown, breaking the project into sections and cost to install electrical conduit in sidewalk. Committee recommended that general taxes provide street lighting rather a lighting district. Entire project would cost $70,000 a year for 10 years.
Council discussed rental of city owned building in Industrial Park.
Budget Committee will be meeting soon.
Administrative Assistant Richard A. Jenson has a petition for vacation of alley by Roy Fossen.
Motion by Hanson and second by Nettestad to introduce the following resolution, entitled RESOLUTION FOR NOTICE OF HEARING TO VACATE ALLEY. (A complete text is part of permanent public record in the City Clerk’s Office.) Motion passed unanimously and resolution declared duly adopted.
Also the City has received a petition to vacate Lincoln Lake, Pearl, Race Streets and Franklin Avenue east of Maplewood Drive.
Motion by Hanson and second by Magnusson to introduce the following resolution, entitled RESOLUTION FOR NOTICE OF HEARING TO VACATE STREETS. (A complete text is part of permanent public record in the City Clerk’s Office.) Motion passed unanimously and resolution declared duly adopted.
Roy Moses of Seattle, Washington was present at City Council meeting to ask about representation of Space Needle in city park. Moses said the actual needle is white with lighting.
Meeting adjourned at 9:15 p.m.