City of Pelican Rapids 




The City Council of the City of Pelican Rapids met in regular session at
4:00 p.m., Tuesday, 04-27-04, in Council Chambers, City Hall, 315 N.
Broadway. Mayor Wayne Runningen, Council Members Ben Woessner, Denise
Magnusson, John E. Waller, III and Dave Gottenborg were present.
Administrative Assistant Richard A. Jenson, Deputy Clerk-Treasurer
Glenys Ehlert, Street and Park Superintendent Tom Soberg, Police Chief
Scott Fox, Police Officer Jeff Stadum, Trevor Steeves, Josh Steeves,
Porfirio Diaz, Alex Abara, Fernando Diaz, Mike Ostbye and Rick Gail of
the Pelican Rapids Press were also present.

Meeting called to order by Mayor Runningen.

Bridge Update, Transfer Station, Rental Housing were added to the

Police Officer Jeff Stadum said many students in 7th and 8th grade have
approached him to ask about what they could do to get a
Teen Center. He
said by limiting the Center to younger students, the City would meet a
need and help a good group of young people. Council agreed to gather
information about a center and to authorize Economic Developer Skip
Carpenter to check on possible grants for a center. Matter will be
considered at the
05-10-04 City Council meeting.

Motion by Magnusson, seconded by Gottenborg to authorize a $500 program
donation to Experience Works as recommended by City Administrative
Assistant Richard A. Jenson. Motion passed unanimously.

Motion by Magnusson, seconded by Waller to approve the
04-27-04 Accounts
Payable Listing as presented. Motion passed unanimously.

Administrative Assistant Richard A. Jenson requested authorization to
purchase two radios for emergency operations at a cost of $1428 from
monies budgeted for emergency operations. Motion passed unanimously.

Jenson announced that Larson Peterson & Associates has been sold to
Ulteig Corporation. Larson Peterson & Associates are the City's
engineers. No staffing changes are anticipated.

Jenson explained one of the methods explored for financing the Public
Works Garage is through the Economic Development Authority. Monte
Eastvold, Northland Securities, recommended that the City finance the
project through Water and Sewer Revenue Bonds. The General Fund would
transfer money to the Water and Sewer Fund for the Street Department
share of expenses. Motion by Waller, seconded by Magnusson to authorize
Administrative Assistant Richard A. Jenson and Deputy Clerk-Treasurer
Glenys Ehlert to prepare documents for a bond sale to finance the Public
Works Garage. Motion passed unanimously.

Josh Steeves and Porfirio Diaz gave a presentation requesting the City
Council pass an ordinance allowing the use of powered scooters within
Pelican Rapids. Steeves and Diaz provided Council Members with a list of
Proposed Rules, Regulations and Common Courtesies and a two page list of
names of people supporting the proposal. Police Chief Scott Fox said at
the present time powered scooters cannot be licensed as a motor vehicle
under state statute. However, they can be permitted to operate under
City ordinance. Fox and Trevor Steeves will check on several matters.
Jenson will check with the League of Minnesota Cities to check on other
communities with similar ordinances. Council will reconsider at the
05-10-04 City Council meeting.

Fire Chief Trevor Steeves discussed training the fire department would
like to conduct in the Airport House. Three exercises would be Search
and Rescue, Rapid Intervention Team and Fire Behavior and Suspense
Suppression. The training would begin in May and continue through the
summer with the house burn scheduled for October. Mike Ostbye of
Scambler Township requested the City check Scambler's Land Use

Motion by Magnusson, seconded by Gottenborg to authorize the Fire
Department to use the airport house for training exercises. The
possible burn will be considered at the
05-10-04 City Council meeting.
Motion passed unanimously. Fire Chief Steeves will check on Land Use
Ordinance and the inspection process that will be needed before a burn
would be permitted.

Council Member Gottenborg asked what remains to be done with the Bridge
Project regarding sidewalks and street lights. Jenson said the bridge
rip rapping is done; sidewalks are being poured. Electric wires are run
for the street lights. Gottenborg suggested that riverbank areas should
not be paved but be cleaned up and left as green areas. Council Members
Gottenborg and Woessner both said the City should make an effort to
provide some improvements to the riverbank. Motion by Waller, seconded
by Gottenborg to have the Park Board work with the Library to work on
landscaping plans and investigate costs for improving the
River Park in
phases as needed. Motion passed unanimously.

Jenson reported that the Transfer Site bids came in a little high.
Otter Tail County Solid Waste Officer Mike Hanan said they were
reviewing the bids and eliminating some items. He hopes to have the
revised project and bid accepted at the Otter Tail County Commissioners
meeting on

A resident has complained about the odor from the wastewater ponds.
City has covered smaller anaerobic ponds and tried some very expensive
chemicals that lasted for only a week and had no effect on the odor.
Council Members said it is a problem, but there doesn't seem to be a
reasonable solution. They requested that Utilities Superintendent Brent
E. Frazier check again to see if there are new products or

Council Members requested an update on the Rental Housing Inspections.
Jenson will check with Housing Inspector Lyle Nesvold.

Council Member Magnusson presented the After Action Review for State
Wide Emergency Test conducted on Thursday,

Mayor Runningen shared information promoting Pelican Rapids as part of
the Bird Watcher's Digest. He said he attended the Mayor's Association
last weekend in
Fergus Falls. He reported that the JOBZ Minnesota has
been very successful throughout the state with several companies moving
back to

Council Member Magnusson reported on the recent
Western Area Cities and
Counties Cooperative meeting.

Meeting adjourned at
5:30 p.m. Economic Development Authority meeting
was cancelled.

Glenys Ehlert, CMC
Deputy Clerk-Treasurer

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