City of Pelican Rapids 





May 21, 2009

                                                       CITY COUNCIL AGENDA                 


Tuesday, May 26, 2009             4:30 p.m.         Council Chambers 315 N. Broadway

1.                  Call to Order

2.                  Additions / Deletions to Agenda

3.                  Approval of Accounts Payable Listing

4.                  Pool Personnel

5.                  Liquor Store Report

6.                  Planning Commission Zone Change Report – Wilson’s Addition

7.                  Fire Department USDA Grant

8.                  Pasture Land Lease Agreement

9.                  Fox Annexation Update

10.              Blyberg 1st Addn, Blk 9 Drainage Update

11.              Community Bus Update




The City Council of Pelican Rapids met in regular session at 4:30 p.m., on Tuesday, 5-26-09, in Council Chambers, City Hall.  Mayor Ben Woessner, Council Members Steve Foster, Richard Peterson and John E. Waller, III were present.  Council Member Kevin Ballard was absent.  Administrator Don Solga, Liquor Store Manager Bob Leslie, Street and Park Superintendent Brian Olson, Assistant Clerk Julie Lammers, Barb Erickson and Kelley Gorman of the Pelican Rapids Press were also present.


Meeting called to order by Mayor Woessner.


Motion by Peterson, seconded by Foster to accept the agenda as presented.  Motion passed unanimously.

Council considered the Accounts Payable Listing of 05-26-09.  Julie Lammers requested the addition of Delta Dental bill of $404.26.  Motion by Waller, seconded by Foster to approve the 05-26-09 Accounts Payable Listing as presented with the addition of Delta Dental for $404.26.  Motion passed unanimously.


Street and Parks Superintendent Brian Olson requested council to hire Lesson Instructor Jessica Holte, Head Lifeguard Kristen Haugrud and lifeguards Amy Field, Alexandra Thorson, Amanda Gilbertson and Jaclyn Grefsrud.  Motion by Peterson, seconded by Foster to hire pool personnel mentioned by Olson. Motion passed unanimously. 


Superintendent Olson informed Council that June 8 is the target date for the opening of the pool.


Superintendent Olson updated the Council on Blyberg 1st Addn, Blk 9 Drainage.  The plan we had will not work due to information given to us by the residents.  The pipe on 1st St SE needs to be updated before we can go ahead with this.  Administrator Don Solga explained we need to gather more information before we can move ahead with this project. 


Liquor Store Manager Bob Leslie reviewed the April Liquor Store Report.  Administrator Solga questioned Leslie regarding the inventory.  Leslie explained that inventory is currently at $128,000 down from the $149,000 we had at the end of April.


Administrator Solga explained Planning Commission Zone Change Report regarding Wilson’s Addition Map and Resolution that was provided in packet.  Motion by Waller, seconded by Peterson to accept the PLANNING COMMISSION RESOLUTION FOR RECOMMENDATION OF APPROVAL OF THE REZONE OF WILSON’S ADDITION LOTS 5,6,7,8,9 & 10, BLOCK 1 AND WEST ½ OF BLYBERG’S THIRD ADDITION LOTS 5,6,7 & 8, BLOCK 1. (A complete text of this resolution is part of permanent public record in the City Clerk’s Office.) Motion passed unanimously and the resolution was declared duly adopted.


Council previously approved the Mayor and Clerk to sign Fire Department grant request certificate but we need approval for Fire Chief Steeves to sign the grant application. Motion by Waller, seconded by Foster to authorize Fire Chief Trevor Steeves to sign documents retroactive for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) fire department grant.  Motion passed unanimously.


Administrator Solga has drawn up a one year pasture land lease agreement for City property northwest of transfer site with the ability to cancel with one year notice.  The lease payment will cover estimated tax payments on the land and city hall processing expenses for the lease. Motion by Peterson, seconded by Foster to enter into a lease of $50.00 a year for pasture land subject to approval of renters. Motion passed unanimously.


Administrator Solga updated the Council on the Fox Annexation.  Annexation has been approved by the State of Minnesota as agricultural land.  The Planning Commission has set a hearing date of 06-04-09 at 7:00 p.m., Council Chambers, to consider changing the zone on the property from Agricultural (A) to Residential (R1).

Administrator Solga shared that a total of six residents, one council member and he attended last Tuesday’s meeting regarding the bus.  Those present believe there is a need for the bus.  The City received about 45 surveys back.   Transit Alternatives will not be taking the bus from Pelican Rapids.  It just may be shortening the amount of time it will be here.  Solga did learn that anyone who needs assistance can bring someone along for free. Solga explained that he will be working with Transit Alternatives to establish a one month plan to increase numbers of riders to do whatever we can now to keep this bus here.


Motion by Waller, seconded by Peterson to adjourn meeting at 5:05 p.m.  Motion passed unanimously.



Julie Lammers, CMC

Assistant Clerk

City of Pelican Rapids


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