PELICAN RAPIDS CITY COUNCIL MEETING Jan. 26, 2000
The City Council of Pelican Rapids met in regular sessionon 01-26-00 at 3:30 p.m. in the Pelican Rapids Public Library meeting room. Present: Mayor Wayne Runningen, Council Members Paulette Nettestad, John Waller III, Denise Magnusson and Dave Gottenborg. Absent: none. Also present: Administrative Assistant Richard A. Jenson, Deputy Clerk-Treasurer Glenys Ehlert, Street Superintendent Vern Benson, Utilities Superintendent Brent Frazier, Economic Developer Skip Carpenter, City Attorney Morrie Kershner and Gary Peterson of the Pelican Rapids Press.
Meeting called to order by Mayor Runningen.
Additions to the Agenda: Library Resolutions, Street Light Pole Color.
Library Director Pam Westby reviewed grant applications for library expansion to various foundations.
Motion by Waller, seconded by Nettestad to introduce the following resolution, entitled,
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE SUBMISSION OF A FUNDING REQUEST TO THE EMMA B. HOWE MEMORIAL FOUNDATION, THE DAYTON HUDSON FOUNDATION, THE OTTO BREMER FOUNDATION, THE HORMEL FOUNDATION, THE NORWEST FOUNDATION/NORWEST CORPORATION, MARDAG FOUNDATION AND THE MCKNIGHT FOUNDATION. (A complete text is part of permanent public record in the city clerk’s office.) Voting yes: Mayor Runningen, Council Members Nettestad, Waller, Magnusson and Gottenborg. Voting no: none. Motion passed unanimously and resolution declared duly adopted.
Deputy Clerk-Treasurer Glenys Ehlert reviewed the Special Election of 1-25-00 results.
Motion by Nettestad, seconded by Magnusson to introduce the following resolution:
WHEREAS, a record kept by the Judges of Election held 1-25-00, shows a total of 404 votes cast in the city election, and
WHEREAS, the tabulation of votes on the two questions was as follows:
Shall the City Council be allowed to issue “on-sale” licenses for the sale of intoxicating liquor by qualifying hotels, clubs and restaurants?
Voting Yes 240
Voting No 163
Shall the City Council be allowed to issue a special “on-sale” license for the sale of intoxicating liquor on Sundays by a restaurant, club or hotel which holds an on-sale” intoxicating liquor license?
Voting Yes 215
Voting No 187
Motion to accept the record kept by the Judges. Voting yes: Mayor Runningen, Council Members Nettestad, Waller, Magnusson and Gottenborg. Voting no: none. Motion passed unanimously and resolution declared duly adopted.
Administrative Assistant Richard A. Jenson reviewed the steps the Council could take now regarding licensing on sale liquor.
Motion by Nettestad, seconded by Waller to authorize City Attorney Scott Dirks to draft a preliminary on-sale liquor license ordinance. Motion passed unanimously.
Mayor Runningen thanked election judges and city staff who helped set up the polling place and assisted with the election process.
Council discussed the color for street light poles.
Motion by Gottenborg, seconded by Magnusson to authorize black as pole color for street lights. Motion passed unanimously.
Council discussed Chamber of Commerce request for sidewalk snow removal. Matter was tabled to next meeting so that a Chamber representative could be present.
Mayor Runningen commented on public hearing for Bike Trail held on 1-24-00.
Economic Developer Skip Carpenter discussed West Central Turkeys, Inc.(WCT) expansion project in the amount of $15 million and 60 new jobs at $8.40 average wages plus benefits.
Carpenter said $86,600 will be provided as a forgivable loan at the rate of 20% per year if WCT, Inc. meets the employment standards. An additional $100,000 would be available with the interest payable to the City of Pelican Rapids to use for a locally controlled revolving loan fund.
Motion by Waller, seconded by Nettestad to introduce the following resolution, entitled LOCAL GOVERNMENT RESOLUTION ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM. (A complete text of this resolution is part of permanent public record in the city clerk’s office.) Voting yes: Mayor Runningen, Council Members Nettestad, Waller, Magnusson and Gottenborg. Voting no: none. Motion passed unanimously and resolution declared duly adopted.
Mayor Runningen read the following announcement at 4:10 p.m.:
This meeting will now be closed to the public under the attorney-client privilege so that the City may discuss with its attorney, Morrie Kirshner, the following topics:
The pending litigation relating to the sewage treatment system of the City, including the potential impact of the pending or threatened fines by the Pollution Control Agency relating to the operation of the City’s sewage treatment system, and the strategy that should be followed by the City.
These are the only items that will be discussed or acted upon in the closed portion of the meeting. Minutes of the meeting will not be made public until the City no longer needs to keep the information private or until a court orders the release of the minutes.
Meeting adjourned at 5:30 p.m.
Glenys Ehlert, CMC