Rapids Council Meeting
The City Council of Pelican Rapids met in regular session on Tuesday, 09-30-03, at 4:00 p.m., Council Chambers, City Hall, 315 N. Broadway. Mayor Wayne Runningen, Council Members John E. Waller, III, Denise Magnusson, Dave Gottenborg and Ben Woessner were present. No one was absent. Administrative Assistant Richard A. Jenson, Deputy Clerk-Treasurer Glenys Ehlert, Streets and Park Superintendent Vern Benson, Auditor Dan Rollie, Larry Barber of Otter Tail-Wadena Community Action Council, Susan Foster, Teresa Foster, Mark Johnson of Shultz, Torgerson Architects and Rick Gail of the Pelican Rapds Press were also present.
Meeting called to order by Mayor Runningen.
No items were added to the agenda.
Motion by Gottenborg, seconded by Waller to approve the Accounts Payable Listing of
Council and members of the public present discussed the proposed Water/Sewer Main Extension –
Motion by Gottenborg, seconded by Magnusson for the City to reserve the right to assess future connected properties to the looped line. Motion passed unanimously.
Motion by Waller, seconded by Gottenborg to adjourn the City Council meeting and call the Economic Development Authority meeting to order at Motion passed unanimously.
City Council meeting reconvened at
Library Director Pam Westby reported on library activities. Westby and Tami Skinner attended a Minnesota Library Association Conference in
Council Member Gottenborg reviewed the Public Works Building Committee’s work. Mark Johnson of Shultz Torgerson Architects presented a report and drawings of a proposed Public Works Facility. The new building will be sited on the existing property. The present shop would cost $10,000 to demolish. The Building Committee recommends using the present shop as cold storage instead of demolishing it.
Council Members discussed costs and financing for the proposed building. Gottenborg and Woessner reported that the precast building is initially more expensive. However, the life of the building offsets the added expense. Administrative Assistant Richard A. Jenson reviewed proposals for financing the building through General Obligation Public Improvement Bonds. The committee recommends the precast building. They will continue to meet and gather information about size of the building. Consensus of City Council is to continue planning, make final decision and call for bids in February, 2004.
Motion by Gottenborg, seconded by Magnusson to approve Plumber’s License for Dwight R. Carlson. Motion passed unanimously.
Jenson reported the curb and sidewalk replacement costs by Pelican Drug store. The City has $2,000 in sidewalk funds as a line item for 2003 and he recommends the City use these funds for this project. There is also $5,000 for sidewalk replacement in the Proposed 2004 Budget. Motion by Waller, seconded by Gottenborg to allocate $2,000 from sidewalk funds for 2003 and $1,000 from 2004 for this replacement project. Motion passed unanimously.
Auditor Dan Rollie reviewed the 2002 Audit. Rollie prepared graphs of revenues and expenditures for the various governmental funds. Rollie indicated the City was in solid financial position. Revenues increased by over $300,000, with Rollie noting this was attributable to donations and Local Government Aid. This could change significantly in 2003.
Motion by Woessner, seconded by Magnusson to adjourn the meeting.
Meeting adjourned at
Glenys Ehlert, CMC