CITY OF PELICAN RAPIDS COUNCIL MINUTES 6-8-98
Pelican Rapids Public Library Meeting Room
The City Council of the City of Pelican Rapids met in regular session on Monday, 6-8-98, at 6:30 p.m., in the Pelican Rapids Public Library Meeting Room.
Present: Mayor Wayne Runningen, Council Members Paulette Nettestad, George Hanson, Dave Gottenborg and Denise Magnusson.
Also present: Administrative Assistant Richard A. Jenson, Deputy Clerk Treasurer Glenys Ehlert, Utilities Superintendent Brent Frazier, Streets Superintendent Vern Benson, and Donna Richgels of Multicultural Committee.
Meeting called to order by Mayor Wayne Runningen.
The Pelican Rapids Multicultural Committee is requesting a Temporary Beer License for International Festival of Friendship Beer Garden on 6-20-98. Donna Richgels addressed council regarding arrangements that Committee has made and this list is part of the license request. The beer garden will be segregated from dance area, and people will not be able to take beer into dance area.
Motion by Nettestad and second by Hanson to approve a Temporary Beer License for the Multicultural Committee to conduct a Beer Garden on 6-20-98 from 6:00 p.m. to midnight, subject to receipt of liability insurance. Motion passed unanimously.
Council Member Paulette Nettestad requested that City Council consider donating funds and providing services to the International Festival of Friendship for events planned during day at park and City Hall. The committee would like to place two portable toilets in Peterson Park.
Motion by Hanson and second by Magnusson to contribute $500 to International Festival of Friendship on 6-20-98 in either cash or labor. Motion passed unanimously.
Motion by Hanson and second by Magnusson to approve minutes of 5-11 and 5-27-98 as presented. Motion passed unanimously.
Motion by Gottenborg and second by Hanson to approve payment of the 6-8-98 Accounts Payable Listing as presented. Motion passed unanimously.
Police Chief Greg Ballard is away and there was no police report.
Utilities Superintendent Brent Frazier reported on various items in his departments. He requested authorization to purchase an additional 50 horsepower high service pump at an estimated cost of $7,572 per Thein Well plus some minor electrical work. Administrative Assistant Richard A. Jenson reported that the Water Fund well maintenance funds would be sufficient to pay for pump.
Motion by Nettestad and second by Magnusson to authorize purchase of a second high service pump for the water plant. Motion passed unanimously.
Frazier requested authorization to hire a temporary employee for mowing and cleaning chores at the wastewater treatment and water treatment facilities.
Motion by Gottenborg and second by Nettestad to authorize the Utilities Department to hire a part time, temporary employee for mowing and cleaning. Pay will be minimum wage and position not to exceed 67 days. Motion passed unanimously.
Motion by Nettestad and second by Hanson to authorize payment to Ballard Sanitation in the amount of $8,471.79 for Spring 98 Clean-Up Day. Motion passed unanimously.
Street Superintendent Vern Benson reported on his departments’ activities. Benson commended employee Ryan Kellerhuis for work at the swimming pool.
Administrative Assistant Richard A. Jenson reported on Street Reconstruction Project. Contractors are done with underground work. Curb work should be done within the next two weeks. Then its up to Mark Sand & Gravel, paving contractors.
Benson requested authorization to hire workers from local Tai Kwon Doe Club. Council Members discussed liability issues and other concerns. The consensus was that the City should not be involved with hiring club members in exchange for a contribution.
The JC’s Beer Garden was deleted from agenda because no one was present.
Administrative Assistant Richard A. Jenson reviewed the Economic Development Authority’s recommendation to advertise City property on Hwy. 108 for sale to the public.
Motion by Gottenborg and second by Nettestad to advertise City property on West 108 for public sale by bid as recommended by the Economic Development Authority. Motion passed unanimously.
Motion by Gottenborg and second by Nettestad to accept Economic Development Authority’s recommendation and authorize splitting Lots 12 and 13, Haugen’s Rolling Acres, to provide two lots with frontage on 10th Ave. SE to Community Action Council for development of housing. Motion passed unanimously.
Council discussed advertising the Glendale Machining building as one building for sale or lease.
Motion by Hanson and second by Magnusson to accept the Planning Commission Report regarding their City Tour of 6-2-98 and to send public nuisance notices to property owners as recommended by the Planning Commission. Motion passed unanimously.
Administrative Assistant Richard A. Jenson discussed concerns for a Wastewater Treatment Facility garage, a five stall, heated unit. This would provide space to expand the facility’s lab which will be needed if plant becomes an "A" rated plant, and provide storage for various items. Council recommended that the Facilities Committee review needs with Utilities Superintendent Brent Frazier.
Motion by Gottenborg and second by Hanson to certify unpaid utility bill in the amount of $573.85 to Parcel No. R760002700410000 to the County Auditor for collection with real estate taxes. Motion passed unanimously.
Denise Gubrud sent a letter to Council Member George Hanson about a speaker from Clay County Sheriff’s Department who will be speaking to the community on 6-22-98, regarding gangs and gang symbol identification.
Administrative Assistant Richard A. Jenson said that dust inhibitor, calcium chloride will be applied next week. Notice will be put in the paper.
Meeting closed at 7:55 p.m. for Attorney-Client Privilege and proceedings were recorded.
Meeting adjourned at 8:40 p.m.