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April 2022 Minutes

The LaMoure City Council met on Monday April 11, 2022 at 5:30 pm in the City Council Room.  Present was Mayor Willey, Council members: Greg Pedersen, Steve Sandness, Lori Gentzkow, Clint Hoggarth, Brad Nogosek and Vince Watkins.  Also present: Heath Schaffer, Art Hagebock, Dominic Hanson, Bob Flath, Brandon Reber, Hope Coleman, Kelli Isaacson and Gina Haugen.  Attending via conference call Kim Radermacher.

Mayor called the meeting to order at 5:30 pm.

Minutes from March meeting: it was noted that Brad Nogosek should be added to the attendees.  Also, the line that states the city will mow the lots at the cul-de-sac should be stricken.  Pedersen move to approve the March meeting minutes with the noted changes.  Sandness seconded.  Polled vote: all yes.    Hoggarth moved to approve the Financial Statement, Pedersen second.  Polled vote: all yes.  Watkins moved to approve the months bills.  Pedersen second.  Polled vote: all yes.

Visitors: LaMoure Park Board:  The park board asked for the council to commit 1% sales tax money to the LaMoure Park Board for the purpose of building a swimming pool.  The 1% is currently being used to pay back the loan on the emergency center building.  Those loans will be paid in full in January 2023.  They are applying for grants to help pay for the pool but have so far been unsuccessful because they do not have the remainder of the financing in place.  With the councils commitment, they will move forward with a lender and then be able to secure grant funding.  Attorney Radermacher presented a preliminary sample ordinance change to be considered.  She recommends having specific designations for all of the sales tax money included as it does not currently do so.  After much discussion, Councilman Pedersen made a motion that the city designate 1% of the sales tax income to the LaMoure Park Board for the purpose of building a new swimming pool.  Watkins seconded.  Polled vote: all yes.  Radermacher will write and present the ordinance at the next meeting.

Councilman Hoggarth expressed concern with the safety of the current pool as there have been kids in there.

Coleman and Isaacson left the meeting at this time.

Engineer Report:  Meyer Contracting’s latest water tower proposal did not meet the lifecycle requirement.  Moore has met with Ohnstad Twitchell.  Moore Engineering is recommending to move forward with the legal process.  It is recommended that the city hire special council to draft a letter of requirements for Meyer Contracting since they have not yet come up with a viable fix to the situation.  Bob Flath mentioned that there is the possibility that NDIRF may be able to help with that process.  Gina will contact NDIRF to inquire.  Reber will work with the Meyer to get the site cleaned up.  Reber presented an invoice for Moore Engineering for the amount of $25,779.98.  Watkins moved to approve.  Pedersen second.  Polled vote: all yes.

Legal:  The Backflow Ordinance was discussed.  Radermacher will follow up with the Sales Tax Ordinance.

Public Work Department: Schaffer stated that he has been approached about 3rd Avenue NW between Main Street and 1st Street NW.  When vehicles are parked on both sides of the road, it can become difficult to get through.  He recommends that the south side should be a no parking zone.  Gentzkow made a motion to make the south side of 3rd Avenue NW between Main Street and 1st Street NW a no parking zone.  Sandness second.  Polled vote: all yes.  Schaffer will order and install signs.

Schaffer also discussed street width on the south side of town.  Most streets in LaMoure are 66 feet wide.  On the south side, many are 80 feet wide and it makes it difficult to make changes to those properties.  He would like the south side to be changed to a 66 foot width.  Radermacher stated that means the council would have to vacate a portion of all of those streets in order to have the information recorded correctly.  Further discussion was tabled until next months meeting.

Old Business: Community Center:  Nogosek presented findings from the LCDC committee that researched the converting the old grocery store into a community center.  The committee has determined that there is no way to get the cost under $200,000.  LCDC has committed $75,000 to the project.  The question is does the city want to move forward with the project?  No action was taken at this time.

Permits:  LaMoure Chamber Retailers – gaming permit – Lazy Pair for off site permit for Ladies Night Out on May 4 at Bank North Mall.  Gentzkow moved to approve both.  Hoggarth second.  Polled vote: all yes.

Police – Chief Hanson presented additional information on the trade in value of the current police vehicle.  Discussion was held at the previous meeting, the council asked for the current trade in value.  The current trade in value is $13,300.   He is looking to purchase in 2023.  The Mayor stated that he did not feel the vehicle needed to be replaced.  Hoggarth feels it should be included in the 2024 budget year.  There were 14 calls for service this month.

Other:  Councilman Hoggarth and Auditor Haugen attended the Spring Conference presented by the ND League of Cities.  Hoggarth presented information on the Backflow program and made some suggestions on how to implement best practices.  He also discussed the need for a Procurement Policy and Haugen presented on Cybersecurity.

Meeting was adjourned at 7:37 pm.


April 2022 Bills  
LaMoure County Recorder             20.00
West End Hide, Fur & Metal           302.84
ND Sewage Pump & Lift           266.85
Swanston Equipment Corp       6,450.00
Dakota Valley Electric           131.00
DRN           527.27
Central Business Systems             76.50
Dakota Dust-Tex           113.60
Bobcat           418.35
LaMoure Chronicle           125.90
LaMoure Co Hwy Dept           204.00
Dakota Valley Services           363.90
LaMoure Hardware           248.14
ITD                2.70
One Call                1.30
Core & Main           600.92
Verizon           354.71
Starion Bond Services     23,930.00
Riteway           390.31
LaMoure Credit Union           258.21
Ottertail Power Co       5,994.39
Good Oil       1,921.28
SE Water Users       9,918.91
Waste Management       6,842.35
ND Dept of Health             16.00
USPS           170.40
Gina Haugen           222.26
Clint Hoggarth           377.56
Builder’s Mart       2,351.51
Dakota Valley Electric       5,333.34
LaMoure Parks        1,265.88
LaMoure Airport           476.65
LaMoure Public Library       1,006.29
AT&T           197.04
LaMoure JDA       6,187.99
NDPERS       7,192.07
NDPERS           230.00
NDPERS       2,612.01
EFTPS       3,929.76
Salaries     14,016.83