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August 2020 Minutes

The City Council met at 5:30 pm at the Emergency Center with the following members present: Mayor Willey and Council: Gentzkow, Hoggarth, Watkins,   Nogosek, Sandness, and Pedersen; employees Haugen and Schaffer, newspaper Hagebock.  Attending via conference call was Attorney Radermacher and engineer Reber. Also in attendance was guest Lyle Albertson.

Mayor Willey swore in Councilman Greg Pedersen.

Minutes:  Gentzkow moved Sandness second to approve June Council and Special meeting minutes. Polled vote: all yes

Financial:  Hoggarth moved, Gentzkow second to accept financial reports as presented.  Polled vote: all yes

Bills for August:  Gentzkow moved, Nogosek second to approve bills as presented. Polled vote: all yes

Water Tower Loan Increase Resolution was presented.  Watkins moved to approve the resolution as presented, Hoggarth second.  Polled vote; all yes.

Engineer Report:     Reber reported that the contractor would like to start laying the base this fall.  Hoggarth will talk with the Steffes about that possibility.

The special assessment process will start next week.  The commission will be the next 2 weeks.  Their proposal will then be posted for 2 weeks and there will be a public hearing at the September Council meeting.  The plan will need to be approved by the Council at the October meeting.

Reber presented an invoice for $21662.50.  Hoggarth moved that the invoice be paid, second by Gentzkow.  Polled vote: all yes.

Public Works Update:   The sinkhole on 1st street east was discussed.  The cause has not yet been determined.  Gentzkow moved to hire a contractor and explore and fix the sinkhole.  Pedersen second.  Polled vote: all yes.  Schaffer will contact Hample Excavating to open it up and determine the solution to fix.   Superintendent Schaffer discussed three bids for replacing the payloader. Discussion was that the city purchased the skid steer as an alternate to replacing the payloader.  Hoggarth moved and Watkins second to purchase new tires for the maintainer.  Polled vote: all yes.

Schaffer then presented pricing to purchase parts for the Bobcat to do the street sweeping.  The council asked Schaffer to get quotes to repair the old sweeper before a decision is made.

Visitor Comments:  Lyle Albertson asked what was being done about the storm sewer and the manholes that are adjacent to his property near the river.  He gave some suggestions and the city will follow up.  Lyle left the meeting.

Legal Matters:  The land purchase with Steffes should close in September.  The possibility of pursuing legal action against the contractor for the repair of the sinkhole would most likely not be financially worth the cost.

Committee Updates:  The updated committee assignments were addressed.

Old Business:

New Business: 

Building Permits:

-Fence- Destinee Christensen – Gentzkow moved, Pedersen second.  Polled vote: all yes.                                                                            -Fence- Little Loboes Daycare- Hoggarth moved, Gentzkow second.  Polled vote: all yes.

The City Council would like to recognized the LaMoure Youth Baseball program for their amazing success this year.  All of the teams were champions.  The Independent League won their state tournament as did the Babe Ruth tournament.  The 12U and 11U teams both won the 3 River League championships.  The City is proud of all your success.