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June Council Minutes

City Council Meeting                                                                  June 8, 2020

The City Council met at 5:30 pm at the Emergency Center with the following members present: Mayor Willey and Council: Gentzkow, Hoggarth, Watkins, Arndt, Matzke, Nogosek, employee Haugen newspaper Hagebock and guests: Bob Flath and Ryan Lesko.  Attending via conference call were Attorney Radermacher, Engineer Reber and public works Schaffer.

Minutes:  Gentzkow moved, Hoggarth second to approve June meeting minutes with change on the building permit. Polled vote: all yes

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

Bills for June:  Watkins moved, Hoggarth second to approve bills as presented. Polled vote: all yes

Visitor Remarks

          Building Permits:  Ryan Lesko asked the Council to approve a fence for his front yard to protect his kids on the busy road between the school and his house.  He will have to apply for a variance for the fence.  A vote was taken to approve contingent on the variance being completed and that the fence is temporary and will be removed in 5 years.  Polled vote: Gentzkow, Watkins, Arndt, Nogosek and Matzke: Yes.  Hoggarth: No.  Motion passed

          Sharon Morse: fence- Polled vote: all yes

          Linda Wick: fence- the fence comes out further into the city right of way, therefore does not meet the requirements.  This is a rental property so only the owner can ask for a variance.  Permit denied.

          Heath Schaffer: removal of house.  Polled vote.  All yes- motion passed.

          Gaming Permit:  Little Loboes Bright Beginnings Daycare Center for Raffle.  Polled vote: all yes.

Engineer Report:  Thurday, June 25 am.  Virtual bid opening.                                    Award the bid at a Special Council Meeting on Monday, June 29 at 5:30 pm. Appoint commission on the first meeting in August.                                              Asked to pay invoice for 5355.00.  Hoggarth moved, Nogosek second.  Polled vote: all yes

Public Works Update:   Public Works: Schaffer: crack sealing is being done by the county.  He has requested quotes from Climate Control for dust control on the roads along town.                                                                                                           Schaffer would like to hire another employee for the Public Works department.  After discussion and a recommendation from the personnel committee; Watkins moved to advertise for a seasonal employee, Hoggarth second. Polled vote: all yes.                                                                         Councilman Arndt expressed concern about child safety crossing 1st St West to the pool and requested that a cross walk sign and painting be done on that corner.  Schaffer will order the supplies and put in place.

Old Business: 

          -Property cleanup : several propertied that were notified have made significant progress and it is appreciated.  There are a few properties that have not.  Attorney Radermacher will proceed with sending those properties a follow-up letter and if no progress is made, they will then be summoned into municipal court.


New Business: 

          – Liquor license applications for July1, 2020 valid through December 31, 2020 were presented for Nogo’s Tapper, Centerfield Bar & Grill and The Other Bar.  Gentzkow moved to approve all the of the applications, Watkins second. Polled vote; all yes. 

          -Auditors Bond Resolution was presented in the amount of $790,000.00.  This amount is significantly higher than last years bond, due to the grant money for the water tower project.  Watkins moved to approve the bond, Hoggarth seconded.  Polled vote: all yes.

          -Resolution for Tax Exemptions for Improvements made on an existing property.  Gentzkow moved to approve the resolution for a two year tax exemption to be given on properties that meet the state guidelines that the structure must be at least 25 years old, have no delinquent taxes and that the exemption applies only to the first $150,000 of the full and true value of the improvements.  Matzke seconded.  Polled vote: all yes.

Other Business:  At this time, Councilman Matzke tendered his resignation from the Council as he has moved out of town. Mayor Willey accepted his resignation and thanked him for his service.

Meeting Adjourned at 6:40 pm.