City Council Meeting September 14, 2020
The City Council met at 5:30 pm at the Emergency Center with the following members present: Mayor Willey and Council: Gentzkow, Hoggarth, Nogosek, Sandness, and Pedersen; employees Haugen and Schaffer, Engineer Reber, newspaper Hagebock. Attending via conference call was Attorney Radermacher. Robert Flath was also in attendance.
Mayor Willey called the meeting to order.
Public Hearing on the Budget: Discussion with regards to the Street Fund 201 were discussed. Hoggarth moved to move $18,000 into the 201 Fund, second by Pedersen. Polled vote: all yes. Motion carried.
Gentzkow moved to approve the 2021 budget, Sandess second. Polled vote, all yes. Motion carried.
Minutes: Hoggarth moved Gentzkow second to approve July Council meeting minutes. Polled vote: all yes. Motion carried
Financial: Pedersen moved, Sandness second to accept financial reports as presented. Polled vote: all yes. Motion carried
Bills for August: Gentzkow moved, Hoggarth second to approve bills as presented. Polled vote: all yes. Motion carried.
Legal Matters: Steffes land purchase is completed. Radermacher is currently working on the contractor contracts and the lift station by the grocery store/hardware store.
Engineer Report: The pre-construction meeting for the water tower is scheduled. Reber presented the Resolution for Directing Assessments to be levied. The amount is for $1,650,000. Gentzkow moved to pass the resolution as presented, Hoggarth second. Polled Vote: all yes. Motion carried
Reber presented the resolution for Creating the fund for the water tower. Hoggarth moved to approve as presented. Gentzkow second. Polled vote: all yes. Motion carried.
Protest meeting for the Special Assessments is scheduled for September 28 at 6 pm in the Emergency Center. Reber presented an invoice for $8,477.50 to be paid. Pedersen moved to pay and Nogosek second. Polled vote: all yes. Motion carried. Flood Protection plan, the study is $2000.00. The city needs to decide if they want to pursue this. Reber will set up a meeting with Curt Lysne to get more information on the best path forward. Reber left the meeting.
Loan Resolution for the initial water tower loan was presented. Nogosek moved to approve the resolution as presented, Pedersen seconded. Polled vote: all yes. Motion carried.
Visitor Comments: Robert Flath presented information on becoming a Tree City USA city. The lake needs tree management done, and there are programs to help financially with this process. One of the requirements is that LaMoure become a Tree City USA again. To qualify, a budget is needed for Forestry, along with a city forester and an Arbor Day proclamation. Council will look into what qualifications a forester needs and move forward to find one. Once that is complete an application will be submitted.
Public Works Update: The sinkhole on 1st street east has been repaired. The sewer had not been capped correctly so the area was filled with rock and asphalt, topped with concrete and gravel. The daycare made 2 cuts in the road; they will be billed $2,500/cut. They will also be added to the utility billing system this month.
Mosquito charges have been charged monthly since last spring as was agreed to by the council last year. The charges were to stay on until the chemical and new fogger were paid for. Haugen asked to remove the charges since we had been collecting for an entire year and had not purchased the fogger. Council decided to leave on charges and Schaffer is to get pricing and purchase information for a new fogger for October’s meeting.
Hoggarth made a motion to rescind the previous motion to purchase new tires for the city maintainer. Sandness seconded. Polled vote: all yes. Motion rescinded.
Schaffer requested a meeting with the Street Committee.
-St Rose Care Center- Raffle – Pedersen moved; Gentzkow second. Polled vote: all yes. Permit approved.
-Rose City, Inc – new signing at Good Oil- Nogosek moved: Pedersen second. Polled vote: all yes. Permit approved.
-Delvin Pfaff- garden shed – Hoggarth moved; Nogosek second. Polled vote: all yes. Permit approved.
-Little Loboes Daycare- well and shed permits – Gentzkow moved: Pedersen second. Polled vote: all yes. Permits approved
-Heather Strehlow- convert deck to cover porch. Pedersen moved: Nogosek second. Polled vote: all yes. Permit approved.
Police Department: 29 calls for service. 4 clean up letters issued, 1 citation written for violation of the clean-up order.
Other business: The League of Cities Annual Meeting is being held virtually this year on September 24 & 25.