LANCASTER CITY COUNCIL
The Lancaster City Council met for its
regular meeting on Wednesday, December 14, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. in the
City Hall. The
following members were present: Rice, Olson, Swenson and
Barron. Stenquist was
Olson moved to approve the minutes of the
November 9, 2011 regular meeting, second by Barron and carried. A copy of the Minutes
will be posted at the Lancaster City Hall and U.S. Post Office and
available upon request to the clerk.
The council reviewed the December 2011 Bills
to be paid. Barron moved to approve the bills for payment, second by
Swenson and carried. An
abstract of bills will be posted with the minutes and are available
upon request to the clerk.
The Clerk has a completed liquor license
application for Bernstrom Oil. Olson moved to approve
the 3.2 Off-sale Liquor License for Bernstrom Oil Co. for the period
of January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011 and allow the Clerk and
Mayor to sign the license forms pending receipt of all paperwork,
seconded by Barron and carried.
Rice reported on the status of community
center project grant requests.
Rice met with the United Valley Bank board in November and is
happy to report that United Valley Bank has approved a grant of
$10,000.00 for the project.
Barron moved to accept the grant of $10,000 from United
Valley Bank, second by Swenson and carried.
Olson moved to allow clerk to pay council per
diems for 2011, second by Barron and carried.
Barron moved to allow the mayor to sign the
engagement letter with Hoffman, Dale & Associates for the 2011
city audit, second by Swenson and carried.
Liquor store inventory has been set for
January 2, 2012 at 10:00AM.
Council discussed campground open and close
dates. The council will
not make any changes to the open and close dates at this
Rice reported that he has met with the sewer
and water works employees, Ferguson Waterworks representative and
Arlen Nordin to inspect & repair the grindex pump and discuss
the extremely high water and sewer usage and other issues at the 59
Industrial lift station.
Arlen reports that they have installed flow restrictors on
PodCoís sump pump to restrict flow. Rice reports that all
parties are aware that this pump is not sized for high water
Council again discussed water, sewer and
campground rates for 2012.
Council also discussed implementing a new sewer rate
structure for the 59 industrial park.
Clerk reported that the Community Center
Savings account balance is $27,988.32 as December 9, 2011.
Council reviewed the November City and Liquor
Store financial information, Liquor Store Daily sales.
Clerk reported that the Liquor Store fund
balance is well above itís needs and recommends that $20,000.00 be
transferred to the city general fund for community center project
expenses. Olson move to
transfer $20,000.00 from the Liquor Store fund to the City general
fund, second by Barron and carried.
Rice reported the city warning siren is in
need of some repairs.
Rice also reported that public works director will work on
obtaining the permits needed to move the compost pile from south of
town to northeast of town.
Rice and the clerk will work on the MN Rural
Water interim financing loan application. The architects will be
attending the January meeting with community center plans for
Council Adjourned as there was no further
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