LANCASTER CITY COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS
The Lancaster City Council met for its Regular Meeting on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, at 7:00 P.M. in the Community Center. The following persons were present: Mayor Mike Olson; Council members Kathy Bernstrom; John Stenquist, Bradley Rice and Faye Potrament. Also, present Anna Jauhola, Kittson County Enterprise.
Gordon Dale, City Auditor, met with the council to review and discuss the 2020 Audit. Potrament moved to accept the 2020 budget as presented, second by Bernstrom and carried.
George Hanson, City Attorney presented to the council a deed correcting the 2016 deed that conveyed property in Section 18, Township 162, Range 47 to PodCo LLC. Rice moved to approve the deed and allow the Mayor and Clerk to execute all corresponding documents, second by Bernstrom. Rice, Bernstrom, Stenquist and Olson approved the motion; Potrament abstained.
Hanson also presented a Right-of-way Easement request by PodCo, LLC to land directly behind the sewer pumping station in Section 18, Township 162, Range 47. The easement is 2 rods wide running East-West along the Northside of the pumping station. Stenquist moved to approve the Right-of-way Easement and allow the Mayor and Clerk to execute all corresponding documents, second by Rice. Rice, Bernstrom, Stenquist and Olson approved the motion; Potrament abstained.
Stenquist moved to approve the April 14, 2021 Regular Meeting Minutes, second by Potrament 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 May 2021 bills presented this night and any other bills that have been paid prior to this meeting to avoid late payments, receive discounts & meet payroll and all payroll expenses as approved in the 2021 Rates Fees & Appointments Schedule. Stenquist moved to approve the bills, second by Rice and carried. An abstract of bills will be posted with the minutes and are available upon request to the clerk.
Council discussed that Kittson County DAC is willing to perform the weekly cleaning duties starting sometime in June at the same rates as they charge the Liquor Store. Debbie Groves is available to perform the deep cleaning. Bernstrom moved to hire groves at Step 12 rate of $14.72/hour due to her prior cleaning knowledge and service provided to the city, second by Potrament and carried.
Council discussed the need to purchase a scrubber for the Community Center, City Hall and Liquor Store. Stenquist moved to approve paying an amount up to $1,500.00 for a scrubber, second by Potrament and carried.
Megan Knapp has requested to be allowed to have 15 chickens on her property at 200 Iowa Ave that is .94 acres in size. The current ordinance currently allows 4 chickens. The license must be renewed annually and there is currently no license fee set. Stenquist moved to allow a maximum of 15 chickens on this property with a licensed fee of zero, second by Rice and carried.
Dana Wojciechowski, with Wojo’s Rodeo, and Nikki Larson met with the council to submit the June 25 and June 26, 2021 Rodeo Event License and Hold Harmless Agreement along with a certificate of liability insurance in the amount of 2 million dollars as required. Potrament moved to approve the Event License, second by Bernstrom and carried.
Council discussed serving alcohol at rodeo and that a special event license and additional liquor liability insurance would need to be obtained. Rice moved to obtain the license and liability insurance, second by Stenquist and carried.
Darick Sjostrand submitted his resignation from the Fire Department effective April 16, 2021. Potrament moved to accept the resignation, second by Bernstrom and carried.
Olson received a quote from Billy Thorsteinson to remove, install and cleanup the shingles from the Gazebo. Stenquist moved to accept the quote, second by Rice and carried.
Council reviewed the April 2021 City and Liquor Store financial information.
Clerk reported that credit cards can be used via the city website or directly in the city office and that account statements will have the necessary information printed on them.
Other items discussed: Cleaning for Memorial weekend and Heritage Days; mosquito spraying; Liquor Store help; park tables; Lion’s bingo, sports complex.
Olson received a quote from Rigg Electric to install underground wire and extra lighting in the Old Fire Hall of $3,286.65. Olson notes that the concrete will need to removed by the city to install the underground wire. Bernstrom moved to accept the quote, second by Rice and carried.
As there was no further business the council adjourned.
Carol Johnson, Clerk/Treasurer Approved: Mike Olson, Mayor
Approval Date: June 9, 2021
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