Grey Eagle City April 14, 2020

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The regular meeting of the Grey Eagle City Council was called to order via teleconference by Mayor Joseph Arnzen at 7:00 p.m., on the 14th day of April 2020 in council chambers. Council members present via computer or phone were Roland Ahrendt, Bill Pohlmann, Thom Muellner and Brian Hollenkamp. Also in attendance were John Call, Lori Hellmann and online guests Romie and Beth Gessell, Jim Brake, Bryan Bye and Greg Stang.
A motion was made by Thom Muellner to approve the amended agenda. A second was made by Bill Pohlmann and a roll call vote was taken. Joe Arnzen – aye, Thom Muellner – aye, Brian Hollenkamp – aye, Bill Pohlmann – aye, Roland Ahrendt – aye. Motion carried.
A motion was made by Thom Muellner approve the minutes of the March 10, 2020 meeting as written. A second was made by Brian Hollenkamp and a roll call vote was taken. Joe Arnzen – aye, Thom Muellner – aye, Brian Hollenkamp – aye, Bill Pohlmann – aye, Roland Ahrendt – aye. Motion carried.
A motion was made by Bill Pohlmann to approve the minutes of the March 16, 2020 Special Meeting as written. A second was made by Roland Ahrendt and a roll call vote was taken. Joe Arnzen – aye, Thom Muellner – aye, Brian Hollenkamp – aye, Bill Pohlmann – aye, Roland Ahrendt – aye. Motion carried.
A motion was made by Thom Muellner to approve the minutes of the March 20, 2020 Emergency Meeting as written. A second was made by Brian Hollenkamp and a roll call vote was taken. Joe Arnzen – aye, Thom Muellner – aye, Brian Hollenkamp – aye, Bill Pohlmann – aye, Roland Ahrendt – aye. Motion carried.
Greg Stang from PeopleService updated the council on water and wastewater items. Due to the extremely wet fall the ponds were dangerously close to the top of the rip rap and could have compromised the liner which would have resulted in washing out the dykes. They worked with the adjoining property owner and the MPCA to treat and discharge to alleviate the pressure on the ponds. This resulted in extra hours for John which is not covered under the current contract.
Mayor Joe Arnzen opened the public hearing on the Gessell Square Preliminary Plat at 7:15 p.m.
A preliminary and final plat have been provided by Rod Eldevik on behalf of Romie and Beth Gessell. The Gessell’s would like to sell off the remaining portion of property along State Highway 287 west of the Dollar General property. The south boundary running east and west would be in line with the Dollar General south boundary running east and west. A title opinion was done as part of the plat requirements and MN DOT is requiring that the property owner obtain a change-in-use driveway permit. This change-in-use driveway permit must be obtained before the plat could be recorded with Todd County. There were no public comments or concerns.
There were no comments from residents on the proposed plat.
Mayor Joe Arnzen closed the public hearing at 7:23 p.m.
A motion was made by Brian Hollenkamp to approve the preliminary and final Gessell Square Plat as submitted when MN DOT requirements are fulfilled. A second was made by Roland Ahrendt and a roll call vote was taken. Joe Arnzen – aye, Thom Muellner – aye, Brian Hollenkamp – aye, Bill Pohlmann – aye, Roland Ahrendt – aye. Motion carried.
Bryan Bye discussed areas where there were questions on street and or gravel in areas where street reconstruction would take place. In some areas, there is pavement that is wider than the street and a few sidewalks that don’t tie in to any other sidewalk. Bryan will look into costs for the parking areas of St. Joseph’s Church. Once those numbers are obtained, the Clerk will contact someone from St. Joseph’s to see if they would like the parking area redone during the project.
Mayor Joe Arnzen opened the public hearing on Ordinance 2020-01, Addition of Chapter 15 at 8:10 p.m.
It is recommended that an Ordinance be adopted establishing fees for Emergency Fire Protection Fire Services under Fire Service Contracts. Any fees would be adopted by Resolution. The City Attorney has reviewed the ordinance. There were no public comments or concerns.
The public hearing was closed at 8:20 p.m.
A motion was made by Bill Pohlmann to adopt Ordinance 2020-01, Addition of Chapter 15, Establishing Fees for Emergency Fire Protection Fire Services under Fire Service Contracts. A second was made by Brian Hollenkamp and a roll call vote was taken. Joe Arnzen – aye, Bill Pohlmann – aye, Brian Hollenkamp – aye, Thom Muellner – aye, Roland Ahrendt – aye. Motion carried.
There is some interest in a community garden on the east side of the City. The property owner wanted to know about water brought in at this location. Water would need to be provided at the property owner’s expense.
A motion was made by Roland Ahrendt to approve the Off-Site Gambling permit for the Grey Eagle Burtrum Lions Club. A second was made by Brian Hollenkamp and a roll call vote was taken. Joe Arnzen – aye, Roland Ahrendt –aye, Bill Pohlmann – aye, Thom Muellner –aye, Brian Hollenkamp – aye. Motion carried.
Tom’s Refuse provided dates for Spring and Fall Leaf and Lawn as well as a City Wide Clean up date. The Council opted to not do the City Wide Clean up date. Spring Leaf and Lawn will be May 1st and Fall Leaf and Lawn will be October 16th.
Cans R Us provide service to the restrooms at Bass Lake and Laughlin Park. They clean and sanitize these restrooms once per week and signs will be posted so that the public is aware. Other restrooms at the City parks will NOT be opened for use based on recommendations by the League of Minnesota Cities, who provides the City insurance.
Jim Brake was in attendance remotely seeking a building permit to put up a 14’ x 16’ entryway on the east side of his home that would include a new dark brown steel roof, and new siding. The entryway would be approximately 30’ – 35’ from the edge of the road. A motion was made by Brian Hollenkamp to approve the building permit for Jim Brake. A second was made by Roland Ahrendt and a roll call vote was taken. Joe Arnzen – aye, Roland Ahrendt – aye, Thom Muellner –aye, Bill Pohlmann – aye, Brian Hollenkamp – aye. Motion carried.
A motion was made by Brian Hollenkamp to approve the fund transfer as follows: $153.18 from the General Fund, of which $31.68 goes to the Water Fund and $121.50 goes to the Sewer Fund for Fire Hall, Library and Old City Hall utilities. A second was made by Thom Muellner and a roll call vote was taken. Thom Muellner – aye, Joe Arnzen – aye, Bill Pohlmann – aye, Brian Hollenkamp – aye, Roland Ahrendt – aye. Motion carried.
John Call updated the council on items that have been taken care of or will be taken care of over the next couple of weeks. Things are going well over all.
A motion was made by Roland Ahrendt to approve the payment claims #1825–1846. A second was made by Brian Hollenkamp and a roll call vote was taken. Roland Ahrendt – aye, Bill Pohlmann – aye, Brian Hollenkamp – aye, Thom Muellner – aye, Joe Arnzen – aye. Motion carried.
A motion was made by Brian Hollenkamp to adjourn the meeting at 8:38 p.m. A second was made by Thom Muellner and a roll call vote was taken. Roland Ahrendt – aye, Joe Arnzen – aye, Bill Pohlmann – aye, Brian Hollenkamp – aye, Thom Muellner – aye. Motion carried.
The next regular meeting of the Grey Eagle City Council will be held on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 in council chambers.
Lori Hellmann, Clerk

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