Grey Eagle City April 9, 2019

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The regular meeting of the Grey Eagle City Council was called to order by Mayor Joseph Arnzen at 7:00 p.m., on the 9th day of April 2019 in council chambers. Council members present were Roland Ahrendt, Thom Muellner, Bill Pohlmann and Brian Hollenkamp. There were no council members absent. Also in attendance were Chico Hellmann, Lori Hellmann and guests Bryan Bye and Loren Fellbaum.
A motion was made by Thom Muellner to approve the amended agenda. A second was made by Roland Ahrendt and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried.
A motion was made by Bill Pohlmann to approve the minutes of the March 12, 2019 meeting with the following change, page 1704 last paragraph in the last sentence, change the word as to at. A second was made by Brian Hollenkamp and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried.
A motion was made by Thom Muellner to approve the minutes of the March 26, 2019 special meeting with the following changes: page 1706, first paragraph, third sentence, change present to absent. Under guests, change the name Thom to Tom. A second was made by Brian Hollenkamp and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried.
Bryan Bye was on hand to discuss the revised size of the property needed for the new location of the west lift station. The size was adjusted from 80’x70’ to 55’x100’ but the new size will require a twenty foot temporary easement from the Walburn’s during the construction of the lift station. Based on this information, the Walburn’s submitted a written price for this piece to be firm at $15,000 plus the city would be responsible for all costs related to subdividing the parcel, all surveying costs and all closing costs.
A motion was made by Bill Pohlmann to purchase the property from the Walburn’s for $15,000 plus all costs associated with the sale/purchase, which includes the cost to subdivide the parcel, all surveying costs and all closing costs. A second was made by Brian Hollenkamp and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried.
The council discussed the quote for spraying for all city property within the city except for the ball park areas for spring pre-emergence crabgrass and fertilizer for $395.42 from Terrain Aesthetics. A motion was made by Bill Pohlmann to approve the spring spraying only for the quoted price from Terrain Aesthetics. A second was made by Roland Ahrendt and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried.
The following water/wastewater/maintenance items were discussed.
1. The City of Sauk Centre has agreed to do street sweeping for the same price as last year, the first part of May if the weather permits.
2. Will need to order Alum for the ponds.
3. A stone at Lakeview Cemetery was pushed over and will need to be set back up. City employees will attempt to set it back in its place. If they are unsuccessful then a quote will be obtained from Empire Memorial.
4. A letter will be sent to a cement plant regarding washing out the trucks at Trace Lake.
5. The engine heater on the plow truck isn’t working. Chico will look into it.
6. Residents need to be reminded that when taking bags of leaves to the ponds, please empty the bags and take them with you when you leave as they cannot be burned.
The council discussed employee wages for 2020. The Clerk is requesting more city paid health insurance in lieu of a wage increase. No decisions were made at this time.
The Clerk requested a change in office hours for Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. to 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. The later hours are seldom utilized but the Clerk would still like to accommodate a little later time. As always, if the office hours do not meet the needs of our residents, an appointment for a time outside of regular office hours can be made. The council approved the change if office hours as requested.
The Board of Equalization meeting will be held Thursday, April 11th at 1:00 p.m. in council chambers.
A motion was made by Bill Pohlmann to approve Resolution No. 2019-04, A Resolution Approving an Offsite Gambling Permit for the Grey Eagle Burtrum Lions Club. A second was made by Brian Hollenkamp and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried. The resolution is as follows:
Resolution No. 2019-04
A Resolution Approving an Offsite Gambling Permit for the Grey Eagle Burtrum Lions Club
WHEREAS, the Grey Eagle Burtrum Lions Club is the sole sponsor for the community GEMFest Celebration; and
WHEREAS, the Grey Eagle Burtrum Lions Club holds a raffle each year during the community GEMFest Celebration; and
WHEREAS, the Grey Eagle Burtrum Lions Club has a Charitable Gambling Permit issued from the State of Minnesota; and
WHEREAS, the Grey Eagle Burtrum Lions Club wishes to conduct the GEMFest Raffle in the Lions Park at the conclusion of the GEMFest Activities,
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by the City Council of Grey Eagle, Minnesota:
1. The Grey Eagle Burtrum Lions Club is authorized to conduct off site gambling at the Lions Centennial Park located at 318 Maple Street North, in Grey Eagle, Minnesota.
Adopted this 9th day of April, 2019.
The council discussed property clean up and possibly a city wide clean up through Tom’s Refuse. The Clerk will contact Tom’s Refuse for costs.
The council discussed the need to develop a fine list for the courts to be used when enforcing city ordinances. The council will work with the City Attorney to get this done in the near future.
Loren Fellbaum was in attendance to discuss the Maple Street/County Road 33 project with the council. Loren answered questions from the council regarding storm sewer along the two blocks of Maple Street South where this work will take place.
The Clerk was instructed to proceed with delinquent utilities as allowed by ordinance.
The Mayor gave an update on a noxious weed meeting that he attended in Browerville.
A motion was made by Brian Hollenkamp to approve the payment of the bills as listed and to include the payment of the following additional items: $1,337.87 to Sourcewell, $1,773.76 to Minnesota Power, $207.13 to First State Bank of Swanville, and $200 to Central Minnesota Credit Union. A second was made by Thom Muellner and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried.
A motion was made by Thom Muellner to adjourn the meeting at 8:39 p.m. A second was made by Roland Ahrendt and upon vote, with all members voting in favor, motion carried.
The next regular meeting of the Grey Eagle City Council will be held on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 in Council chambers.
Lori Hellmann, Clerk

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