Minutes of the Swanville City Council meeting held in the Swanville Center on Tuesday, August 8, 2021. The meeting called to order 7:00 p.m. with the following members present: Sandy Lange, John Dragseth, Norm Carlson, Tony Maciej and Jim Molitor. Also present: Doug & Elaine Mrozek, Jerry Koester, Bryan Allen, Dan Thieschafer, John Loxterkamp and reporter Tyler Ohmann.
Minutes of the Swanville City Council meeting Tuesday, July 6, 2021 was reviewed. A motion was made by Tony Maciej to approve the minutes. Jim Molitor seconded the motion. All members voted in favor, motion carried.
The treasures report was given. A motion was made by Norm Carlson and seconded by John Dragseth to approve the treasurer’s report. All members voted in favor, motion carried.
Bryan Allen was present to confirm with the council he will no longer pursue the campground idea on his property to the east of 4th Street in Swanville as he presented in July. Allen presented to the council he would like to divide his property into 4 or 5 lots for houses to be built on. He would like to have city water piped into each of the lots. City sewer would not be needed as individual septic systems would be installed in each of the lots. Allen would like to visit with the city engineer, at his cost, to see if city water would be a possibility. Mayor Lange stated the city water system can handle the extra hookups to the lots but is unsure what kind of water pressure there would be. The cost for the water outside of the city limits would be higher than what residents pay. Council was in favor of Allen talking with the City Engineer. Property owners in Swanville Township, neighboring Allen’s land, were present to speak concerns on the development also. Morrison County Planning & Zoning has the criteria of what needs to be met for the lots.
City Code Article 1: Administration, was handed out to council to look over and give comments for the next council meeting. The City Vision, Mission, Values and Goals plan was also handed out to council members and asked to look over for the next council meeting as well.
Discussion on the city purchasing “slum houses” that come up for sale were discussed. The city would purchase the lot, demolish the house and then put the empty lot up for sale for a new house to be built. Mayor Lange will visit with the city attorney on this item.
The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was discussed. The Clerk will put in an application for this money. After the money is applied for, half will be received within the month and the other half will be received next year.
Trees on the city boulevard were discussed. Trees that are dead or need to be trimmed will be removed at the city’s expense. Property owners are expected to cut the grass on the boulevard and shovel the snow on the sidewalk adjacent to their property.
The city attorney contract agreement with Quinlivan and Hughes, formally Brown, Krueger & Vancura from Long Prairie, was discussed. Fees will be $150.00 an hour for 2021-22 and $175.00 an hour in 2023. Tony Maciej made a motion to sign the city attorney agreement. John Dragseth seconded the motion. All members voted in favor. motion carried.
The Annual Swanville Rural Fire Association meeting will be held Tuesday, August 24, 8:00 p.m.
The following claims were presented for payment. Members of the council were furnished with a listing. Jim Molitor made a motion to approve the claims. Norm Carlson seconded the motion. All members voted in favor, motion carried.
The next regular monthly meeting will be held Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. in the Swanville Center.
There being no further business, a motion was made by Tony Maciej and seconded by Norm Carlson to adjourn. All members voted in favor, motion carried. Meeting adjourned 8:15pm.
Julie Hollermann, City Clerk/Treasurer
*The Swanville Rural Fire Association meeting was held on August 24, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. Council members present: Sandy Lange, John Dragseth, Norm Carlson.
At the meeting it was decided to raise the annual budget from $55,000.00 to $58,000.00 for the year 2021-2022.
Julie Hollermann, City Clerk/Treasurer