There was an informational meeting starting at 5:30pm in the Swanville Center with Messina Owings present from Central MN Housing Partnership Inc.to go over the applications for having rehabilitation work completed on homes and businesses in the City of Swanville. Many interested residents filtered in and out during the allotted time frame which ended about 6:30 pm. The applications will be submitted to the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Small Cities funding program.
Minutes from the City of Swanville Public Hearing held in the Swanville Center on Tuesday, February 8, 2022. The hearing was called to order at 6:45 pm with the following members present: Mayor Lange, John Dragseth, Norm Carlson, Tony Maciej and Jim Molitor. Also present: Clif Allen and Sarah Brunsvold. Mayor Lange opened the meeting and turned it over to City Engineer, Clif Allen. Allen explained in detail the overview of the Small Cities Development Program, proposed project, costs and financing, staff roles, protection of historic properties, and then gave time for public comments. The public hearing was then closed.
Minutes of the Swanville City Council meeting held in the Swanville Center on Tuesday, February 8, 2022. The meeting called to order 7:00 p.m. with the following members present: Sandy Lange, John Dragseth, Norm Carlson, Jim Molitor and Tony Maciej. Also present: Clif Allen, Sarah Brunsvold, Messina Owings, Dan Noss, Kathy Marshik, Brian Schneider, Lonny Hutchins, and a voice recorder was present for reporter Terry Lehrke.
Minutes of the Swanville City Council meeting Tuesday, January 4, 2022 was reviewed. A motion was made by Jim Molitor to approve the minutes. Tony Maciej seconded the motion. All members voted in favor, motion carried.
The treasures report was given. A motion was made by Tony Maciej and seconded by John Dragseth to approve the treasurer’s report. All members voted in favor, motion carried.
Brian Schneider would like to add onto his existing house a 28’x36’ addition including a basement under the addition. His plans meet all the setbacks. Jim Molitor made a motion to give Schneider a land use permit for the addition. Norm Carlson seconded the motion. All members voted in favor, motion carried.
Messina Ownings from Central MN Housing Partnership explained to council the steps that will be taken for the DEED Small Cities Funding for the City of Swanville. First the citizen participation plan was read, then the conflict-of-interest disclosure plan and then the local government application resolution. After discussion, John Dragseth made a motion to sign the citizen partition plan, the conflict-of-interest form and accept resolution #22-0208B. Jim Molitor seconded the motion. All members voted in favor, except Norm Carlson who abstained, motion carried. Ownings will keep the council informed of the funding progress.
Clif Allen, City Engineer, was present to go over the final process of the Small Cities Development Program (SCDP). The application cover sheet was explained and discussed. Tony Maciej made a motion to sign the cover sheet. Jim Molitor seconded the motion. The application in the amount requested of $600,000.00 was discussed. Jim Molitor made a motion to sign the application. Norm Carlson seconded the motion. The conflict-of-interest form was presented and finally Local Government Resolution #22-0208C was presented. John Dragseth made a motion to adopt Resolution #22-0208C. Tony Maciej seconded the motion. All members voted in favor of all the motions, motions carried. Sarah Brunsvold, Moore Engineering, was also present to go over the preliminary layout of the water reservoir and pump house with council.
Mayor Lange brought to the attention of the council the minutes from November 6, 2019 states North Berkey 2nd Addition which is wrong and needs to be corrected to North Berkey 1st Addition. Tony Maciej made a motion to change the minutes to read 1st Addition in the minutes. Norm Carlson seconded the motion. All members voted in favor, motion carried.
Mayor Lange presented to council a bill drafted by Ron Kresha’s office which was presented at the MN Legislation. The bill is for appropriating money for the water system improvements.
Mayor Lange gave an update on the Swanville City Museum located in the Swanville Center. Walls are up and ready to be painted. Flooring will be installed and the project will be completed soon. The mayor stated anyone with Swanville memorabilia can bring it in to be displayed.
Lucky’s Saloon’s liquor licenses will be expiring March 6, 2022. Mayor Lange made a motion to renew the liquor license for Lucky’s Saloon for one year with the following fees: Off Sale $150.00, On Sale $2000.00, and Sunday License $250.00, 2:00am Closing $100.00 for a total of $2500.00. Tony Maciej seconded the motion. All members voted in favor, motion carried. The clerk will send out the necessary paper work.
Mayor Lange presented to council Resolution #22-0208D accepting a $9000.00 donation from the Swanville Lions to be used toward the Swanville City Park. This donation is for 2020, 2021, and 2022. John Dragseth made a motion to except Resolution #22-0208D and thank the Lions Club for all the support they give to the city. Jim Molitor seconded the motion. all members voted in favor, motion carried.
Mayor Lange presented Resolution #22-0208A a resolution supporting housing and local decision-making authority. The League of MN Cities endorses this resolution in keeping planning and zoning on a local level rather than a state wide level. After discussion, Jim Molitor made a motion to adopt resolution #22-0208A. Norm Carlson seconded the motion. All members voted in favor, motion carried.
Annual city wide clean up day was discussed. It was decided Saturday, May 7, 2022 will work.
John Dragseth stated that residents should be reminded of the city dog ordinance. There has been numerous dogs running loose in the city and there was reported that two dogs have been shot. The Mayor will put a notice that dogs must be kept on a leash and not let run loose. Also the city prohibits the discharge of firearms including air guns/BB guns in the city limits.
Danny Noss and Kathy Marshik from the Morrison County Veteran’s office presented the City of Swanville with a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Sign. Beyond the Yellow Ribbon is a statewide initiative to synchronize community, county and company resources in support of service members, veterans and military families.
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. John Dragseth seconded the motion. All members voted in favor, motion carried.
The next regular monthly meeting will be held Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at 7:00 pm in the Swanville Center.
There being no further business, a motion was made by Tony Maciej and seconded by John Dragseth to adjourn. All members voted in favor, motion carried. Meeting adjourned 8:50 pm.
Julie Hollermann, City Clerk/Treasurer