Minutes of the Swanville City Council meeting held in the Swanville Center on Tuesday, October 6, 2020. The meeting was called to order 7:00 p.m. with the following members present: Sandy Lange, Deb Wood, Norm Carlson, Jim Molitor, and Tony Maciej. Also present: Sharon Blumke, Clif Allen, Terry Lanoue, John Dragseth, Lonny Hutchins, and reporter Sheila Bergren.
Minutes from the September 8, 2020 Swanville City Council meeting were reviewed. After discussion, 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 Deb Wood and seconded by Norm Carlson to approve the treasurer’s report. All members voted in favor, motion carried.
Sharon Blumke presented her land use permit application to have a 14’x20’ or 12’x20’ storage shed put on her land in back on her property on North Berkey Avenue. Lonny Hutchins representing P & Z approved the permit. Jim Molitor made a motion to approve the land use for Blumke. Deb Wood seconded the motion. All members voted in favor, motion carried.
A land use permit was received from John Hoogenhaus. He would like to add an 8’x40’ cement slab by his garage on his property in Forest Hill Lane. Hutchins approved the permit. Tony Maciej made a motion to approve the land use permit. Deb Wood seconded the motion. All members voted in favor, motion carried.
City Engineer, Clif Allen, Moore Engineering, was present to go over with council a grant that is available to the city for up to $600,000.00 from the Small Cities Development Program, a grant issued by the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). This grant is commonly matched up with Rural Development funding. Allen explained for Moore Engineering to fill out the grant application for the city there will be a fee of $6500.00 and needs to be sent in by November 17th. After discussion Mayor Lange made a motion to have Allen proceed with the grant application. Jim Molitor seconded the motion. All members voted in favor, motion carried.
Terry Lanoue, from Long Prairie Sanitation, was present to ask the council if the pickup day for refuse for the City of Swanville can change from Friday to Monday. Norm Carlson made a motion to have LPS change the pickup date to Monday for refuse and every other Monday for recycling. Deb Wood seconded the motion. All members voted in favor, motion carried. Lanoue stated he will send out calendars to all residents with the new date for each month and recycling pickup will be every other Monday as well. Pickup will start Monday, October 26th.
Federal CARES ACT money items purchased this month included automatic door openers for the Swanville Center, hand sanitation stations and sanitizers put up in city owned buildings, and $843.52 paid out to Swanville First Response Team for supplies. After discussion Jim Molitor made a motion to purchase tablets for council members to have zoom meetings, a TV and equipment to have televised meeting and purchase park benches for city parks. Norm Carlson seconded the motion. All members voted in favor, motion carried.
City maintenance man, Lonny, stated the lawnmower has over 780 hours on it and the warranty is off. Council asked Lonny to have a quote for a new mower by next meeting. Otherwise all the equipment was getting ready for the winter months.
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. Tony Maciej seconded the motion. All members voted in favor, motion carried.
The next regular monthly meeting will be held Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 7:00 pm, this change taking place because of Election Day on November 3, 2020.
There being no further business, a motion was made by Tony Maciej and seconded by Deb Wood to adjourn. All members voted in favor, motion carried. Meeting adjourned 8:50 pm.
Julie Hollermann, City Clerk/Treasurer