These are unapproved minutes.
Call to Order/Attendance: The City Council meeting was called to order at Upsala City Hall by Mayor Rollie Johnson at 7:00 p.m. The pledge of allegiance was said.
On roll call members present were: Mayor Rollie Johnson, Brian Lange, and Dennis Westrich; Absent: Olson.
People present: Council Elect Lana Bartells, Great River Regional Library Branch Services Coordinator for Upsala Wanda Erickson, MC Record reporter Sheila McCoy, City Engineer Scott Hedlund, Public Works Frank Koopmeiners, and City Clerk/Treasurer Michelle Stevens.
Oaths of Office: Stevens swore in Dennis Westrich as four-year term Council Member for 2017-2020 and presented him with a Certificate of Election.
Stevens swore in Lana Bartells as four-year term Council Member for 2017-2020 and presented her with a Certificate of Election.
Stevens swore in Rollie Johnson as two-year term Mayor for 2017-2018 and presented him with a Certificate of Election.
Minutes: Lange moved to approve minutes from December 5, 2016 City Council Meeting, 2nd by Westrich. Motion carried unanimously.
Added agenda items: Westrich moved to approve the agenda as presented, 2nd by Lange. Motion carried unanimously.
Presentation, Citizen Appeals: Wanda Erickson, the Great River Regional Library Branch Service Coordinator for Upsala presented the “Minnesota Loves Libraries” statewide effort sponsored by the Council of Regional Public Library System Administrators to gather stories from library users to be presented to the legislators on Minnesota Library Legislative Day in March at the State Capitol.
Maintenance Report: Koopmeiners reported on water and sewer levels.
Koopmeiners stated that the leak at the Rec Building is temporarily fixed until it can be accessed this summer.
The pump on the lift station is be scheduled to be repaired.
The air compressor at the water plant has been repaired.
The part for the sander on the City’s plow truck is not in yet.
Fire Department Report: No meeting was held last month.
The department was called out to a house fire on the 2nd of January. Officers will be recommended at the next City Council meeting.
Rescue Squad: Larry Bartells updated the council on trainings.
City Office Report: Stevens reviewed the January Calendar.
Stevens discussed the internship program through NJPA and Region 5; informing the council of the two interns for the next two semesters. The first semester inter will be Eli Stevens, the summer semester intern will be Alex Determan.
Stevens reported on the petty cash for the quarter.
Planning Commission: The Commissioners discussed Ordinance 2017-1, and also asked Dan to draw new plans with a goal to have them by January City Council Meeting.
Their next meeting is Wednesday, January 18th at City Hall.
UCDC No meeting was held. The next meeting is January 17th at 7 p.m. at City Hall.
Recreation Board: No meeting was held.
Public Hearing: Franchise Fee Ordinance 2017-1
Mayor Johnson recessed the regular City Council meeting and called to order the Public Hearing on Franchise Fee Ordinance 2017-1; an ordinance that would add a $5.00 fee on to each resident’s Minnesota Power Utility bill.
No Comments were heard.
Mayor Johnson call the City Council meeting back to order.
Franchise Fee Ordinance 2017-1: Lange moved to adopt Ordinance 2017-1; and ordinance approving a $5.00 Franchise Fee to be included in each resident’s Minnesota Power Utility bill with the revenue going to streets and structures, 2nd by Bartells. Motion carried unanimously.
Unfinished Business: Vacation/ Personnel Policy
Maintenance/City Hall Building: The plans and estimated costs will be presented at the February Council meeting.
Toning Plus Contract: Lange moved to approve the Toning Plus Lease for 2017, 2nd by Westrich. Motion carried unanimously.
Allowing Transfer of Electronic Funds: Resolution 1-3-17-1: Lange moved to approve Resolution 1-3-17-1 allowing the Transfer of Electronic Funds, 2nd by Bartells. Motion carried unanimously.
Allowing Handwritten and Computer Generated Checks, Resolution 1-3-17-2: Lange moved to approve Resolution 1-3-17-2 allowing Handwritten and Computer Generated Checks, 2nd by Westrich. Motion carried unanimously.
2017 Fee Schedule, Resolution 1-3-17-3: Lange moved to approve Resolution 1-3-17-3 adopting the 2017 Fee Schedule as presented with the updated deposit for the Rec. Building, 2nd by Westrich. Motion carried unanimously.
2017 Designations & Appointments: Westrich moved to approve the appointments for 2017 as presented, 2nd by Bartells. Motion carried unanimously.
Liability Coverage Waiver: Lange moved to not waive the monetary limits on municipal tort liability established by Minnesota Statute 466.04, 2nd by Westrich. Motion carried unanimously.
Local Board of Appeal & Equalization: Lange moved to approve Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 10:30 am at the Upsala City Hall as the date, time, and location for the annual Local Board of Appeal, 2nd by Westrich. Motion carried unanimously.
Wellhead Protection Plan: Stevens explained the required Wellhead Protection Plan (WHP) and that MN Dept. of Health is requesting it be completed by August 1, 2017.
Borgstrom Street, Kraemer Trucking & Excavating Payment: Lange moved to approve the payment of $26,811.15 to Kraemer Trucking and Excavating for the sewer repair on Borgstrom Street, 2nd by Bartells. Motion carried unanimously.
FEMA, Flood Risk Map for Morrison County: There will be a meeting on January 11 from 11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. to discuss the Risk Mapping, Assessment, and Planning for Morrison County. Mayor Johnson stated he plans to attend the meeting.
Performance Review: Lange moved to schedule performance reviews for 7:00 p.m. on January 12 , 2nd by Westrich. Motion carried unanimously.
Thank you and Acknowledgements: Mayor Johnson extended a huge thank you to Charlie Gunderson for stepping in as interim First Response President.
Johnson also congratulated Rodney Hayes, Brady Burggraff, and Mark Gilles for winning the Holiday Decoration Contest this year and receiving $150, $100 and $50 in Upsala Bucks consecutively.
Financial: Bartells moved to approve the bills as presented, 2nd by Lange. Motion carried unanimously.
Adjourn: Lange moved to adjourn at 9:08 p.m., 2nd by Westrich. Motion carried unanimously.
Michelle Stevens, Clerk/Treasurer