Call to Order/Attendance The City Council meeting was called to order at Upsala City Hall by Mayor Rollie Johnson at 7:02 P.M. The pledge of allegiance was said.
On roll call members present: Mayor Rollie Johnson, Council Members Lana Bartells, Wendy Rene and Alan Gunderson. Absent: Mitch Lange
Staff present: Public Works Director Mike Tschida, and City Clerk-Treasurer Jane Popp.
Minutes Bartells moved to approve the regular city council meeting minutes from March 7, 2023, 2nd by Rene. Motion carried unanimously.
Agenda items Bartells moved to approve the agenda as presented, 2nd by Rene. Motion carried unanimously.
Presentations, Citizen Appeals/requests: Clif Allen from Moore Engineering discussed the options for replacing the water line on main street.
Department Reports: Fire Department Report: Chief Nick Johnson updated the council about the gambling permit for the Firemen’s Relief Association and asked about attending conferences.
First Response Team: First Response Team Vice President Danielle Haus reported thirteen calls for March. The First Response team completed the refresher course. May 29, 2023 they will have the Memorial Day Fundraiser at the REC Center. The First Response will also be volunteering at the Community Center for the evening meal.
Maintenance Report: Tschida reported on water and sewer levels as well as the various tasks done throughout the city. REC Building is complete for the Lions supplies & storage.
City Office Report: Popp reviewed the April Calendar. Popp stated that she attended the MCFOA conference in St. Cloud March 21-23, 2023.
Planning Commission: Larry Bartells was absent. The trailer court area was discussed.
Heritage Days: A meeting is scheduled for April 12, 2023. The committee is excited about a miniature golf course, food trucks and much more to come.
Unfinished Business: Fire & EMS Ledgers, Allocations and Contract The Fire/EMS contract was sent to each entity. Bartells moved approving to send invoices to each entity for the Fire/EMS payment allocations and to request the entities to send the signed contracts back to the City, 2nd by Rene. Motion carried unanimously.
Park Bathrooms: The contractor stated that the city is first on the list to finish the bathrooms.
New Business: Sourcewell Grant for Plow Truck Resolution 4-10-2023-1 Rene moved to accept resolution 4-10-2023-1, approving to send in the grant application for up to $50,000 from Sourcewell, 2nd by Gunderson. Motion carried unanimously. Approve State of Minnesota Joint Powers Agreement Resolution 4-10-2023-2 Bartells moved to accept resolution 4-10-2023-2, accepting the State of Minnesota Joint Powers Agreement, 2nd by Rene. Motion carried unanimously.
Approve Upsala Firemen’s Relief Association Gambling Permit Resolution 4-10-2023-3 Gunderson moved to accept resolution 4-10-2023-3, approving the Upsala Firemen’s Relief Association Gambling Permit, 2nd by Bartells. Motion carried unanimously. Approve Crack Sealing Rene moved to accept the estimate of $16,000.00 or less contingent on another quote for crack sealing city streets, 2nd by Gunderson. Motion carried unanimously.
Verbal Agreement with Nicholas Frieler Rene moved to approve to pay Nicholas Frieler $15,000.00 as agreed verbally with Mayor Rollie Johnson for the removal of the garage on the property at 218 Main Street South due to the water main break, 2nd by Gunderson. Motion carried unanimously.
Financials: Bartells moved to approve the bills as presented, 2nd by Rene. Motion carried unanimously.
Updates/FYI: Next Regular City Council Meeting will be May 1, 2023, April 13th from 9:00-9:30 Coffee with a Council Member at the Community Center. April 19 starting at 1:00 Local Board of Appeals & Equalization Meeting, May 19 & 20 City Wide Garage Sales, June 3 from 8:00-11:00 AM City Wide Clean Up Day.
Adjourn: Bartells moved to adjourn at 8:42 pm, 2nd by Rene. Motion carried unanimously.
Jane Popp, Clerk/Treasurer