Upsala City • April 5, 2021


Call to Order/Attendance: The City Council meeting was called to order at Upsala City Hall by Mayor Pro-Tem Brian Lange at 7:00 P.M. The pledge of allegiance was said.
On roll call members present were: Mayor Pro-Tem Brian Lange, Lana Bartells, Crystal Benson, Mitch Lange. Absent: Mayor Rollie Johnson
Staff present: First Response Vice President Andrea Douvier, Public Works Director Mike Tschida, and City Clerk-Treasurer Michelle Stevens.
Minutes: Benson moved to approve minutes from March 1, 2021 City Council Meeting, 2nd by Mitch Lange. Motion carried unanimously.
Added agenda items: Bartells moved to approve the agenda as presented, 2nd by Benson. Motion carried unanimously.
Presentation, Citizen Appeals: Jon Archer from Schlenner Wenner gave a report via Zoom on our City’s Audit.
Mitch Lange moved to accept the Audit Report from Schlenner Wenner, 2nd by Benson. Motion carried unanimously.
Brian Rollins and Scott Homvig with Ferguson Waterworks gave a presentation on water meters.
Bartells moved to upgrade the current residential meters to R900I with radios and commercial meters to Mach 10 ultrasonic meters with radios, including a belt clip device, and one year of software at an approximate cost of $40,000.00, with the calculated savings to cover the costs of the upgrades within five years, 2nd by Mitch Lange. Motion carried unanimously.
Department Reports: Fire Department Report: Brian Lange informed the Council the Upsala Fire Department will have their physicals on Wednesday.
The letter from City of Elmdale was reviewed.
First Response Team: Douvier updated the Council on the First Response Team activities. They are looking at serving a meal on Memorial weekend in conjunction with the Upsala American Legion Memorial Service.
Maintenance Report: Tschida reported on water and sewer levels as well as the various tasks done throughout the City. He also updated the council on his monthly activities.
Tschida explained to the Council the quote he received from Tenvoorde Ford for a pickup truck.
City Office Report: Stevens reviewed the office work done in last month. The Consumer Confidence Report has been certified and is now available on the City’s website. The Wellhead Protection Plan Implementation plan on course.
Planning Commission: Brian Lange reported on the Planning Commission’s meeting.
Mitch Lange moved to approve the lot split located at 112 Walnut Ave, 2nd by Benson. Motion carried unanimously.
Bartells moved to hold a public hearing to discuss the proposed ordinance on lot splits Mar 5, 2021 at 7:30 pm at Upsala City Hall, 2nd by Mitch Lange. Motion carried unanimously.
Recreation Board: No meeting was held.
Unfinished Business: Heritage Days Meeting: Bartells reviewed the Heritage Days meeting that was held March 16 and reminded everyone of the meeting set for April 20. The theme this year is “Welcome Back.”
Upsala Senior Living: Mayor Rollie Johnson will be meeting with Tim Matros on the current stage of the Upsala Senior Living facility.
LBAE: Benson moved to have the Council Members of the Local Board of Appeal and Equalization meet in person at City Hall and conference call with Morrison Land Services to review any contentions, 2nd by Bartells. Motion carried unanimously.
New Business: Initiative Foundation Grant Opportunities: The initiative Foundation offered information on grant opportunities for businesses and non-profits.
UBA Gambling Permit: Benson moved to approve the Gambling permit for the Upsala Ballpark Association with no waiting period set for August 14, 2nd by Bartells. Motion carried unanimously.
Little Falls Recreational Facility: The City of Little Falls’ Community Recreational Facility was discussed.
Letter of Concern from A Peaceful Dragon Owners
The letter from Jill Zasadny and Joan Wingert was reviewed.
Initiative Foundation Letter of Thanks: The initiative Foundation thanked the City for their annual donation.
Amending TIF #2-4: Bartells moved to approve Resolution 4-5-21-2, a resolution amending the boundaries of Tax Increment Financing District #2-4, 2nd by Benson. Motion carried unanimously.
Acknowledgements: Appreciation to all the Library workers for their help and dedication to not only their patrons but to the entire community.
Financials: Mitch Lange moved to approve the bills as presented, 2nd by Bartells. Motion carried unanimously.
Updates/FYI: April 5: The next Regular City Council Meeting will be at 7:00 pm. April 21: Meeting for the Board of Appeal and Equalization at 11:00 am at City Hall.
Adjourn: Benson moved to adjourn at 9:31 pm, 2nd by Bartells. Motion carried unanimously.
Michelle Stevens, Clerk/Treasurer