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 Elect Rollie Johnson, Council Elect Lana Bartells, Crystal Benson, Brian Lange, Mitch Lange.
Staff present: First Response Vice President Andrea Douvier, Public Works Director Mike Tschida, and City Clerk/Treasurer Michelle Stevens.
Brian Lange moved to approve minutes from January 4, 2021 City Council Meeting, 2nd by Benson. Motion carried unanimously.
Brian Lange moved to approve the agenda as presented, 2nd by Bartells. Motion carried unanimously.
Presentation, Citizen Appeals: The City’s League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust insurance representative, Karin Nelson, reviewed the coverage amounts of buildings and contents.
In-Person Voting: Bartells moved to approved Resolution 2-1-21-1 authorizing In-Person Voting at City Hall with a minimum of six trained election judges, 2nd by Benson. Motion carried unanimously.
Bartells moved to approved Resolution 2-1-21-2 designating the City’s Polling Place, 2nd by Benson. Motion carried unanimously.
Fire Department Report: Brian Lange reviewed the Upsala Fire Department’s January meeting. Lange stated that the Upsala Firemen’s Relief Association will fund the entire turnout gear project for the Upsala Fire Department.
First Response Team: Benson moved to approve the hiring and training of Ryan Bonde, Sam Warga, and Tina Steuck for the First Response Team, 2nd by Bartells. Motion carried unanimously.
Maintenance Report: Tschida reported on water and sewer levels as well as the various tasks done throughout the City.
He also explained the 2020 Water Usage and how we are at a 17.6%-20% discrepancy from water pumped to water billed.
City Office Report: Stevens explained how the audit went last week and reviewed the February Calendar.
Planning Commission: Brian Lange reported on the Planning Commission’s meeting.
Recreation Board: Johnson explained what happened at the Rec Board meeting.
Unfinished Business: Heritage Days Meeting: Johnson reminded everyone of the Heritage Days Meeting, Feb. 16 at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall.
Johnson updated the Council on the current stage of the Upsala Senior Living.
New Business: St. Mary’s Raffle Permit for March 26, 2021. Stevens explained the state-requested letter from St. Mary’s Church to change the date of the raffle from the raffle they were planning to hold last year but could not because of the pandemic.
Benson approved the change of date from April 3, 2020 to March 26, 2021, 2nd by Brian Lange. Motion carried unanimously.
Acknowledgements: Appreciation to everyone who gave their input and feedback concerning the decision to do in-person voting or voting by mail. It was great to see how passionate we are about our city.
Financials: Brian Lange moved to approve the bills as presented, 2nd by Benson. Motion carried unanimously.
Updates/FYI: Next regular City Council Meeting will be March 1 at 7:00 p.m.
Benson moved to adjourn at 8:23 p.m, 2nd by Bartells. Motion carried unanimously.
Michelle Stevens, Clerk/Treasurer