Upsala City • June 6, 2022

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Call to Order/Attendance: The City Council meeting was called to order at City Hall by Mayor Rollie Johnson at 7:00 P.M. The pledge of allegiance was said.
On roll call members present: Mayor Rollie Johnson, Council Members Lana Bartells, Crystal Benson, Wendy Rene, and Mitch Lange.
Staff present: First Response Vice President Danielle Haus, Public Works Director Mike Tschida, and City Clerk-Treasurer Jane Popp, and Fire Chief Nick Johnson.
Minutes: Bartells moved to approve the regular city council meeting minutes from May 2, 2022, 2nd by Lange. Motion carried unanimously.
Lange moved to approve the closed city council meeting minutes from May 2, 2022, 2nd by Rene. Motion carried unanimously.
Added agenda items: Lange moved to approve the agenda as presented, 2nd by Rene. Motion carried unanimously.
Review agenda: Lange moved to approve the city council agenda for June 6, 2022, 2nd by Bartells. Motion carried unanimously.
Presentations: Karin Nelson – Insurance Upgrade
City Insurance Agent Karin Nelson presented information on upgrading the City’s insurance. Karin will provide more data and the city council will make a decision next meeting.
Department Reports: Fire Department Report: Fire Chief Nick Johnson updated the council on the Fire Department’s activities including monthly trainings after each meeting.
First Response Team: First Response Team Vice President Danielle Haus reported the calls for May. She shared that the annual Memorial Day Service meal on Monday, May 30 at the Rec Building was a huge success. The officers would like to meet with the city council on an annual basis.
Maintenance Report: Tschida reported on water and sewer levels as well as the various tasks done throughout the City.
Tschida stated he would like to post on facebook that people need to run the sump pump outside and not into the floor drains.
City Office Report: Popp reviewed the June calendar and reported on the projects worked on in May.
Planning Commission: Don Marty shared that at the planning and zoning meeting they did a review of land sites for future potential and use to be zoned commercial.
Public Hearing: Mayor Johnson recessed the regular city council meeting and opened the public hearing at 7:41 pm; a hearing on the request for a Conditional Use Permit for Chris and Crystal Benson at 204 Borgstrom Street to have up to ten chickens on their property.
Two letters were read aloud. Various neighbors shared their views on the issue.
Lange moved to close the public hearing, 2nd by Bartells. Motion carried unanimously.
Mayor Johnson called the regular City Council meeting back to order at 7:51 pm.
Rene moved to approve the Conditional Use Permit for Chris and Crystal Benson to have up to ten chickens with understanding it must be reviewed immediately if complaints are made and provided the permit be reviewed annually, 2nd by Bartells. Crystal abstained from voting. Motion carried unanimously.
Unfinished Business: New Well Location: Johnson reported that he talked Jim Kuebellbeck, an underground water locator (a.k.a. a water witcher) and the most it would cost is $1,500.
Rene moved to approve to hire underground locating at a cost that will not exceed $1,500, 2nd by Benson. Motion carried unanimously.
Park Bathrooms – Don’t need a motion
Johnson gave an update. The council asked staff to get an estimate of how much more it would cost to do tankless.
Paving West Street and 3rd Avenue: Johnson explained that the second quote received to repair West Street and 3rd Avenue was more expensive than Central Minnesota Paving.
Lange moved to move forward with MN Central West Paving on West St & 3rd Ave., 2nd by Benson. Motion carried unanimously.
New Business: July City Council Meeting
Rene moved to hold the July City Council meeting on Tuesday, July 5 since July 4 is a Federal Holiday, 2nd by Lange. Motion carried unanimously.
Lions Donation for Main Street Flags: Benson moved to approve resolution 6-6-2022-1, accepting $600.00 from the Lions Club to purchase new flags for Main Street, 2nd by Bartells. Motion carried unanimously.
American Legion Donation for Fireworks: Rene moved to approve resolution 6-6-2022-2, accepting $2500.00 from the Upsala American Legion for Heritage Days Fireworks, 2nd by Lange. Motion carried unanimously.
Bingo Permit for Oct 2 & 23: Benson moved to approve a gambling permit for St. Mary’s Catholic Church to have Bingo on Oct 2, 2022 with no waiting period, 2nd by Rene. Motion carried unanimously.
Benson moved to approve a gambling permit for St. Mary’s Catholic Church to have Bingo on Oct 23, 2022 with no waiting period, 2nd by Rene. Motion carried unanimously.
Personnel Committee: Mayor Johnson suggested forming a personnel committee to address personnel issues.
Acknowledgements: Appreciation to the Upsala American Legion for donating $2,500 towards the Heritage Days Fireworks! Your generosity makes Heritage a great success.
– to the Upsala Lions Club for donating $600 for American Flags to be flown on Main Street. We are always honored to fly American Flags in our community; it shows we are determined to maintain resolute freedom.
– to the first response team for the food served on Memorial Day at the Rec Center.
– to the Upsala Legion for their beautiful Memorial Day Service at the school and at Memorial Park.
Financials: Benson moved to approve the bills as presented, 2nd by Rene with corrections to the Financial Statement. Motion carried unanimously.
Updates/FYI: Next regular City Council Meeting will be Tuesday, July 5, 2022, at 7:00 pm.
Adjourn: Benson moved to adjourn at 8:59 pm, 2nd by Rene. Motion carried unanimously.
Jane Popp, Clerk/Treasurer

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