Upsala City • March 1, 2021


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 Elect Rollie Johnson, Council Elect Lana Bartells, Brian Lange, Mitch Lange. Absent: Crystal Benson. Staff present: First Response Vice President Andrea Douvier, Public Works Director Mike Tschida, and City Clerk-Treasurer Michelle Stevens.
Minutes: Brian Lange moved to approve minutes from February 1, 2021 City Council Meeting, 2nd by Bartells. Motion carried unanimously.
Added agenda items: Bartells moved to approve the agenda as presented, 2nd by Brian Lange. Motion carried unanimously.
Department Reports: Fire Department Report: Brian Lange reviewed the Upsala Fire Department’s January meeting. The turnout gear was ordered; there is a 6 month wait. Raffle and Hog Roast are scheduled for the weekend after Labor Day. The grain bin extrication equipment has been ordered as well. The FEMA grant was submitted applying for a new compressor and SCBAs.
The letter from Elmdale Township was reviewed and discussed.
First Response Team: Douvier updated the Council on the First Response Team activities. Training has been set up for the three new hires and be finished by the end of May.
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 discussed the quote for meters at the water plant. The Council directed the staff to apply for grants to help with the purchase of the meters.
City Office Report: Stevens reviewed the March Calendar.
Planning Commission: Brian Lange reported on the Planning Commission’s meeting.
Recreation Board: No meeting held
Unfinished Business: Heritage Days Meeting: Bartells reviewed the Heritage Days meeting that was held February 16 and reminded everyone of the meeting set for March 16.
Johnson updated the Council on the current stage of the Upsala Senior Living.
New Business: Morrison County Recycling Grant: Bartells moved to apply for the annual Morrison County Recycling Grant, 2nd by Brian Lange. Motion carried unanimously.
Morrison County Additional Recycling Grant: Bartells approved to apply for the annual Additional Morrison County Recycling Grant, 2nd by Brian Lange. Motion carried unanimously.
Acknowledgements: It was great to see how many people attended the Heritage Days Meeting. It is wonderful to know we have people who want to give their time and talent to make our town celebration a huge success.
Financials: Brian Lange moved to approve the bills as presented, 2nd by Bartells. Motion carried unanimously.
Updates/FYI: Ron Kresha sent a follow up note to Mayor Johnson.
Morrison County Rd 21 Improvements will start this spring.
The LMCIT offered resources to help staff – especially Firefighters, First Response Team Members and Police Officers – dealing with PTSD.
The next regular City Council Meeting will be April 5 at 7:00 pm.
Adjourn: Bartells moved to adjourn at 7:58 pm, 2nd by Mitch Lange. Motion carried unanimously.
Michelle Stevens, Clerk/Treasurer