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 Rollie Johnson, Brian Lange, Crystal Benson, and Dennis Westrich. Absent: Lana Bartells.
People present: MC Record reporter Sheila McCoy, First Response Vice President Seth Strassburg, Public Works Frank Koopmeiners, and City Clerk/Treasurer Michelle Stevens.
Minutes: Westrich moved to approve minutes from February 4, 2018 City Council, 2nd by Lange. Motion carried unanimously.
Added agenda items: Lange moved to approve the agenda, 2nd by Westrich. Motion carried unanimously.
Maintenance Report: Koopmeiners reported on water and sewer levels.
Westrich moved to have Little Falls Machine replace the sander on the plow truck after it was rear-ended last Saturday morning at a cost of $6,895.00; this will be submitted to the insurance company, 2nd by Benson. Motion carried unanimously.
Lange moved to accept Koopmeiners letter of resignation with regrets – stating he will move to part-time as of July 1, 2019 and work part time for three years as he trains the new public works director, 2nd by Benson. Motion carried unanimously.
Fire Department Report: The Fire Department presented their January minutes.
First Responders: The First Response Team minutes were presented.
City Office Report: Stevens reviewed the March Calendar.
Planning Commission: Mark Messman applied for a lot split. Benson moved approve a Lot Split at 320 First Avenue West – dividing the property into two parcels: The west 20 acres and the east 19 acres, 2nd by Lange. Motion carried unanimously.
UCDC: The minutes from the February meeting was presented. Benson shared the progress of Heritage Days which is set for August 9-11.
Safety Committee: Stevens reported that the Safety Committee created a list of the needs for each building, now that each of the buildings has been inspected.
Online Bill Pay: Stevens explained the exorbitant costs to the City to have on-line bill pay – even if the residents pays for their cost to execute the payment.
I & I Ordinance
The Council chose to table the Inflow and Infiltration Ordinance.
New Business: Spring Leaf & Lawn Clean Up is set for Friday, May 3.
City Wide Clean Up is set for Saturday, June 1.
Morrison County Cleanup Day Grant
Lange moved to approve Resolution 3-4-19-1 accepting the Morrison County Cleanup Day Grant of $376.00, 2nd by Benson. Motion carried unanimously.
Morrison County Recycling Grant
Lange moved to approve Resolution 3-4-19-2 accepting the Morrison County Recycling Grant of $1,427.00, 2nd by Benson. Motion carried unanimously.
Golf Cart Permits: The Council discussed the need to permit golf carts.
UBA Gambling Permit: Lange moved to approve the Gambling Permit with no waiting period for the Upsala Ballpark Association raffle to be held on June 23, 2nd by Westrich. Motion carried unanimously.
Cleaning & Inspecting the Water Tower: Westrich moved to accept the contract with Maguire Iron to clean and inspect the water tower every other year starting in 2019 for the next 10 years at a cost of $1,650.00 of each year of cleaning and inspection, 2nd by Benson.
Painting and Repairing the Water Tower: The Council will wait for a report from Maguire Iron’s inspection before making a decision on painting and repairing the exterior of the water tower.
It’s been a long snowy winter; and because we have such a great community- everyone is keeping the sidewalks and fire hydrants cleaned and snow removed.
The city would like to recognize the following:
• Al Donat, our unsung hero who snow blows the sidewalk from the top of the hill down to Johnson Insurance and back.
• Bill Koopmeiners for snow blowing out the drifting on West Street to make the street wide enough for two vehicles to meet.
• Upsala Fire Department for clearing out all the fire hydrants in the City. If you have a fire hydrant in your yard, please keep it cleaned out. If you are unable to clean it out, please contact City Hall.
Financials: Lange moved to approve the bills as presented, 2nd by Benson. Motion carried unanimously.
Adjourn: Westrich moved to adjourn at 8:20 p.m., 2nd by Benson. Motion carried unanimously.
Michelle Stevens, Clerk/Treasurer