Upsala City • May 1, 2023


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: Mayor Rollie Johnson, Council Members Mitch Lange, Lana Bartells, Wendy Rene, and Alan Gunderson. Staff present: Public Works Director Mike Tschida, and City Clerk-Treasurer Jane Popp.
Minutes: Rene moved to approve the regular city council meeting minutes from April 10, 2023, 2nd by Bartells. Motion carried unanimously.
Agenda items: Lange moved to approve the agenda as presented, 2nd by Gunderson. Motion carried unanimously.
Presentations, Citizen Appeals/requests: Clif Allen and Barry Johnson from Moore Engineering discussed the options for replacing the water line on main street.
Task Order #3: Rene moved to approve Task Order #3 with Moore Engineering for survey and engineering services for the installation of the new water main, at a total cost of $58,125.00, 2nd by Bartells. Motion carried unanimously.
Independent Testing Technologies: Bartells moved to approve Independent Testing Technologies in Waite Park to provide drilling services as part of the watermain project at an estimated cost of $2,800.00, 2nd by Gunderson. Motion carried unanimously.
2022 Audit – Ryan Schmidt City Auditor: Ryan Schmidt presented Schlenner Wenner’s findings for the 2022 City Audit. Alan (Fred) Gunderson moved to accept the Audit Report from Schlenner Wenner & Co., 2nd by Lange.
Poppy Day – May 26th: Patti Gunderson talked about remembering the Veterans for National Poppy Day. Rene moved to proclaim May 26th as National Poppy Day, 2nd by Lange.
Department Reports: Fire Department Report: Chief Nick Johnson updated the council that all the new firefighters are all trained. They also had training on electric vehicles.
First Response Team: First Response Team Vice President Danielle Haus reported fifteen calls for April. May 29, 2023 they will have the Memorial Day Fundraiser at the REC Center.
City Separation Committee: Members from the First Response Team attended and discussed separating from the city.
Maintenance Report: Tschida reported on water and sewer levels as well as the various tasks done throughout the city. Just a reminder that sump pumps need to be drained outside of building and not down floor drains.
City Office Report: Popp reviewed the May Calendar and the minutes from the Local Board of Appeal and Equalization.
Planning Commission: Larry Bartells reported that the board had a request to split a lot.
Heritage Days: A meeting is scheduled for May 10, 2023, at 7:00 PM. The committee has everything set for Heritage Days.
New Business: Adoption of the Morrison County All-Hazard Mitigation Plan Resolution 5-1-2023-1 as explained by Matt LeBlanc, Morrison County Administrator. Rene moved to accept resolution 5-1-2023-1, approving the adoption of the Morrison County All-Hazard Mitigation Plans, 2nd by Gunderson. Motion carried unanimously.
Financials: Rene moved to approve the bills as presented, 2nd by Bartells. Motion carried unanimously.
Updates/FYI: Next Regular City Council Meeting Monday, June 5, 2023, May 11th from 9:00-9:30 Coffee with a Council Member at the Community Center. May 19 & 20 City Wide Garage Sales, June 3 from 8:00-11:00 AM City Wide Clean Up Day.
Adjourn: Rene moved to adjourn at 8:40 pm, 2nd by Bartells. Motion carried unanimously.
Jane Popp, Clerk/Treasurer