Upsala City • November 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 Rollie Johnson, Lana Bartells, Brian Lange and 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 October 4, 2021, City Council Meeting, 2nd by Bartells. Motion carried unanimously.
Added agenda items: Brian Lange moved to approve the agenda as presented, 2nd by Mitch Lange. Motion carried unanimously.
Department Reports: Fire Department Report: Brian Lange informed the Council about the Trick-Or-Treat at the Firehall. Every Fireboard Entity approved the purchase of the SCBA equipment.
First Response Team: Douvier updated the Council on the First Response Team calls. The October 29 Business Trick-or-Treat was well attended.
Maintenance Report: Tschida handed in his report on water and sewer levels as well as the various tasks done throughout the city. The MPCA submitted their wastewater compliance evaluation inspection report. One of their recommendations was to install a positive shut-off valve on the outside of the discharge structure to prevent any uncontrolled releases of wastewater resulting from leaking slide gates. A second recommendation was to have a ‘point of sale’ ordinance to prohibit property owners from discharging footing tile, sump pumps, roof drains and ground water into the sanitary sewer system.
City Office Report: Stevens reviewed the calendar and updated the Council on the month’s events and reminded the Council of the school referendum that will be held at City Hall November 2.
Planning & Zoning Commission: Brian Lange stated the Planning & Zoning Commission discussed the Walnut Ave extension and a potential manure pit.
New Business: Relocating City Hall: Bartells moved to approve 320 Walnut Avenue as the official site for City Hall and Office as of December 1, 2021, 2nd by Mitch Lange. Motion carried unanimously.
SAC & WAC for Upsala Senior Living: Strack Construction asked to waive the Sewer Access Charge and Water Access Charge for Upsala Senior Living. The Council chose not to move on this issue.
ODUB Assessments to the County: Stevens presented the current list of overdue utility bills. Brian Lange moved to approve assessing any delinquent city utility bills to the property taxes as of November 16, 2021, via Morrison County, 2nd by Bartells. Motion carried unanimously.
2020 Census: The State Demographer notified the City that its new population as of April 1, 2020 is 487.
Schedule Performance Reviews: Bartells moved to hold performance reviews after the December 6 Council meeting, 2nd by Mitch Lange. Motion carried unanimously.
Accept Donation from Snappy Elmdalers 4-H Club: Bartells moved to approve Resolution 11-1-2021-1 accepting $250.00 from the Snappy Elmdalers 4-H Club to be put towards city park improvements, 2nd by Brian Lange. Motion carried unanimously.
Acknowledgements: Appreciation to all the businesses who participated in the First Annual Business Trick-or-Treat last Friday. Also to Garrett Doucette for coming up with the idea.
Congratulations to the Pumpkin Decorating Contest Winners. Youth: Ella Achmann (First Place), Richelle Thompson (Second Place), Abigail Carlson (Third Place); Adult: Doris Lampert (First Place), Denise Gerads (Second Place), and Jodi Morrison (Third Place). Recognition to the three judges from the business community who volunteered their time to decide the winners!
To FEMA Grant Committee for doing all the footwork and attending the Fireboard Entity meetings to acquire the extra dollars to purchase improved SCBA equipment.
Financials: Brian Lange moved to approve the bills as presented, 2nd by Bartells. Motion carried unanimously.
Updates/FYI: The next Regular City Council Meeting will be December 6 at 7:00 p.m. at the new City Hall location in the Rec Building.
Adjourn: Brian Lange moved to adjourn at 8:08 pm, 2nd by Mitch Lange. Motion carried unanimously.
Michelle Stevens, Clerk/Treasurer