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 Lana Bartells, Crystal Benson, Mitch Lange, and Wendy Rene.
Staff present: Public Works Director Mike Tschida, and City Clerk-Treasurer Jane Popp.
Minutes Lange moved to approve the regular city council meeting minutes from October 3, 2022, 2nd by Bartells. Motion carried unanimously.
Added agenda items Bartells moved to approve the agenda as presented, 2nd by Rene. Motion carried unanimously.
Presentations, Citizen Appeals/requests:
Department Reports: Fire Department Report Chief Nick Johnson updated the council on the Fire Department’s activities. The fire department selected 4 new members with two full time and two provisionary.
First Response Team: First Response Team Vice President Danielle Haus reported three calls for October. The open house was a great success.
Maintenance Report: Tschida reported on water and sewer levels as well as the various tasks done throughout the City. The city hydrants have been flushed. Bathrooms are winterized by the ball field.
City Office Report: Popp reviewed the November Calendar. Popp invited council members to the City Collaboration Meeting that will be held on December 7 at 12:30 in City Hall. The trick or treating at local businesses was also a great success.
Planning Commission Larry Bartells reported on the Planning Commission’s meeting.
Public Hearing: Mayor Johnson recessed the regular meeting and opened the public hearing at 7:22 p.m., a hearing on the request for updating Fire Department Ordinance #38. Various citizens shared their views on the issue.
Lange moved to close the public hearing, 2nd by Bartells. Motion carried unanimously.
Mayor called the meeting back to order. Ordinance #38 updated Rene moved to approve the updated ordinance #38 as presented, 2nd by Benson. The motion was unanimously approved with one abstention.
Mayor Johnson recessed the regular meeting and opened the public hearing at 7:29 p.m., a hearing on the request for updating First Response Ordinance #60. Various citizens shared their views on the issue.
Benson moved to close the public hearing, 2nd by Rene. Motion carried unanimously. Mayor called the meeting back to order.
Ordinance #60 updated Benson moved to approve the updated ordinance #60 as presented, 2nd by Bartells. The motion was unanimously approved with one abstention.
Unfinished Business: Park Bathrooms: Johnson is still waiting to get an update on the rafters for park bathrooms.
Update Website: Rene stated the website is looking good and very user friendly. Andy Poster attended sporting events to do some photography and videos.
New Business: Approval of New Firefighters: Rene moved to approve Mitch Lange and Nick Freiler as full time firefighters and Neil Gerads and Bethany Burggraff as provisionary firefighters, 2nd by Benson. The motion was unanimously approved with one abstention.
Approve Lions Club Donation of $7,500 for City Park Restrooms Resolution 11-7-2022-1 Rene moved to accept resolution 11-7-2022-1, accepting $7,500 from the Lions Club for City Park Restrooms, 2nd by Lange. Motion carried unanimously.
ODUB Assessments to the County Popp presented the current list of overdue utility bills. Bartells moved to approve assessing any delinquent city utility bills to the property taxes as of November 30, 2022, via Morrison County, 2nd by Rene. Motion carried unanimously.
Acknowledgements: Appreciation to the Upsala Lions Club for donating $7,500 towards the city park restrooms. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
To the businesses who participated in the Business Trick-or-Treat.
Congratulations to the pumpkin decorating contest winners.
Financials Benson moved to approve the bills as presented, 2nd by Lange. Motion carried unanimously.
Adjourn Benson moved to adjourn at 7:48 p.m., 2nd by Lange. Motion carried unanimously.
Jane Popp, Clerk/Treasurer