Upsala City • September 6, 2022

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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: Bartells moved to approve the regular city council meeting minutes from August 1, 2022, 2nd by Lange. Motion carried unanimously.
Lange moved to approve the budget meeting minutes from August 24, 2022, 2nd by Rene. Motion carried unanimously.
Added agenda items Lange moved to approve the agenda as presented, 2nd by Bartells. Motion carried unanimously.
Presentations, Citizen Appeals/requests: Rene moved to approve the Liquor License for Bethany Burggraff at Bullfrogs contingent on the sale of Bullfrogs and all the paperwork is submitted to the city, 2nd by Bartells. Motion carried unanimously.
Department Reports: Fire Department Report Chief Nick Johnson updated the council on the Fire Department’s activities. September 10 they will have a hog roast with free will donations along with a raffle and live band at the Watering Hole in Elmdale. The fire department is looking at hiring three people with the intention of one person to be trained in and could fill a position when it becomes available.
First Response Team: First Response Team Vice President Danielle Haus reported eight calls for August. The First Response has the opportunity to attend a two day mental health training in Brainerd coming up in a couple weeks. They will have an open house on October 9, 2022 with a free will breakfast from 10:30 AM-1:00 PM at Upsala Fire Hall.
Maintenance Report: Tschida reported on water and sewer levels as well as the various tasks done throughout the City. The three phase generator is good to go. The pump at the water plant surpassed its years of use and doesn’t sound good so Mike is checking on parts to re-build and will compare to the cost of a new pump.
Rene moved to approve the repair of the pump or to purchase a new pump based on the pricing information that Mike will receive, 2nd by Benson. Motion carried unanimously.
City Office Report Popp reviewed the September Calendar and reported that the Primary Elections on August 9, 2022 at City Hall went well. Bill Krivanek & Melissa did a great job teaming up as head judges. The trick or treating at local businesses is scheduled for Friday, October 28. Reminder for council members to hand in meeting sheets by November 15th.
Planning Commission: Bartells moved to call for a public hearing to update Ordinance #38 with the addition of a conflict of interest to be held on October 3rd after 7:20 PM, 2nd by Benson. Motion carried unanimously.
Benson moved to call for a public hearing to update Ordinance #60 with the addition of a conflict of interest to be held on October 3rd after 7:30 PM, 2nd by Rene. Motion carried unanimously.
Unfinished Business: New Well Location Johnson reported that Jim Kuebelbeck came August 22, 2022 and marked 2 locations to test for underground water for the new well location. The staff will contact the MN Department of Health to receive a grant for the test wells.
Park Bathrooms – Don’t need a motion Tschida gave an update that the walls are going up on the park bathrooms. He also stated electricity was hooked up to the main pole for power just before Heritage Days.
Heritage Days Update: Heritage days was a very good turnout and the committee is meeting so an update will be given next month.
Update Website Johnson discussed that Andy Poster did some photography and videos on Heritage Days for the new website. A meeting to update the website is scheduled for September 12 at 5:00 pm.
New Business: City Hall Sign More research needs to be done with checking on prices and design options.
Acknowledgements: The city can’t thank the heritage day committee enough for all the work in making our community celebration a huge success.
Financials Benson moved to approve the bills as presented, 2nd by Lange. Motion carried unanimously.
Adjourn Rene moved to adjourn at 8:16 pm, 2nd by Benson. Motion carried unanimously.
Jane Popp, Clerk/Treasurer

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