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FEBRUARY 4, 2019 APPROVED CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Derrick Walker on Monday, February 4, 2019 at 5:03 pm. Invocation was led by Pastor Rich Cook followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Upon roll call, the following council members were present: Jon Ptacek, Shelly Hauge, Randy Meidinger, Dan Imdieke, Dennis Morris, Linda Schumacher-Kelsch. Also present: City Administrator Sharon Jangula, Director of Public Works Lee Prince.

A motion was made by Shelly Hauge, second by Linda Schumacher-Kelsch to approve as corrected the January 7, 2019 Meeting Minutes. Unanimous aye vote; motion carried.

Mayor Walker opened the floor for comments from the public. Linton Postmaster John Mallum informed the council that multiple notifications had been sent to postal customers informing them that it is their responsibility to shovel or remove the snow around their mailbox to ensure it is safely accessible to the mail carrier. There being no other public comments at the time, the floor was closed.

Joe Hanson informed the council of action taken on the potential floodplain violations. Certified letters have been sent to two of the property owners informing them of the violations and the action needed to bring the property into compliance.

Dan Weber, LIDC President, updated the council on LIDC activities.

Sharon Jangula informed the council that she is working on the personnel policies update.

Discussion was held on the 2019 budget and potential cuts to the budget. The matter was tabled to the next meeting.

Discussion was held on updating the ordinances. Each council member will work on one chapter utilizing the North Dakota League of Cities Model Ordinances as a guideline. Chapter 1-Government Organization (Shelly Hauge); Chapter 2-Ordinances (Dan Imdieke); Chapter 3-Public Places & Property (Randy Meidinger); Chapter 4-Fire Protection & Prevention (Jon Ptacek); Chapter 6-Zoning & Planning (Linda Schumacher-Kelsch); Chapter 7-Water & Sewer (Dennis Morris).

Discussion was held on three properties forfeited to Emmons County for delinquent taxes as outlined in a Notice from the Emmons County Auditor dated November 1, 2018. A motion was made by Dennis Morris, second by Jon Ptacek to purchase the three properties for $1.00 each. Voting aye: Jon Ptacek, Randy Meidinger, Dan Imdieke, Dennis Morris; Voting nay: Shelly Hauge, Linda Schumacher-Kelsch. Motion carried 4-2. The three parcels include a Tract 140′ X 150′ in W1/2 of Section 8, 132-76; Lots 7,8, & 9, Block 4 Original Town; Lot 27, Block 1, Hunter’s 1st Addition; all in Linton City.

A motion was made by Randy Meidinger, second by Dan Imdieke to approve building permits: #19-3 Kenny Schneider–build garage; #19-4 Lee Prince–remodel bathrooms & kitchen; 19-5 Ryan Job-build garage & living space. Unanimous aye vote; motion carried

A motion was made by Linda Schumacher-Kelsch, second by Shelly Hauge to approve applications for Local Permit #19-06 Linton Senior Citizens-raffle 1/1/19 to 12/31/19; #19-07 Linton Fire Department-raffle 3/30/19. Unanimous aye vote; motion carried.

A motion was made by Dan Imdieke, second by Linda Schumacher-Kelsch to approve the January 2019 Monthly Financial Report. Unanimous aye vote; motion carried.

A motion was made by Shelly Hauge, second by Linda Schumacher-Kelsch to approve the following payments: Bank of North Dakota $2,460.00; Bank of North Dakota $2,400.00; BEK Communications $63.44; BCBS $471.00; BCBS $471.00; Danielle Vetter $93.94; ECOLAB $187.65; Emmons County Record $517.16; IRS $25,546.35; Fireside Office Solutions $349.15; Fireside Office Solutions $348.87; General Equipment & Supplies $428.98; Jack Electric & Trenching $216.10; Linton Hardware Center $73.12; Linton Hospital $175.00; MDU $4,476.84; ND PERS $6,876.04; ND PERS $2,582.38; ND One Call $1.20; Payroll $55,015.21; PFM Financial Advisors LLC $300.00; Powerplan OIB $850.50; Sayler Implement $221.74; South Central Regional Water $6,007.20; USPS $206.15; Verizon Wireless $130.24; Waste Management $1,234.63. Unanimous aye vote. Motion carried.

The 2018 Budget to Actual was reviewed. A motion was made by Jon Ptacek, second by Dennis Morris to approve the 2018 Budget to Actual and the 2018 Budget Amendments. Unanimous aye vote. The budget amendments included an increase to expenditures in the following funds: General $10,673.88; City Sales Tax $300.46; JDA $158.61; 14-1 Street Project $50,223.00; 2018 Sewer Project $1,169,504.08; Water $2,179.60; Street Light Maintenance $3,814.57, and a decrease in expenditures in the following funds: Highway Distribution $14,869.84; Emergency $2,943.31; Cemetery $491.95; City Lodging Tax $35,000.00; City Special Assessment Debt $8.41; 13-1 Water Project $0.43; Sewer $3,007.18; Garbage $7,480.76; Asset Replacement $5,000.00.

A motion was made by Shelly Hauge, second by Dan Imdieke to approve the Financial Statement of Accounts by Funds from January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018. Unanimous aye vote; motion carried.

A motion was made by Shelly Hauge, second by Linda Schumacher-Kelsch to approve the 2019 Emmons County-City of Linton Full-time Law Enforcement Services Agreement. Unanimous aye vote. The agreement includes a $10,000.00 reduction in the cost of services from $48,000.00 to $38,000.00 and a 10-hour reduction in the required minimum LE service hours per week from 40 hours to 30 hours. The Vehicle & Equipment payment will remain the same at $9,566.82

Discussion was held on the city’s policy to turn water on/off at the curb stand. City ordinance states the homeowner is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the curb stand. A motion was made by Dan Imdieke, second by Jon Ptacek that the homeowner is responsible to turn the water on/off at the curb stand. City staff will locate the curb stand if needed and the tool necessary can be borrowed from the City. Unanimous aye vote.

Discussion was held on the annexation of properties which currently utilize city services. These properties are located along Maple Avenue and the east side of the trailer court. The council requested Joe Hanson start the resolution process for annexation.

Discussion was held that an employee is currently paid a lower rate of pay when working in the cemetery and a higher rate when doing other work for the city. After discussion a motion was made by Jon Ptacek, second by Dan Imdieke to pay the employee the higher rate of $16.15 per hour for all work performed for the city. Unanimous aye vote; motion carried.

The next regular meeting will be held on Monday, March 4, 2019 at 5:00 pm.

The Tax Equalization meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 5:30 pm.

A motion was made by Dan Imdieke, second by Shelly Hauge to adjourn the meeting. Meeting adjourned.

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Derrick Walker, City Mayor Sharon Jangula, City Administra

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