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APPROVED AUGUST 5, 2019 CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Daniel Imdieke on Monday, August 5, 2019 at 5:00 pm. Upon roll call, the following council members were present: Jon Ptacek, Shelly Hauge, Randall Meidinger, Dennis Morris, Linda Schumacher-Kelsch. Also present: City Attorney Joseph Hanson, City Administrator Sharon Jangula, Director of Public Works Lee Prince, Deputy Auditor Joy Bosch.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Scheduled Visitors: Clarence Herz, Aaron Stuckle.

A motion to approve the July 1, 2019 Meeting Minutes and the July 29, 2019 Special Meeting Minutes was made by Linda Schumacher-Kelsch, seconded by Shelly Hauge. Unanimous aye vote; motion carried.

A Public Hearing was held for the Annexation of Property for Parcels 27-0000-3602-010, 27-0000-03604-000, and 27-0000-03605-000. No written or oral comments from the public had been received for parcel 27-0000-0602-010 and parcel 27-0000-03605-000. Michael Schumacher, who owns parcel 27-0000-03604-000 addressed the Council and expressed his opposition to the annexation; he had also filed written opposition with the auditor’s office. Mr. Schumacher said that he purchased the property with the understanding that the property would remain outside city limits based on an agreement that was made between George Horner and the City many years ago. Although neither Mr. Schumacher or the City could find the agreement, he felt the agreement should be honored, and the City should consider annexing the property when he no longer owns it. During discussion it was noted that the property receives city streets, water, sewer and garbage services. A motion to continue with the process of annexation was made by Dennis Morris, seconded by Randall Meidinger. Voting aye: Jon Ptacek, Randall Meidinger, Dennis Morris, Linda Schumacher-Kelsch. Voting nay: Shelly Hauge. Motion carried 4-1.

A Public Hearing was held for the LED Street Lighting Project. Jon Ptacek informed the people that the project will include updating all the sodium vapor street lamps to LED lamps. LED lights use less kilowatts and the City could save up to $500 per month on electricity costs. The estimated cost of the project is $75,000 of which $56,200 will be funded through a grant. The remaining $18,700 would be paid from the City’s Street Lights Maintenance Fund.
A motion to approve a resolution to obtain a grant from USDA RD for the LED Street Lighting Project was made by Linda Schumacher-Kelsch, seconded by Dennis Morris. Unanimous aye vote; motion carried.

Sharon Jangula informed the council a request had been received from Josef Settele to purchase Lot 3, Block 5, Seeman’s 2nd Addition. The City acquired the 50′ lot located at 409 3rd St NE from the County. Mr. Settele intends to build a house with a detached garage in 5 to 7 years. After discussion, a motion to offer to sell the property to Mr. Settele for the $1,745.61 (14-1 Street Special Assessment) plus all selling costs was made by Shelly Hauge; seconded by Linda Schumacher-Kelsch. Unanimous aye vote; motion carried.

Clarence Herz addressed the council requesting to purchase available city lots. After discussion, Mr. Herz requested to purchase the lot located on Schley Avenue located west of the Matt Schneider property. Mr. Herz said he would like to build a house on the property. Mr. Herz was informed that another individual had recently inquired about the same lot. It was determined that the city will further check into both inquiries before moving forward with selling the property.

Mr. Herz also requested the City investigate the LIDC. Discussion was held on Mr. Herz’s concerns. Mr. Herz felt the City is not providing proper oversight of the LIDC. Mr. Herz was informed that the City Council appoints two council members to serve on the LIDC Board of Directors. The LIDC also seeks City Council approval for loans which are $25,000 or more. Oversight procedures have been in place and followed for many years. Mayor Imdieke requested that Mr. Herz meet with him and Administrator Jangula to discuss any other concerns he may have.

Aaron Stuckle, Farmers Union Insurance Agent, presented information on an employee dental and vision insurance package. After discussion, a motion to obtain employee dental and vision insurance through Agent Aaron Stuckle was made by Randall Meidinger, seconded by Shelly Hauge. Unanimous aye vote; motion carried. Mr. Stuckle will work with the City to determine the best date to change from the current policy.

A motion to approve building permits: #19-52 First Baptist Church–replace sidewalk & cement skirting, #19-54 Ralph Matthies–replace driveway concrete, windows, and door; #19-55 Jessica Schlosser & Jon Beitelspacher–re-do concrete apron; #19-56 John Lauinger-build wood panel fence; #19-57 Duane Baer–build 2-stall garage with a variance granted allowing the garage addition to be placed closer to the north property line than the required minimum distance; #19-58 Dietz–build garage; and to table building permit #19-53 Nodak True Value–move building was made by Randall Meidinger, seconded by Jon Ptacek. Unanimous aye vote; motion carried.

A motion to approve the 2020 Preliminary Budget was made by Randall Meidinger, second by Linda Schumacher-Kelsch. Voting aye: Jon Ptacek, Randy Meidinger, Dennis Morris, Linda Schumacher-Kelsch. Voting nay: Shelly Hauge. Motion carried 4-1. Council member Hauge expressed concern with the approved wages.

A motion to approve the July 2019 Monthly Financial Report was made by Jon Ptacek, second by Shelly Hauge. Unanimous aye vote; motion carried.

The Council reviewed the July 2019 YTD Budget to Actual.

A motion to approve the following payments: A-Train Auto LLC $1,500.00; Auto Value Parts Stores $9.98; Bank of North Dakota $12,400.00; Bank of North Dakota $43,357.50; BEK Communications $65.66; BEK Communications $67.57; Blue Cross Blue Shield ND $471.00; Cash $45.52; ECOLAB $187.65; Dakota Pump & Control Co $435.00; Emmons County Record $176.38; Emmons Co Register of Deed $20.00; Emmons Co Register of Deed $40.00; EC Sheriffs Dept $3,963.91; Ferguson Waterworks $414.11; Fireside Office Solutions $83.00; Fireside Office Solutions $175.23; Anna Gross $100.00; Joseph Hanson $1,907.50; IRS $7,575.56; Jack’s Electric & Trenching $957.79; KEM Electric Cooperative $106.60; K & H Electric $32,000.00; Linton Food Center $12.57; Larson Grain Company $435.00; Linton Hardware Center $71.75; Linton Hospital $233.00; Linton Hospital $175.00; Martin Oil Company $1,577.97; Rita Mosset $25.00; MDU $3,369.67; ND Dept of Health – Microbiology $32.00; ND League of Cities $1,316.00; ND One Call $9.45; NDPERS $2,824.15; NDPERS $7,906.38; Northern Improvement Co $121.80; Payroll $26,688.04; Patriot Fuels $435.23; Quality Asphalt Inc $4,000.00; Quality Products Inc $250.00; Sayler Implement Inc $404.91; Gerald Schatz $220.00; South Central Regional Water $10,334.10; Swantson Equipment Corp $3,900.00; USPS $205.10; Nicole Vander Vorst $150.00; Verizon Wireless $75.39; Verizon Wireless $74.72; Waste Management 2,242.97; Waste Management 1,227.10; Waste Management $1,189.82; and the following sewer project bills contingent on concurrence and approval from USDA RD: Ferguson Waterworks $54.66; Interstate Engineering $26,068.10; KPH, Inc. $184,062.50 was made by Shelly Hauge, seconded by Linda Schumacher-Kelsch. Unanimous aye vote. Motion carried.

The council reviewed the LIDC June 2019 Balance Sheet and minutes from the June 14, 2019 meeting.

Chris Fisketjon, Interstate Engineering, updated the council on the sewer project. The project is near completion and documentation indicating all relevant information to the project such as location of service lines and new top hats is being completed for city records.

During the council member, mayor and staff reports topics discussed included the water pump being used by the City of Strasburg, dead trees, property cleanups, the floodplain, airport lighting project, removal of the spillway in the park, airport lighting project, switching the city credit card vendor, and the need to revisit the truck ordinance.

Discussion was held on filling the vacancy of Ward II Council Member which was created when Daniel Imdieke was elected as Mayor on July 16, 2019. Mayor Imdieke and Council Member Jon Ptacek each indicated that Wayne Ehley had expressed interest to them in filling the vacancy. A motion to appoint Wayne Ehley to fill the vacancy was made by Jon Ptacek, seconded by Linda Schumacher-Kelsch. Unanimous aye vote; motion carried.

The next regular meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 5:00 pm.

A motion was made by Randall Meidinger, seconded by Jon Ptacek to adjourn the meeting. Meeting adjourned.

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