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APPROVED SEPTEMBER 2, 2019 CITY REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Daniel Imdieke on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 5:00 pm. Upon roll call, the following council members were present: Jon Ptacek, Shelly Hauge, Randall Meidinger, Wayne Ehley, 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.

Mayor Dan Imdieke welcomed Wayne Ehley to the council as Ward II Council Member.

Scheduled Visitors: Bruce Brekke, Lonny Mertz.

A motion to approve the August 5, 2019 Meeting Minutes was made by Linda Schumacher-Kelsch and seconded by Shelly Hauge. Unanimous aye vote; motion carried.

Bruce Brekke, MDU Mobridge District Manager informed the council that the 20-year Montana-Dakota Utilities Franchise Agreement will be expiring November 5, 2019. After discussion a motion to approve the First Reading of Ordinance No. 19-09-01 An Ordinance Granting to Montana Dakota Utilities Co the Franchise and Right to Construct, Maintain and Operate an Electric Distribution System was made by Randall Meidinger and seconded by Wayne Ehley. Unanimous aye vote; motion carried.

Gail Allensworth addressed the council expressing concern about the condition of her parent’s graves at the Linton Cemetery. She said some graves are overrun with weeds and more grass needs to be planted. Lee Prince said city employees recently seeded grass on a number of graves and he would look into the matter of her parent’s grave sites and take care of it.

Lonny Mertz addressed the council requesting approval to build a garage in the flood plain. He said he had consulted with an engineer and obtained the required elevation certificate. Mr. Mertz also provided information from the engineer which said the proposed construction would not raise the base flood elevation any measurable amount, raising the garage to the required elevation could negatively affect his neighbor, and the cost of dry flood-proofing did not seem justified. Mr. Mertz also provided statements from his neighbors stating they did not object to the construction of the garage. Mr. Mertz requested a variance allowing the garage to be built at the elevation of the existing pad.

The council reviewed and discussed a Building Permit Variance document which had been drafted by Attorney Hanson. Among other things, the document stated that two outbuildings located west of the residence and the stacks of railroad ties and any other debris located within the property must be completely removed from the property. After further discussion, a motion was made by Shelly Hauge and seconded by Randall Meidinger to approve building permit #19-40 (floodplain development permit #19-04) for Lonny & Stephanie Mertz to remove two buildings and build a detached garage and to approve the Building Permit Variance. Voting aye: Shelly Hauge, Randall Meidinger, Wayne Ehley, Dennis Morris, Linda Schumacher-Kelsch. Voting nay: Jon Ptacek. Motion carried 5-1.

A motion to approve building permits: #19-59 Janice Wolfer–build wood ramp; #19-60 Randy Reinbold–re-shingle roof; #19-61 Jacques Van Leeuwen–replace deck; #19-62 Benjamin Vetter–replace driveway and sidewalk; #19-63 Neil Weber–replace sidewalk; #19-64 Steve Bosch–build garage; #19-65 Jane Roehrich–replace sidewalks & driveway apron, remove north apron & install new curb & gutter was made by Linda Schumacher-Kelsch and seconded by Wayne Ehley. Unanimous aye vote; motion carried.

A motion to approve Gaming Site Authorization for the Linton Lions Club at the Grill was made by Jon Ptacek and seconded by Linda Schumacher-Kelsch. Unanimous aye vote; motion carried.

A motion to approve a Liquor License Transfer Permit to the Green Lantern to McCrory Parking Lot for the Linton Chamber of Commerce Chili Cook-Off on October 12, 2019 was made by Shelly Hauge and seconded by Linda Schumacher-Kelsch. Unanimous aye vote; motion carried.

A motion to approve the August 2019 Monthly Financial Report was made by Wayne Ehley and seconded by Jon Ptacek. Unanimous aye vote; motion carried.

The Council reviewed the August 2019 YTD Budget to Actual.

A motion to approve the following payments: Auto Value Parts Stores $311.83; Bauman Financial $100.00; Blue Cross Blue Shield ND $471.00; Chris Roehrich $75.00; City of Bismarck $643.30; Dakota Supply Group 30.62; Dakota Supply Group $408.52; Diane Wald $150.00; Emmons County Record $356.00; Emmons Co Auditor $943.16; EC Sheriffs Dept $3,963.91; Ferguson Waterworks $695.99; Fireside Office Solutions $44.31; General Equipment & Supplies $196.86; Joseph Hanson $1,640.00; IRS $4,527.78; Interstate Engineering Inc $6,007.50; Jack’s Electric & Trenching $972.66; Keith Service & Repair $437.25; KEM Electric Cooperative $104.35; Larson Grain Company $155.00; Michael Todd & Company $837.11; MDU $3,147.04; ND Dept of Health – Microbiology $32.00; ND One Call $11.85; NDPERS $2,582.38; NDPERS $7,906.38; NDPERS $4,145.10; NDPERS $7,906.38; Nodak True Value $32.97; Normont Equipment Co $223.00; Payroll $16,654.04; Patriot Fuels $517.47; South Central Regional Water $10,824.10; USDA Rural Development $29,756.85; USPS $56.00; USPS $204.75; Verizon Wireless $75.39; Waste Management 1,137.82; and the following sewer project bills contingent on concurrence and approval from USDA RD: Cardmember Service $454.90; Chris Roehrich $175.00; Interstate Engineering $11,382.54; KPH, Inc. $87,150.92 ; Luke Mosset Welding $700.00; Magrum Excavating $1,700.00; Nodak True Value $23.44 was made by Shelly Hauge and seconded by Jon Ptacek. Unanimous aye vote. Motion carried.

The council reviewed the LIDC July 2019 Balance Sheet and minutes from the July 10, 2019 meeting.

Lee Prince informed the council that a number of dumpster lids need to be replaced at an approximate cost of $1,200. The council informed Lee to move forward with replacing the lids.

Discussion was held on the problem of stray cats. Citizens having trouble with stray cats should report it to the city and a live trap will be set in the problem area.

City-wide fall cleanup will be held on September 10 & 11, 2019.

A meeting with Emmons County Water Resource Board & State Water Commission will be held on September 5, 2019 at 10:00 am at the Emmons County Courthouse.

The next regular meeting will be held on Monday, October 7, 2019 at 5:00 pm.

A motion to adjourn was made by Randall Meidinger and seconded by Shelly Hauge. Meeting adjourned.

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