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APPROVED JANUARY 6, 2020 CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Daniel Imdieke on Monday, January 6, 2020 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.

Bev Voller, Executive Officer for Emmons County Public Health, addressed the council regarding the use of electronic or e-cigarettes/vaping amongst our youth. She presented the council with a proposed ordinance which would ban the sale of flavored tobacco and e-liquid products within city limits. Heather Austin, Executive Director of Tobacco Free North Dakota and Linton High School students Caleb Blaze and Kloe Sauter addressed the council in support of the proposed ordinance. Neil Charvat and Abby Erickson, ND Department of Health, and Andrew Horne, Tobacco Free ND, were also available to answer questions.

During discussion pro and con points were made on the ordinance. Following discussion, a motion to approve the First Reading of Ordinance 20-1-1, Creating Regulations for the Sale of Flavored Tobacco and E-Liquid and Providing Penalties for the Violation Thereof was made by Linda Schumacher-Kelsch, second by Shelly Hauge. Voting aye: Shelly Hauge, Dennis Morris, Linda Schumacher, Daniel Imdieke. Voting nay: Jon Ptacek, Randall Meidinger, Wayne Ehley. Motion carried 4-3. Mayor Imdieke voted to break the tie.

A motion to approve the December 2, 2019 Meeting Minutes was made by Wayne Ehley, second by Linda Schumacher-Kelsch. Unanimous aye vote; motion carried.

Randy Reinbold addressed the council requesting a variance to live in the commercial building which he owns at 180 Highway 83. Mr. Reinbold said he recently sold his home and has moved into the building. He said he would like to continue to live there while he is remodeling and repairing the building to be used as a business or sold as commercial property. Mr. Reinbold said he only plans to live there until the remodeling is completed within the next 6 to 8 months. After discussion, a motion to grant a variance allowing Mr. Reinbold to live in the building until July 1, 2020 with no extensions being granted was made by Shelly Hauge, second by Linda Schumacher-Kelsch. Voting aye: Shelly Hauge, Dennis Morris, Linda Schumacher Kelsch, Daniel Imdieke. Voting nay: Jon Ptacek, Randall Meidinger, Wayne Ehley. Motion carried 4-3. Mayor Imdieke voted to break the tie. Mr. Reinbold was informed that he must keep the property in compliance with the city ordinances.

A motion to approve a 1-year property tax exemption on Parcel 52-9-657 Michael and Kathy Schumacher for Kathy’s Daycare was made by Shelly Hauge, second by Wayne Ehley. Unanimous aye vote; motion carried.

A motion to approve building/floodplain development permit 20-01 Jacques & Denise Van Leeuwen– install drain tile and building permits: 20-02 Tanner Sehn – remodel bathroom, new flooring; #20-03 Matt Newman– replace windows was made by Randall Meidinger, seconded by Wayne Ehley. Unanimous aye vote; motion carried.

A motion to approve the December 2019 Monthly Financial Report was made by Jon Ptacek, seconded by Linda Schumacher-Kelsch. Unanimous aye vote; motion carried.

The Council reviewed the December 2019 YTD Budget to Actual.

A motion to approve the following payments: Ameritas $472.83; Ameritas $472.83; Auto Value Parts Stores $135.28; BEK Communications $63.54; BEK Communications $61.67; Levi Bernhardt $1,713.00; BSBS of ND $7,330.90; BSBS of ND $7,330.90; Cardmember Services $61.50; City of Bismarck $811.44; Emmons Co Treasurer $12,645.46; Emmons County Record $48.00; Emmons County Record $102.40; EC Sheriffs Dept $3,963.81; IRS $7,322.14; Joseph Hanson $1,615.00; KEM Electric $245.29; Linton Chamber of Commerce $70.00; Linton Hardware Center $87.05; Luke Mosset Welding $80.00; Martin Oil Co $1,277.16; MDU $2,619.30; ND Dept of Environmental Quality $60.00; ND Dept of Health-Chemistry Division $105.93; ND Health Lab-Microbiology $32.00; ND Dept of Transportation $792.32; NODAK True Value $41.48; NDPERS $3,873,55; Payroll $28,349.24; Patriot Fuels $222.26; Pro Forms $81.74; RDO Equipment $1,530.56; R & K Equipment Inc $335.09; South Central Regional Water $5,108.25; USPS $201.60; Verizon Wireless $75.47; Verizon Wireless $75.47; Waste Management $1,038.90; Waste Management $1,362.36 was made by Shelly Hauge, seconded by Wayne Ehley. Unanimous aye vote. Motion carried.

The council reviewed the LIDC Balance Sheet ending 11/30/19 and November 13, 2019 meeting minutes.

Discussion was held on hiring a public works employee to replace Ryan Job who resigned effective January 2, 2020. Mr. Job’s position is part-time and discussion was held if the position should be full-time moving forward. A motion to advertise for a full-time position was made by Wayne Ehley, second by Linda Schumacher-Kelsch. Voting aye: Shelly Hauge, Randall Meidinger, Wayne Ehley, Dennis Morris, Linda Schumacher-Kelsch; Voting Nay: Jon Ptacek. Motion carried 5-1.

Sharon Jangula informed the council that South Central Regional Water District has increased their water rates by $.05 per 1,000 gallons. The increase will be passed on to the water customers as previously approved by the council. The water usage rate will increase from $3.45 to $3.50 per 1,000 gallons.

Sharon Jangula informed the council that a Transportation Alternatives Grant Application has been submitted to the ND DOT for review. The project would ensure sidewalks and curbs are accessible and safe along Hickory Avenue from Highway 83 to 3rd St NE near the elementary school and Maple Avenue from Broadway Street to 4th St NE near the high school main entrance. The preliminary cost estimate is $295,000 and the maximum grant amount is $200,000. The council can choose to participate in the program after the project has been reviewed and a determination made as to the cost share of the project.

Other discussion included removal of snow on sidewalks in front of vacant buildings and forming a census committee.

It was noted that City Election will be June 9, 2020. Council Member terms expiring are: 4-year terms; Ward I-Dennis Morris, Ward II-Randall Meidinger, Ward III-Linda Schumacher-Kelsch, 2-year unexpired term; Ward II-Wayne Ehley. Park Board Member terms expiring: 4-year terms Mark Weber, Ken Schneider, Tad Larson. The last day to file petitions to be on the ballot is 4:00pm, Monday, April 6, 2020.

The next regular meeting will be held on Monday, February 3, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

A motion to adjourn was made by Wayne Ehley, second by Shelly Hauge. Meeting adjourned.

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