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APPROVED SEPTEMBER 8, 2020 CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Daniel Imdieke on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 5:00 pm. Upon roll call, the following council members were present: Jon Ptacek, Shelly Hauge, Randall Meidinger, Wayne Ehley, Dennis Morris, Travis Dockter. Also present: City Administrator Sharon Jangula, Director of Public Works Virgil Hulm, Deputy Auditor Joy Bosch.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

A motion to approve the August 3, 2020 City Council Meeting Minutes and the August 24, 2020 City Council Special Meeting Minutes was made by Wayne Ehley, second by Jon Ptacek. Unanimous aye vote; motion carried.

Discussion was held on the development of the Eight Street Addition. Mayor Imdieke asked for comments from the public on the development. Two citizens addressed the council expressing concern over the city’s ability to pay for the project without taxing or assessing the rest of the town. A written comment was submitted stating citizens should be given the right to vote on how their tax dollars are being spent.

Questions were asked on erosion control during and after construction. Mayor Imdieke said curb and gutter will be put in to help with water flow and grass will be seeded as soon as the dirt work is completed.

With no more comments from the public, Mayor Imdieke talked about paying for the development using existing reserves in the utility funds and sales tax funds as well as money which has been budgeted each year to pay on a loan which will be paid off next year. He said a portion of the sales tax income could also be used.

Mayor Imdieke said over the past few months of discussing the development, there has been concern about how to pay for the development, but there has also been concern about the future of Linton. He said the development is something that is needed in the community and we have already lost some potential new homes because there were no suitable lots within city limits.

During discussion it was noted the project has gone to bid and the city will have a better idea on what the financial obligation will be after bids are opened. The bids will be opened on September 24, 2020 at 4:00 pm and the City Council will hold a special meeting on September 28, 2020 at 5:00 pm to review the bids. A decision on moving forward with the project will be made after the bids are reviewed.

The proposed final plat was reviewed by the council. There were questions on an alley between 7th and 8th street and the utility easements. There was general consensus to wait until the September 28th meeting to approve the final plat to allow time to address the questions and change the plat if needed

Troy & Shari Scherr addressed the council asking for a variance to the ordinance which requires a sidewalk be constructed at their residence located at 418 7th St NE. After discussion, a motion to table the request to research the matter was made by Jon Ptacek, second by Travis Dockter. Unanimous aye vote; motion carried.

John Mallum, USPS Postmaster informed the council that they are considering adding mailboxes to accommodate more postal customers along the route for mail delivery within city limits.

A motion to approve Building Permits: 20-50 Jason Kelsch–replace siding, door, & windows; 20-51 KKA Investments, LLC–new business sign; 20-52 David A. Erickson–repair steps; 20-53 David Erickson–remodel bathroom shower; 20-54 Allan & Leah Burke–build fence; 20-55 Phat Shack (Kim Kelsch)–remodel kitchen and add bathroom, 20-56 Ryan Zink–concrete work & finish garage interior; 20-57 Scott or David Schmidt–replace flooring & windows, painting; 20-58 Allen & Becky Keller–build pole barn; 20-59 Matthew Kunkle–concrete work; 20-60 Robert & Colleen Teske–concrete work, change soffit; 20-61 Epiphany Curriculum–install overhead garage door, cement work; 20-62 Tanner Sehn–build garden shed and to approve extension to 10/7/21 for building permit 19-69–Antoinette Senger-build storage shed was made by Wayne Ehley, second by Shelly Hauge. Unanimous aye vote; motion carried.

Ryan Kelsch was invited to address the council regarding the snakes that he is raising and keeping in his home located within city limits. Mr. Kelsch said that he has 13 snakes, including boas, ball pythons and reticulated pythons. He said the reticulated pythons require a permit from the state and he is working with the state veterinarian’s office to obtain the permit. He said after obtaining the required permit, an annual inspection is done to ensure that he is in compliance with all the rules and regulations. Mr. Kelsch said that he also has 20 to 30 rats which are used to feed the snakes. Mayor Imdieke informed Mr. Kelsch that the council is considering an ordinance which would prohibit him from having the snakes in city limits.

A motion to approve the first reading of Ordinance No. 20-9-1 Creating Regulations for Prohibition of Keeping Certain Animals was made by Randall Meidinger, second by Dennis Morris. Voting aye: Jon Ptacek, Shelly Hauge, Randall Meidinger, Dennis Morris. Voting nay: Wayne Ehley, Travis Dockter. Motion carried 4-2.

A motion to approve the August 2020 Monthly Financial Report was made by Shelly Hauge, second by Wayne Ehley. Unanimous aye vote; motion carried.

A motion to approve the payments was made by Shelly Hauge, second by Wayne Ehley. Voting aye: Shelly Hauge, Randall Meidinger, Wayne Ehley, Dennis Morris. Jon Ptacek and Travis Dockter abstained from voting. Motion carried 4-0-2. Ameritas $133.36; Ameritas $416.58; Ameritas $133.36; Ameritas $416.58; Auto Value Parts Stores $18.96; BEK Communications $63.20; BEK Communications $60.64; BCBS $7,330.90; Cash(Petty Cash) $90.75; Dockter’s Welding & Machine $85.50; Emmons Co Record $177.50; Emmons Co Record $148.85; EC Sheriffs Dept $3,333.33; Edling Electric $100.00; Fireside Office Solutions $9.81; Interstate Engineering $1,305.00; Interstate Engineering $5,787.48; IRS $4,167.55; Russ Lawler Construction $40,280.00; Russ Lawler Construction $2,920.00; Joseph Hanson $982.50; Joseph Hanson $170.00; Jack’s Electric & Trenching $80.00; KEM Electric Cooperative $95.94; KEM Electric Cooperative $96.76; Chad Kooker $700.00; Luke Mosset Welding $500.00; Martin Oil Co $200.00; Maverick AG $90.00; MDU $2,350.00; Michael Todd & Com. $150.01; ND Dept of Health-Microbiology $32.00; ND Dept of Health-Microbiology $32.00; ND One Call $7.05; ND One Call $9.25; Patriot Fuels $279.63; Patriot Fuels $111.16; Payroll $16,132.48; Ptacek Sprinkler Service $52.00; R & K Equipment Inc $99.46; R & K Equipment Inc $87.80; R J Sales & Service $154.95; Sanitation Products Inc $4,075.65; Sayler Implement $16.78; Sayler Implement $193.79; NODAK True Value $191.35; NODAK True Value $180.35; Nicki Serr $150.00; South Central Regional Water $13,292.50; USPS $190.40; Verizon Wireless $24.91, Wangler Tree Service $300.00; Waste Management 2,048.65; Waste Management $1,843.98; Waste Management $2,039.74; Wells Fargo Bank $750.00.

Fall Clean Up Day will be held on Tuesday, September 15, 2020.

The bid opening for the development of the Eighth Street Addition will be held on Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 4:00 pm at the Linton Community Center.

A special meeting will be held on Monday, September 28, 2020 at 5:00 pm to review bids and to discuss the Eighth Street Addition project.

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

A public hearing on the 2021 Budget will be held on Monday, October 5, 2020 at 5:30 pm.

A motion to adjourn was made by Jon Ptacek, second by Shelly Hauge. Meeting adjourned.

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