July 15, 2018 City Council Meeting Minutes

July 15, 2019 City Council Minutes

 

A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of International Falls, Minnesota was held in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building on the 15th day of July, 2019 at the hour of 4:30 P.M.

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:     Councilors Ditsch, Droba, Krause, Buller and Mayor Anderson.

MEMBERS ABSENT:     None.

 

APPROVED agenda with additions

MOTION by Councilor Krause to approve the agenda with additions as presented:

  • First Reading of Ordinance No. __, 5th Series, Repealing Ordinance No. 31 and Enacting Revised Chapter 14 of the City Code Imposing a One Percent (1%) Local Sales and Use Tax (Council action)
  • Resolution No.__-19 Accepting Donations to the City this 15th Day of July, 2019
  • Consider request to provide a Certificate of Support for the Citizens for Backus/AB application for financial support from the USDA – Rural Development, Tim Fairchild (Council action)

Motion seconded by Councilor Droba and carried unanimously.

   

APPROVED minutes of the July 1, 2019 regular Committee-of-the Whole meeting

MOTION by Councilor Ditsch to approve minutes of the regular Committee-of-the-Whole meeting of July 1, 2019. Motion seconded by Councilor Buller and carried unanimously.

   

APPROVED minutes of the July 1, 2019 regular City Council meeting

MOTION by Councilor Droba to approve minutes of the regular City Council meeting of July 1, 2019. Motion seconded by Councilor Krause and carried unanimously.

   

ADOPTED Resolution No. 44-19 approving transfers, payment of claims, and accounts payable

MOTION by Councilor Ditsch to adopt Resolution No. 44-19 approving transfers, payment of claims and accounts payable for the second monthly City Council meeting. Motion seconded by Councilor Krause and carried unanimously.

 

CLAIMS

Adam McIntyre Painting

Grind/Clean Smokey Bear

2,400.00  

66553 

AmeriPride Services

Cleaning Service 

1,025.83  

66554 

Andrew Holler 

Lawn Cleanup 

525.00  

66555 

Aqua-Pure Inc.

Coagulant/Qtly Service/Lab Bench

8,217.75  

66556 

Border Boxes

Shipping – Water Plant

105.00  

66557 

Bound Tree Medical LLC

Ambulance Supplies 

384.10  

66558 

Bowman Construction Co 

Asphalt Heater 

5,000.00  

66559 

Brian Youso 

Police Benefit 

150.00  

66560 

Brigzy’s Bundles 

Firewood – City Beach

75.00  

66561 

Cenex Voyaguer Fleet 

Gas-Grnds/Pol/Str/Amb/Wtr Plnt/Wash 

3,428.01  

66562 

City of Int’l Falls – Fund 101

Water/Sewer Admin Expenses

9,951.67  

66563 

City of Int’l Falls – Fund 401

Water/Sewer Admin Expenses

66,666.66  

66564 

City of Int’l Falls – Fund 403

Water/Sewer Admin Expenses

25,760.42  

66565 

City of Ranier

Water – City Beach 

103.32  

66566 

Civic Systems LLC

Semi – Annual Software Support

6,442.00  

66567 

Core & Main

Water Plant Meters/Supplies Water

25,672.36  

66568 

Crandall’s Septic Pumping 

Lup/Blanch/Holler/Kerry/Rvr/Pat/Beach 

825.00  

66569 

Customs Credentials 

Full Color ID Cards

12.75  

66570 

E Kooch Sanitary Sewer Dist.

City Beach/Water Plant

189.00  

66571 

Emergency Automotive Tech Inc.

Parts – Squad Car Siren

428.23  

66572 

Erickson’s Lawncare 

Fertilizing – Park/Rizzo/Kerry Park

375.00  

66573 

Falls Advanced Chiropractic 

Employment Physical 

90.00  

66574 

Falls Lumber Company 

Supplies – Str/Gar Maint – P&R/Grnds

371.79  

66575 

Forestland Sales & Service 

Gas – Water Plant/Water 

90.03  

66576 

Friend’s Garbage Service LLC.

Monthly Garbage Service 

1,731.60  

66577

Frontier 

Monthly Telephone Service 

2,541.86  

66578 

Galls, an Aramark Co., LLC

Clothing – Butts/Tveit/Fire Gen

1,076.44  

66579 

Gopher State One – Call

Monthly Billing 

213.30  

66580 

Graybar 

Electrical Supplies 

70.99

66581 

Hach Company 

Chemicals/Lab Supplies 

357.93  

66582 

Hamilton Medical 

Repair of Hamilton – TI Ventilator

1,678.67  

66583 

Harley Droba 

LMC Annual Conference

601.00  

66584 

Hibbing Community College 

Annual Safety & Health Training

3,187.76  

66585 

Innovative Office Solutions LLC

Supplies – Administration

72.77  

66586 

Kantor Electric Inc.

Electrical Supplies 

211.60  

66587 

Koerter’s Amoco 

Gas – Str/Gar/Str Lght/Wtr/Demo

2,807.12  

66588

Kooch County Auditor/Treasurer 

LEC Quarterly Lease

18,750.00  

66589 

Kooch County Hwy Dept.

Dyed Fuel-Grnds/Str/Gar/Wtr/Strm Sew 

2,512.28  

66590 

Lawson Products Inc.

Electrical Supplies 

529.39  

66591 

League of Minnesota Cities

Conference Registration – Droba

450.00  

66592 

Madden Galanter Hansen LLP

Legal Services 

15,207.91  

66593 

Mannco Trucking Inc.

Unit 123 – Parts 

165.72  

66594 

MedicareBlue Rx

Health Insurance Premiums 

1,851.50  

66595 

Melanie Clarity

Sewing – Tveit

32.00  

66596 

Menards International Falls 

Sup-Str/Wtr/Fire/Grnds/Str Lght/Amb 

1,242.86  

66597 

Meyers Glass 

Door Repair – VNP Maintenance

1,186.88  

66598 

Michael Musich 

Police Benefit 

150.00

66599 

Minnesota Energy Resources 

Utilities 

1,797.17  

66600 

Minnesota Industries 

Supplies – Wtr/Str/Str Light

98.55  

66601 

Minnesota Power 

Utilities 

1,405.00  

66602 

MN Dept. of Labor & Industry

Inspection – Pat Roche/City Hall

72.00  

66603 

MN Fire Service Cert Board

Firefighter I Exam 

345.00  

66604 

N Kooch Area Sanitary District 

Effluent/Backwash/Surcharge 

113,401.46  

66605 

NAPA Falls Supply

Sup – Parts-Tools-Gar/Grnds/Str/Amb

411.53

66606 

North Star Publishing 

Forms – Ambulance/Blight Inspection

413.94  

66607 

Northern Lumber & Hardware 

Maint-Sup-Gar/Str/Wtr/Fire/Amb/Plnt 

1,543.98  

66608 

O’Reilly Automotive Inc.

Parts-Tools-Sup-Grnds/Amb/Str/Fire 

1,925.17

66609 

Pace Analytical Services Inc.

City Beach Water Testing 

45.00  

66610 

Pelland Welding, Inc. 

324-L Trimmer/Oil – Gar/Parts – Fire

437.89  

66611 

Plasky Repair 

650 Dozer Install Door Glass 

90.80  

66612 

Praxair Distribution Inc.

Oxygen – Ambulance

144.97  

66613 

Rainy Lake Medical Center 

Medical Supplies 

256.88  

66614 

Randy’s Tire & Auto Repair LLC

Gas – Grounds/Fire 

18.29  

66615 

Range Paper Corp 

Sup – Tools – Bldgs & Grds/VNP/Str

2,058.20  

66616 

Robert Anderson 

LMC Annual Conference

701.86  

66617 

Schlenner Wenner & Co 

2018 Audit/Audit Work 

29,310.00  

66618 

Sjoblom Landscape & Nursery 

City Beach Work 

269.50  

66619 

Soundnorth 

Battery – Firehall

19.99  

66620 

Spohn Ranch Inc.

Skate Park – Maint

5,177.08  

66621 

Strategic Insights Inc.

Plan – IT Software License Renewal

725.00  

66622 

Streicher’s Inc.

Clothing – Kennedy/Wherley/Franko

1,350.81  

66623 

Taylor’s Plumbing & Htg LLC

Bldg Maint – Fire Hall

150.00  

66624 

Terry Christie 

Police Benefit 

150.00  

66625 

Terry Wood 

Police Benefit 

150.00  

66626 

The Journal 

Agendas/Minutes/Ordinances/Audit

2,740.16  

66627 

Thyssen Krupp Elevator Corp

Water Plant Elevator Maint 

699.91  

66628 

UHL Company Inc.

Bldg Maint – VNP/Library

1,588.00  

66629 

United States Treasury 

PCORI Fees

161.70  

66630 

USABlueBook

Tools – Water

688.30  

66631 

Vicky Steinbach

1519 2nd Ave E – Insurance Claim

11,387.16  

66632 

Viking Electric Supply Inc.

Electrical Supplies 

487.78  

66633 

Willi Kostiuk 

Police Benefit 

150.00  

66634 

Xerox Corporation 

Maint/Mth Chrg – Fire/Street/Wtr Plnt

141.31  

66635 

The following checks were issued under blanket authorization:

AFLAC 

Supplemental Insurance 

218.90

100235

AllState – American Heritage  

Supplemental Insurance 

9.64 

100236

Bremer Bank NA 

Federal Withholding 

39,383.53

100237

I.U.O.E. Local Central Pension Fund

Retirement 

2,770.86

100238

City of Int’l Falls

HRA – Police/Fire

546.00 

100239

City of Int’l Falls

Health Insurance – 49ers

304.00 

100240

Grant DeBenedet, Sec/Treas 

C.O.P.S. 

120.00 

100241

IAMAW District W33 

Union Dues 

1,790.00

100242

Intl Falls Ambulance Service 

Dues 

203.00

100243

Int’l Operating Engineers 49ers 

Union Dues 

805.00

100244

I.U.O.E. Local 49ers 

Health Reimbursement 

180.00

100245

MN Benefit Association

Supplemental Life Insurance

20.43

100246

MN Child Support Payment Center

Wage Assignment 

362.15

100247

MN Department of Revenue 

State Withholding 

8,193.15

100248

Empower Retirement 

Deferred Comp 

6,536.00

100249

PERA 

Life Insurance 

64.00

100250

PERA 

Retirement 

29,844.19

100251

Rodenburg Law Firm 

Wage Assignment

265.02

100252

    

AUDIENCE

None.

   

PUBLIC HEARING:

APPROVED First Reading of Ordinance No. __, 5th Series, Repealing Ordinance No. 31 and Enacting Revised Chapter 14 of the City Code Imposing a One Percent (1%) Local Sales and Use Tax

City Administrator Anderson reviewed Ordinance No. __, 5th Series, Repealing Ordinance No. 31 and Enacting Revised Chapter 14 of the City Code Imposing a One Percent (1%) Local Sales and Use Tax. Councilor Droba inquired the reasoning for the repeal. City Administrator Anderson stated that he and the Mayor received correspondence from the Commissioner of Revenues office indicating they wanted a standardize template that all community’s use establishing a local Sales and Use Tax.

 

MOTION by Councilor Droba approving the First Reading Ordinance No. __, 5th Series, Repealing Ordinance No. 31 and Enacting Revised Chapter 14 of the City Code Imposing a One Percent (1%) Local Sales and Use Tax.

Motion seconded by Councilor Krause and carried unanimously.

 

MOTION by Councilor Krause to hold a Special City Council Meeting on Monday July 22, at 5:00 P.M. for the Second Reading of Ordinance No. __, 5th Series, Repealing Ordinance No. 31 and Enacting Revised Chapter 14 of the City Code Imposing a One Percent (1%) Local Sales and Use Tax. Motion seconded by Councilor Buller and carried unanimously.

   

OPENING BIDS:

None.

   

OLD BUSINESS:

None 

   

CONSENT AGENDA: APPROVED as presented 

MOTION by Councilor Buller to approve the Consent Agenda as presented:

  1. Resolution No. 45-19 Accepting Donations to the City this 15th Day of July, 2019:
    1. Accept the following donations to the July 4th Commission for the 2019 July 4th Celebration:
      1. VFW Post 2948 – $500
      2. Boise White Paper, LLC – $2,500
      3. Rotary Club of Intl. Falls, for booths in the park – $2,975
      4. Rotary Club of Intl. Falls, for beer garden – $1,582.74
    2. Accept donation of used Scott’s SCBA equipment from CN Railway to the Fire Department.

Motion seconded by Councilor Buller. Councilor Droba asked for a point of order inquiring why the VFW Post 2948 and Boise White Paper, LLC were on the consent agenda when they had previously been approved. City Administrator Anderson stated that he just learned that state law requires adoption of a resolution to accept donations. The previous resolutions are included in the resolution with the other new donations. Motion carried unanimously.

   

NEW BUSINESS:

International Falls, Rainy Lake, and Ranier Convention and Visitors Bureau annual report presentation for FY2018-2019

Pete Schultz, from the Convention and Visitors Bureau, presented the International Falls, Rainy Lake, and Ranier Convention and Visitors Bureau annual report for FY2018-2019

   

APPROVED request to provide a Certificate of Support for the Citizens for Backus/AB application for financial support from the USDA – Rural Development

Tim Fairchild shared that Backus/AB Community Center has filed an application for financial assistance with the USDA – Rural Development. The funds would be used to improve health and safety in the Backus Building, improve energy efficiency and help maintain the structural integrity of the historic building and include:

  • Boiler Condensate Tank Replacement
  • Update Basement Lighting (LEDs)
  • Replace Floor Tile – East Hallway
  • Replace Fuel Lines to Boiler
  • Locker Room/Window Well Drain Repair
  • Purchase Floor Scrubbing Machine

Mr. Fairchild is requesting a certificate of support showing the communities support of the project.

 

MOTION by Councilor Krause to approve providing a Certificate of Support for the Citizens for Backus/AB application for financial support from the USDA – Rural Development. Motion seconded by Councilor Ditsch and carried unanimously.

   

AUTHORIZED
$400 to advertise and sponsor the 6:00 P.M., August 7th reception/presentation at the AmericInn on Increasing a community’s sense of purpose, identity and can-do spirit by finding a common sense of direction by Don Ness, former Duluth Mayor

MOTION by Councilor Buller to authorize $400 to advertise and sponsor the 6:00 P.M., August 7th reception/presentation at the AmericInn on Increasing a community’s sense of purpose, identity and can-do spirit by finding a common sense of direction by Don Ness, former Duluth Mayor. Motion seconded by Councilor Droba whom questioned if we could co-sponsor this event. City Administrator Anderson will check the public expenditure policy. Motion carried unanimously.

   

Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) notice of Service Connection Fee Increase from $6.36 to $9.72 per customer effective January 1, 2020

City Administrator Anderson received a letter from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) indicating there will be a Service Connection Fee Increase from $6.36 to $9.72, per customer, per year effective January 1, 2020. The City typically bills this expense once annually in the July water bill sent to each customer.

   

APPROVED Building Demolition Policy as amended and lifted Moratorium

City Administrator Anderson stated the Council reduced the number of building types, will demolish homesteaded single-family residential buildings and not rental buildings at City expense, deleted the Type B building, and combined duplex buildings with Type A buildings.

 

MOTION by Councilor Droba to approve the Building Demolition Policy with the following revisions on Page 1 Section II, Definition of Terms. Types of Buildings. Eligibility of Buildings, under Type A, remove the word “duplex”, also remove the word “duplex” from the second bullet. Page 2 under Type D, insert the word “duplex” after multifamily housing. Section III, Demolition Fees, under Type A, remove the word “duplex.” Motion seconded by Councilor Krause.

 

City Administrator Anderson stated that modifications are still needed for Exhibit B, Application to Qualify Building for Demolition form and Building Demolition Ready form.

 

MOTION by Councilor Droba to amend original motion to allow revisions to Exhibit B, which will be presented at the Special City Council meeting on Monday July 22, 2019, and to lift the moratorium. Motion seconded by Councilor Krause. Motion carried unanimously.

 

The vote to approve the Main Motion as amended carried unanimously.

   

AUTHORIZED Declaring two Police squad’s surplus equipment and authorize the Police Chief to sell and dispose of the excess property via DoBid online bids

MOTION by Councilor Buller authorizing declaring two Police squad’s surplus equipment and authorize the Police Chief to sell and dispose of the excess property via DoBid online bids. Motion seconded by Councilor Droba.

City Administrator Anderson requested the funds from the sale be placed in 402 Reserve for Capital Outlay Fund, Police Vehicles/Equipment, instead of the General Fund. Councilor Droba questioned the change in the disbursement of the funds. City Administrator Anderson explained if the vehicle had been traded-in, the funds would not have gone to the General Fund. The Do-Bid revenues will be used to reduce the cost of the purchase of future Police Vehicles and payment out of the General Fund.

 

MOTION by Councilor Ditsch to amend the motion to place the funds from the sale in the 402 Reserve for Capital Outlay Fund, Police Equipment. Motion seconded by Councilor Krause and carried unanimously.

 

The vote to approve the Main Motion as amended carried unanimously.

   

APPROVED Police Civil Service Commission and Police Chief recommendation to hire Anthony Kastens for position of Part-time Patrol Officer effective July 16, 2019

MOTION by Councilor Krause to approve Police Civil Service Commission and Police Chief recommendation to hire Anthony Kastens for position of Part-time Patrol Officer effective July 16, 2019. Motion seconded by Councilor Ditsch and carried unanimously.

   

APPROVED Resolution No. 46-19, PERA Declaration for Part-time Patrol Office Anthony Kastens

MOTION by Councilor Buller to approve Resolution No. 46-19, PERA Declaration for Part-time Patrol Officer Anthony Kastens. Motion seconded by Councilor Krause and carried unanimously.

   

APPROVED Resolution No. 47-19, Delegating authority to make electronic fund transfers to the Finance Officer and Deputy City Administrator

MOTION by Councilor Ditsch to approve Resolution No. 47-19, Delegating authority to make electronic fund transfers to the Finance Officer and Deputy City Administrator. Motion seconded by Councilor Buller and carried unanimously.

   

APPROVED WSN proposal to conduct Municipal State Aid (MSA) street and public parking lot condition assessment for up to $8,300 payable from MSA and PI Fund Professional Services

Councilor Buller asked why and what is the purpose of the assessment. City Administrator Anderson stated the previous Council had approved assessment of our local streets. Streets were rated 1 to 6. Recommendation at that time was to not assess the Municipal State Aid (MSA) streets and public parking lots. The staff is requesting to have the assessment completed so our MSA streets and parking lots are rated. This rating will be used to determine which streets/parking lots need repairs and how they fit into our improvement schedule. Street/Water Commissioner stated that it is beneficial to have all our streets and parking lots rated on the same system.

 

MOTION by Councilor Krause to approve WSN proposal to conduct Municipal State Aid (MSA) street and public parking lot condition assessment for up to $8,300 payable from MSA and PI Fund Professional Services.
Motion seconded by Councilor Buller. Motion carried unanimously.

   

OTHER BUSINESS: 

None.

   

REPORTS:

Reports of the Administrator, Attorney, and Department Heads

Police Chief Mastin gave a brief report for June 2019.

 

Fire Chief Mannausau gave a brief report for June 2019. Councilor Droba inquired about blight removal. Chief Mannausau stated that 84 letters have been sent. He also shared that homeowners have been more receptive this year with cleaning up their properties after receiving a letter.

 

Building Official Meyers gave a brief report for second quarter 2019.

   

Reports of Mayor and Council Committees

Mayor Anderson handed out a written Mayor’s Report dated July 15, 2019. Mayor Anderson also shared an email he received from MnDOT regarding construction beginning July 22, 2019 along Highway 53 south of Cook.

 

Councilor Droba shared that a Public Works Committee meeting is scheduled for July 17, 2019 at 1:00 P.M. in the City Council Chambers.

   

AUDIENCE 

Duane Etienne, from KGHS/KSDM radio stated that the stop light at the corner of 3rd St. and 6th Ave. is not being triggered. Motorists are using the KGHS/KSDM parking lot to avoid waiting for the light. Employees have on occasion gone and hit the button to trigger the change in the light. Street/Water Commissioner Ted Brokaw stated that crews will be out soon painting yellow blocks so drivers will know where to stop their car to activate the stop light. Mayor Anderson asked that research be done to see if any signage exists instructing the motorist how to trigger the light change.

 

Ricky Roche from 6 R’s Inc., addressed his concerns regarding the road near his business on 22nd St. He inquired if the road would be improved by paving it or if gravel would be laid. Street/Water Commissioner Ted Brokaw stated that there are no plans for improvements at this time. Mayor Anderson stated they will discuss it at the Public Works meeting on Wednesday, July 17.

   

ADJOURNMENT 

Mayor Anderson reminded everyone that the next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 5, 2019 at 4:30 P.M. A Special City Council meeting is scheduled for July 22, 2019 at 5:00 P.M. for the second reading of the ordinance imposing the one percent sales and use tax and repealing Ordinance No. 31. The Mayor adjourned the meeting at 6:17 P.M.

 

                    

ATTEST: Robert W. Anderson, Mayor

                        

Kenneth R. Anderson, City Administrator

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