October 21, 2019 City Council Meeting Minutes

October 21, 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 21st day of October, 2019 at the hour of 4:30 P.M.

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:     Councilors Ditsch, Nelson, Krause, and Mayor Droba.

MEMBERS ABSENT:     Councilor Buller.

 

APPROVED agenda

MOTION by Councilor Krause to approve the agenda as presented. Motion seconded by Councilor Ditsch and carried unanimously.

   

APPROVED minutes of the October 7, 2019 regular City Council meeting

MOTION by Councilor Ditsch to approve minutes of the regular City Council meeting of October 7, 2019. Motion seconded by Councilor Krause. Motion passed 3-0-1 with Councilors Ditsch, Krause and Mayor Droba voting ‘yea’ and Councilor Nelson abstaining.

   

APPROVED minutes of the October 10, 2019 Committee-of-the-Whole meeting

MOTION by Councilor Ditsch to approve minutes of the Committee-of-the-Whole meeting of October 10, 2019. Motion seconded by Councilor Krause. Motion passed 3-0-1 with Councilors Ditsch, Krause and Mayor Droba voting ‘yea’ and Councilor Nelson abstaining.

   

APPROVED minutes of the October 14, 2019 Committee-of-the-Whole meeting

MOTION by Councilor Krause to approve minutes of the Committee-of-the-Whole meeting of October 14, 2019. Motion seconded by Councilor Ditsch. Motion passed 3-0-1 with Councilors Ditsch, Krause and Mayor Droba voting ‘yea’ and Councilor Nelson abstaining.

   

APPROVED minutes of the October 15, 2019 special City Council meeting

MOTION by Councilor Ditsch to approve minutes of the special City Council meeting of October 15, 2019. Motion seconded by Councilor Nelson and carried unanimously.

   

ADOPTED Resolution No. 72-19 approving transfers, payment of claims, and accounts payable

MOTION by Councilor Nelson to adopt Resolution No. 72-19 approving transfers, payment of claims and accounts payable for the second monthly City Council meeting. Motion seconded by Councilor Krause and carried unanimously.

 

CLAIMS

A Plus Pest Management LLC

Pest Control

555.00

67216

Alex Air Apparatus Inc.

Universal Spanner Wrench (6)

112.77

67217

All Season Equipment Inc.

Tire Unit 4-Tahoe/Stihl Part/San Sew Part

1,249.40

67218

American Ambulance Association

Membership Renewal

525.00

67219

AmeriPride Services

Cleaning Service

1,064.06

67220

Andrea Kappleman

Jr High Volleyball Coach

1,000.00

67221

Andrew Holler

Lawn Cleanup

2,076.00

67222

Arrowhead EMS Association

Annual Membership Fee

170.00

67223

Border Boxes

Shipping – Police Dept./Water Plant

128.75

67224

Bound Tree Medical LLC

Ambulance Supplies

285.03

67225

Bowman Construction Co

3/4 Minus”

2,700.00

67226

Brian Youso

Police Benefit

150.00

67227

City of Fargo, North Dakota

Water Lab Tests

100.00

67228

City of Int’l Falls – Fund 101

Water/Sewer Admin Expenses

9,951.67

67229

City of Int’l Falls – Fund 401

Water/Sewer Admin Expenses

66,666.66

67230

City of Int’l Falls – Fund 403

Water/Sewer Admin Expenses

25,760.42

67231

CMS Medicare

Amb Overpayment Refund – 25456924

1,015.90

67232

Coffee Landing Metro

Crew Meals

40.00

67233

Core & Main

Supplies – Water Dept.

2,026.32

67234

E Kooch Sanitary Sewer Dist.

City Beach/Water Plant

189.00

67235

Earl F Andersen

Sign Posts

1,815.00

67236

Expert T Billing

Amb Transports

3,808.00

67237

Fairchild Sign

Sign – Bldg Official/Zoning Administrator

880.00

67238

Falls Lumber Company

Maint & Repair – Buildings/Dugouts

103.70

67239

Frontier

Monthly Telephone Service

2,541.48

67240

Galls, an Aramark Co., LLC

Clothing – Sears/Myers/Sweney/Fire

1,170.45

67241

Graybar

Supplies – Str Light/Amb/Electrical

225.54

67242

Hamilton Medical

Supplies – Ambulance

595.74

67243

Hawkins Inc.

Aqua Hawk Skma7 – Chemicals

32,921.02

67244

Innovative Office Solutions LLC

Sups – Engineer/Fire/Pol/Amb/Admin

159.04

67245

Jenica Whitbeck

Jr High Volleyball Coach

1,000.00

67246

Jim Rognerud

Beaver Control

500.00

67247

John Reller

Jr High Football Coach

1,000.00

67248

K & K Meyers Inc.

Locks/Keys – Street/Fire/Grounds

294.03

67249

Kacey Kujula

Jr High Volleyball Coach

1,000.00

67250

Kooch Co Env Services Dept.

Tipping Fee – Street

22.00

67251

Kooch County Auditor/Treasurer

LEC Quarterly Lease

18,750.00

67252

Kooch County Sheriff’s Office

DO-Bid Vehicle Ads

43.77

67253

Lawson Products Inc.

Electrical Supplies

388.65

67254

Marco

Antivirus/Microsoft Exchange

80.00

67255

Marvin & Kathy Smith

Overpayment Refund

122.52

67256

MedicareBlue Rx

Health Insurance Premiums

1,883.00

67257

Menards International Falls

Tools/Supplies – Fire/Park & Rec/Street

99.60

67258

Meyers Glass

Property Repair – 10 Riverview Blvd

103.65

67259

Michael Musich

Police Benefit

150.00

67260

Minnesota Industries

Supplies – Water/Street

226.58

67261

Minnesota Power

Utilities

24,496.10

67262

MN Chiefs of Police Assoc.

Training Regular – Kostiuk

675.00

67263

Municipal Code Corporation

Annual Fee – MyMunicode

100.00

67264

N Kooch Area Sanitary District

Effluent/Backwash/Surcharge

168,429.08

67265

NAPA Falls Supply

Parts-VNP, Supplies – Street/Water

110.92

67266

Northern Lumber & Hardware

Sup-Str/Gar/Wtr/P&R/Wtr Plnt-Ice Shel

1,343.56

67267

Office of MNIT Services

Wide Area Network(Wan) Services

260.00

67268

Pace Analytical Services Inc.

City Beach Water Testing

45.00

67269

Pelland Welding, Inc.

Supplies – Street

138.62

67270

Praxair Distribution Inc.

Oxygen – Ambulance

254.82

67271

Rainy Lake Medical Center

Medical Supplies

217.40

67272

Range Paper Corp

Cleaning Supplies – Fire/Ambulance

266.86

67273

Ronning’s

Rain Gear – Water Dept.

184.95

67274

ServiceMaster of Intl Falls

Commercial Cleaning 2nd Floor – VNP

4,410.00

67275

Seton ID Products

Engraved Signs – Fire Dept.

41.55

67276

St Louis County Auditor

Regular Radio Board

263.96

67277

Streicher’s Inc.

Clothing Allowance – M Kostiuk

177.97

67278

Taylor’s Plumbing & Htg LLC

Bldg Maint – Ice Shelter

2,159.13

67279

Terry Christie

Police Benefit

150.00

67280

Terry Wood

Police Benefit

150.00

67281

The Journal

Agendas/Minutes/Ads Fire Engineer

2,258.67

67282

Thomas J Coulombe

Jr High Football Coach

1,000.00

67283

UHL Company Inc.

Bldg Maint – VNP

1,373.50

67284

United Electric

Supplies – Street Lighting

41.02

67285

United Rentals Inc.

Roller 24-33 Walkbehind Pad

1,829.42

67286

Viking Industrial Center

Maint – Sanitary Sewer

106.80

67287

Widseth Smith Nolting

Engineering Services

78,723.18

67288

Willi Kostiuk

Police Benefit

150.00

67289

WMG Lyfjaberg LLC

Medical Director

300.00

67290

XEROX Corporation

Maint/Mth Chrg – Fire/Street/Wtr Plnt

310.04  

67291 

The following checks were issued under blanket authorization:

AFLAC 

Supplemental Insurance

218.90

100353

AllState – American Heritage  

Supplemental Insurance 

9.64 

100354

Bremer Bank NA 

Federal Withholding 

37,307.08

100355

I.U.O.E. Local Central Pension Fund 

Retirement 

4,863.73

100315

City of Int’l Falls

HRA – Police/Fire

520.00

100357

City of Int’l Falls

Health Insurance – 49ers

304.00 

100358

Grant DeBenedet, Sec/Treas 

C.O.P.S. 

120.00 

100359

IAMAW District W33 

Union Dues 

1,510.00

100360

IF Fire Dept. Relief

Volunteer Firemen Dues

406.00

100361

Intl Falls Ambulance Service

Dues 

161.00

100362

Int’l Operating Engineers 49ers 

Union Dues 

805.00

100363

I.U.O.E. Local 49ers 

Health Reimbursement 

180.00

100364

MN Benefit Association

Supplemental Life Insurance

20.43

100365

MN Child Support Payment Center

Wage Assignment 

362.15

100366

MN Department of Revenue 

State Withholding 

7,496.99

100367

Empower Retirement 

Deferred Comp 

6,492.00

100368

PERA 

Life Insurance 

64.00

100369

PERA 

Retirement 

29,848.67

100370

Rodenburg Law Firm 

Wage Assignment

324.66

100371

    

AUDIENCE:

None.

   

PUBLIC HEARING:

APPROVED second and final reading of Ordinance No. 33, 5th Series, Amending the Code of Ordinances, Chapter 11, to Amend the Official Zoning Map within the First Addition to International Falls Business Park from P-1, Public to M-1B, Manufacturing, and C-1A, Commercial

Mayor Droba opened the public hearing for the second and final reading of Ordinance No. 33, 5th Series, Amending the Code of Ordinances, Chapter 11, to Amend the Official Zoning Map within the First Addition to International Falls Business Park from P-1, Public to M-1B, Manufacturing, and C-1A, Commercial. City Administrator Anderson stated that the amendment to the City Official Zoning District Map in the Code of Ordinances shall not be in effect until approval, signatures, and filing of the final plat of First Addition to International Falls Business Park is of record with the Koochiching County Recorder’s office. There was no public comment.

 

MOTION by Councilor Krause to approve the second and final reading of Ordinance No. 33, 5th Series, Amending the Code of Ordinances, Chapter 11, to Amend the Official Zoning Map within the First Addition to International Falls Business Park from P-1, Public to M-1B, Manufacturing, and C-1A, Commercial. Motion seconded by Councilor Nelson and carried unanimously.

   

OPENING BIDS: 

None.

   

OLD BUSINESS: 

None.

   

CONSENT AGENDA: APPROVED as presented 

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

  1. Approve travel and training expenses for the Office Clerk, Building Official and City Administrator to attend continuing education at the 64th Annual Institute for Building Officials on various dates from January 8-23, 2020, in Brooklyn Center, MN.
  2. Approve 2020 license renewals effective January 1, 2020:
  • Coffee Landing Café – restaurant license
  • D & S Pizza Inc. – restaurant license
  • Dollar Tree #3694 – fireworks license
  • Fun Food Factory – itinerant restaurant license
  • Hardee’s of Int’l Falls – restaurant license
  • Icebox Investments LLC, Dairy Queen – Int’l Falls – restaurant license
  • Leon’s Snow & Grass – snowplow license
  • M W Friend’s Inc. – garbage haulers license
  • McDonald’s – Int’l Falls – restaurant license
  • Posh Relief, LLC – massage individual license
  • Rousseau Renovations, LLC – snowplow license
  • Up North Builders Inc. – snowplow license

Motion seconded by Councilor Nelson and carried unanimously.

   

NEW BUSINESS:

APPROVED
road closure request for Christmas parade use of Smokey Bear Park, and fireworks on Friday, November 29, 2019

Andrea Pastor requested use of Smokey Bear Park for the Christmas Parade on Friday November 29, 2019. Road closure would begin at 5:30 P.M., parade at 6:00 P.M., fireworks at 7:30 P.M., with road re-opening at 8:00 P.M.

 

MOTION by Councilor Krause to approve the use of Smokey Bear Park for the Christmas Parade and Fireworks on November 29, 2019 with road closure from 5:30 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Motion seconded by Councilor Ditsch and carried unanimously.

   

TABLED appointment Mayor Pro Tem

Mayor Droba stated he would like the Councilors to appoint the Mayor Pro Tem. Councilor Ditsch stated he would like to table the appointment until all Councilors are present.

MOTION by Councilor Krause to table the appointment of Mayor Pro Tem until all Councilors are in attendance. Motion seconded by Councilor Ditsch and carried unanimously.

   

APPROVED Mayor’s appointments to various internal and external committees

MOTION by Councilor Ditsch to approve the Mayor’s internal and external appointments to various committees as follows.

 

Internal Committees:

 

Legislation and Land Use

  • Councilor Krause (Chair)
  • Councilor Ditsch

     

Budget and Finance

  • TBD – Mayor Pro Tem (Chair)
  • Mayor Droba
  • Councilor Buller
  • Councilor Ditsch
  • Councilor Krause
  • Councilor Nelson

     

Human Resources

  • Councilor Nelson (Chair)
  • Councilor Krause

 

Public Works and Infrastructure

  • Councilor Buller (Chair)
  • Mayor Droba

 

Airport Commission

  • Mayor Droba
  • Councilor Buller

Chamber of Commerce

  • Mayor Droba

 

Highway 53 Long Range Improvement Task Force

  • Councilor Buller

 

Rainy-Rapid River Zoning Advisory Board

  • Councilor Ditsch

 

Special Police Department Fund

  • Councilor Buller
  • Councilor Ditsch

Koochiching Economic Development Authority

  • Mayor Droba
  • IFEDA Chair to be determined

 

Recreation Commission

  • Mayor Droba
  • Councilor Krause
  • Councilor Nelson

     

External Committee:

 

North Koochiching Area Sanitary District

  • Terry Murray to serve Mayor Anderson’s term

 

Motion seconded by Councilor Krause and carried unanimously.

   

APPROVED
2019 license and 2020 license renewals that may include tobacco and/or liquor applications, as presented

MOTION by Councilor Nelson to approve Year 2019 license and Year 2020 license renewals that may include tobacco and/or liquor applications:

 

Effective October 22, 2019:

  • Family Dollar Inc. – 3.2 off sale license

 

Effective January 1, 2020:

  • County Market Liquor LLC – cigarette license and off sale liquor license
  • Family Dollar Inc. – 3.2 off sale license
  • Holiday Stationstore #380 – 3.2 off sale license, cigarette license, gasoline pumps license, and restaurant license
  • Miner’s Inc. – 3.2 off sale license, cigarette license, gasoline pumps license, and restaurant license
  • Super One – cigarette license and restaurant license

 

Motion passed 3-0-1 with Councilors Ditsch, Krause, and Nelson voting ‘yea’ and Mayor Droba abstaining.

   

APPROVED five-year Capital Improvement Plan and priorities for public infrastructure projects prepared by WSN

City Administrator Anderson shared that the Capital Improvement Plan projected what kind of improvements need to be made and when. Mayor Droba explained that the Capital Improvement Plan has been four years in the making. Additional funds besides the Sales and Use Tax will be needed. Focus will be on fixing the roads from deteriorating further to save long-term costs, not necessarily fixing the worst roads.

 

MOTION by Councilor Ditsch to approve the five-year Capital Improvement Plan and priorities for public infrastructure projects prepared by WSN. Motion seconded by Councilor Krause and carried unanimously.

   

AUTHORIZED submittal of letter of intent by October 31, 2019 to ARDC to participate in the Federal FY 2024 Transportation Alternatives (TA) Program

City Administrator Anderson explained that Northeast Minnesota applicants may apply for between $100,000 and $600,000 to reimburse 80% of their proposed project costs; state or local funding must provide a 20% match.

 

MOTION by Councilor Nelson authorizing submittal of letter of intent by October 31, 2019 to ARDC to participate in the Federal FY 2024 Transportation Alternatives (TA) Program. Motion seconded by Councilor Ditsch and carried unanimously.

   

AUTHORIZED pursuing USDA Community Facility Disaster Grant Funding from the Disaster Relief Act of 2019 for up to $50,000 for equipment acquisition

MOTION by Councilor Krause authorizing City Administrator to pursue USDA Community Facility Disaster Grant Funding from the Disaster Relief Act of 2019 for up to $50,000 for equipment acquisition. Motion seconded by Councilor Nelson and carried unanimously.

   

APPROVED Not Opting out of the Federal Opioid Litigation

City Attorney Steve Shermoen shared that he received information from the League of Minnesota Cities noting cities had the opportunity to opt out of the Opioid class-action litigation. Shermoen recommended that the City not opt out. Any funds that would be awarded in the litigation would be allocated to the city. Mayor Droba asked the Council if anyone wished to opt out and all agreed to not opt out. No action necessary.

   

OTHER BUSINESS: 

None.

   

REPORTS:

Reports of the Administrator, Attorney, and Department Heads 

City Administrator Anderson shared that the U.S. Census Bureau will be recruiting temporary workers to assist with the 2020 Census count on Tuesday October 22, 2019 from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. and October 24, 2019 from 12:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. at the International Falls Public Library.

 

City Attorney Steve Shermoen welcomed Councilor Chelsea Nelson.

 

City Administrator Anderson shared the Building Permit 3rd Quarter report.

   

Reports of Mayor and Council Committees 

Mayor Droba shared that he had a great meeting with the Chamber of Commerce. At the Recreation Commission meeting on October 16, 2019 Mayor Droba started discussions regarding the Joint Powers Agreement with the County, KEDA, Airport and School District. Currently Councilors have to sit on these committees. Mayor Droba suggested that the members to be appointed to these boards be more reflective our community.

   

AUDIENCE 

None.

   

ADJOURNMENT 

Mayor Droba reminded everyone that the next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 5, 2019 at 4:30 P.M. The Mayor adjourned the meeting at 5:27 P.M.

 

                    

ATTEST: Harley M. Droba, Mayor

                        

Kenneth R. Anderson, City Administrator

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