November 18, 2019 City Council Meeting Minutes

November 18, 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 18th day of November, 2019 at the hour of 4:30 P.M.

 

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

MEMBERS ABSENT:     Councilor None.

 

APPROVED agenda with additions

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

  • Approve Resolution No.
    -19, Public Employees Retirement Association Firefighter Engineer Declaration for Daniel M. P. Sweney
  • Consent to Mayor’s recommended appointments to the “Charter Commission of the City of International Falls, MN” for submittal to the Chief Judge for approval (Council action)
  • International Falls Public Library Board of Trustees meeting packet from November 13, 2019

Motion seconded by Councilor Buller and carried unanimously.

   

APPROVED minutes of the November 4, 2019 regular City Council meeting

MOTION by Councilor Ditsch to approve minutes of the regular City Council meeting of November 4, 2019. Motion seconded by Councilor Nelson and carried unanimously.

   

APPROVED minutes of the November 4, 2019 Committee-of-the-Whole meeting

MOTION by Councilor Krause to approve minutes of the Committee-of-the-Whole meeting of November 4, 2019. Motion seconded by Councilor Ditsch and carried unanimously.

   

APPROVED minutes of the November 12, 2019 Committee-of-the-Whole meeting

MOTION by Councilor Buller to approve minutes of the Committee-of-the-Whole meeting of November 12, 2019. Motion seconded by Councilor Nelson and carried unanimously.

   

ADOPTED Resolution No. 76-19 approving transfers, payment of claims, and accounts payable

MOTION by Councilor Ditsch to adopt Resolution No. 76-19 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+ Pest Management

Pest Control 

555.00  

67432 

Acme Tools – Grand Forks

Blades – Maint Repair Sanitary

1,348.39  

67433 

Allied Generators 

Generator Inspection – Water Plant

1,705.00  

67434 

AmeriPride Services

Cleaning Service 

1,388.65  

67435 

Border Boxes 

Shipping – Water Dept./Water Plant

127.00  

67436 

Bound Tree Medical LLC

Ambulance Supplies 

2,803.53  

67437 

Bowman Construction Co 

3/4 Minus Crusher Fines/Winter Sand 

26,650.00  

67438 

Bremer Cardmember Service 

MR/Sup-Fire/Amb/Pol/Str Trav-Amb/Str

3,774.17  

67439 

Brian Youso 

Police Benefit

150.00  

67440 

Cenex Voyager Fleet 

Gas-Grnds/Pol/Bld Off/Str/Amb/Wtr Plnt 

4,024.77  

67441 

City of Int’l Falls – Fund 101

Water/Sewer Admin Expenses 

9,951.67  

67442 

City of Int’l Falls – Fund 401

Water Funds Transfer

66,666.66  

67443 

City of Int’l Falls – Fund 403

Water Funds Transfer

25,760.42  

67444 

City of Ranier

Water – City Beach 

11.00  

67445 

Compass Minerals 

Winter Salt 

14,007.85  

67446 

Core & Main 

Supplies – San Sew/Wtr Dept. – Meters

20,993.81  

67447 

Crandall’s Septic Pumping

Portable Johns – City Parks 

300.00  

67448 

Crysteel Manufacturing Inc.

Parts – Plow Truck

11,847.00  

67449 

DSC Communications

Portable Radio Repair – Police

112.00  

67450 

Earl F Andersen 

Street Signs 

516.10  

67451 

Essentia Health – Intl Falls Clinic

Physicals – Kittelson/Drewes/Kelly

1,386.00  

67452 

Expert T Billing 

Ambulance Transports

3,388.00  

67453 

Fairchild Sign 

Sign – Chamber Bldg/Councilor Nelson  

400.00  

67454 

Forestland Sales & Service 

Balance Tires – Wtr Plnt, Gas – Wtr

108.53  

67455 

Forterra Pipe & Precast 

Sanitary Sewer 

1,280.00  

67456 

Friend’s Garbage Service LLC

Monthly Garbage Service 

1,779.57  

67457 

Frontier 

Labor Chg – Admin/Monthly Tel Service

2,972.98  

67458 

Galls, an Aramark Co., LLC

Clothing – Ambulance/Scofield/Sears

2,242.31  

67459 

Gopher State One – Call

Monthly Billing 

221.40  

67460 

Grafix Shoppe 

Unit #2001 Graphics 

335.75  

67461 

Greentech Manufacturing Inc.

Supplies – St Garage

60.60

67462 

Hach Company 

Chemicals/Lab Supplies 

365.33  

67463 

Hawkins Inc.

Soda Ash/Chemicals 

13,712.34  

67464 

High Performance Products 

Fuel & Lubricants 

390.16  

67465 

Humana Health Care Plans 

Ambulance Overpayment Refund 

63.47  

67466

Innovative Office Solutions LLC

Supplies – Administration

204.74  

67467 

K & K Meyers Inc.

Keys-Grnds/Pol/Light Bldg Maint – GGB

140.21  

67468 

Kantor Electric Inc.

Labor – Fire C. Nelson

94.00  

67469 

Kenneth R Anderson 

Travel Expenses/Office Supplies

60.58  

67470 

KGHS/KSDM

Council Vacancy/2020 Census 

1,008.00  

67471 

KGM Contractors Inc.

20 Tons Patching 

3,900.00  

67472 

Koerter’s Amoco 

Gas – Str/Gar/Wtr/Str Light 

1,619.50  

67473 

Kooch Co Env Services Dept.

Tipping Fee – Street

16.00  

67474 

Macqueen Equipment Inc.

Tools – San Sewer/Parts – Vactor

341.34  

67475 

Madden Galanter Hansen LLP

Legal Services 

414.00  

67476 

MedicareBlue Rx

Health Insurance Premiums 

1,883.00  

67477 

Melanie Clarity

Sewing – Scofield

60.00  

67478 

Menards International Falls 

Tools/Sup – Gar/Wtr/San Sew/Fire/Str

458.41  

67479 

Mershon Technology Interests 

Supplies – IT

1,186.00  

67480 

Michael Musich 

Police Benefit 

150.00  

67481 

Mid-States Equipment Inc.

Mobile Plate Assembly 

1,302.40  

67482 

Minnesota Industries 

Supplies – Street/Water/Garage

637.52  

67483 

Minnesota Power 

Utilities 

29,001.37  

67484 

MTI Distributing Inc.

Parts – VNP

674.95  

67485 

N Kooch Area Sanitary District

Effluent/Backwash/Surcharge 

223,713.62  

67486 

Napa Falls Supply 

Tools – Garage, Parts – Grounds

285.46  

67487 

Northern Lumber & Hardware 

Sup/Bldg Maint-Gar/Wtr/GGB Ice Shlter

760.58  

67488 

Northwest Tire 

Tires – Ambulance 

551.00  

67489

Office of MNIT Services

Wide Area Network(Wan) Services

260.00  

67490 

O’Reilly Automotive Inc.

Parts-Amb/Gar/Str/Fire/Units 18/961/151

962.07  

67491 

Pat Coleman 

Acct Deposit Refund 

20.00  

67492 

Pelland Welding, Inc. 

Supplies – Street Garage

45.00  

67493 

Praxair Distribution Inc.

Oxygen – Ambulance

306.16  

67494 

Premier Pyrotechnics 

4th of July Fireworks

16,000.00  

67495 

Premier Specialty Vehicles 

Unit 16-02 Bumper/Parts – Deer Hit

2,870.75  

67496 

Quantum EMS LLC

Ambulance Child Restraints 

2,442.00  

67497 

Rainy Lake Medical Center 

Medical Supplies 

209.81  

67498 

Rainy Lake Oil 

Unit 644J – Street

2,125.00  

67499 

Randy’s Tire & Auto Repair LLC

Unit 2 Police Tire Repair 

18.00  

67500 

Range Paper Corp

Clean Serv/Sup – Bldgs/Fire/VNP/Gar

3,496.12  

67501 

Rhory Gelo 

Safety Boot Allowance 

110.00  

67502 

Rob & Kim Tupper 

Overpayment Refund 

49.65  

67503 

Ronning’s  

Clothing Allowance – Fire General

534.96  

67504 

ServiceMaster of Intl Falls

Cleaning Services – VNP

3,500.00  

67505 

Shannon’s Inc.

Boiler Project – Water Plant

1,489.95  

67506 

Shawn Kelly 

Safety Boot Allowance

110.00  

67507 

Sjoblom Landscape & Nursery 

VNP – Plantings/Grounds

727.45  

67508 

Skubic Bros. International

Maint – Street – 2012 Intl

4,458.35  

67509 

Stryker Sales Corp 

Ambulance Stretcher Battery Packs 

1,766.76  

67510 

Super One Foods 

Nat Night Out/Sup-Str/Pol Civ Serv Hear 

1,414.18  

67511 

Taylor’s Plumbing & Htg LLC

Bldg Maint-Mun Bldg/Bandshell Fur

2,377.08  

67512 

Terry Christie 

Police Benefit 

150.00  

67513 

Terry Wood 

Police Benefit 

150.00  

67514 

The Journal 

Agendas/Min/Census Ads/Proc/Ord/Ads 

3,367.43  

67515 

TMI Coatings Inc.

Flooring – Water Plant

23,200.00  

67516

Todd Ojala 

IT Mileage Expense

11.60  

67517 

Top That! by Loni

Smokey Bear Maint 

465.00  

67518 

UHL Company Inc.

Bldg Maint – VNP

1,195.03  

67519 

United Truck Body Co Inc.

Parts – Street

2,094.00  

67520 

Viking Electric Supply Inc.

Electrical Supplies 

261.65  

67521 

Virginia Fire & Ambulance 

Ambulance Intercept Service 

400.00  

67522 

Widseth Smith Nolting 

Engineering Services

48,450.41  

67523 

Willi Kostiuk 

Police Benefit 

150.00  

67524 

Wimmer’s Body Shop 

Maint/Repair Police Vehicle vs Deer

3,125.79  

67525 

Xerox Corporation 

Maint/Mth Chrg – Wtr Plnt

35.66  

67526 

The following checks were issued under blanket authorization:

AFLAC 

Supplemental Insurance 

218.90

100385

AllState – American Heritage  

Supplemental Insurance

9.64 

100386

Bremer Bank NA 

Federal Withholding 

37,374.25

100387

I.U.O.E. Local Central Pension Fund 

Retirement 

3,045.47

100388

City of Int’l Falls

HRA – Police/Fire

546.00

100389

City of Int’l Falls

Health Insurance – 49ers

304.00 

100390

Grant DeBenedet, Sec/Treas 

C.O.P.S. 

120.00 

100391

IAMAW District W33 

Union Dues 

1,510.00

100392

Intl Falls Ambulance Service 

Dues 

168.00

100393

Int’l Operating Engineers 49ers 

Union Dues 

804.50

100394

I.U.O.E. Local 49ers 

Health Reimbursement

200.00

100395

MN Revenue

Wage Assignment

395.15 

100396 

MN Benefit Association

Supplemental Life Insurance

20.43

100397

MN Child Support Payment Center

Wage Assignment 

362.15

100398

MN Department of Revenue 

State Withholding 

7,312.86

100399

Empower Retirement

Deferred Comp 

6,492.00

100400

PERA 

Life Insurance 

80.00

100401

PERA 

Retirement 

30,639.90

100402

    

AUDIENCE:

Ann Thompson from the Christmas Parade Committee shared that they will have a banner honoring the late Mayor Bob Anderson. The committee is looking for two volunteers to carry the banner in the parade. Mayor Droba and the Councilors stated they were all honored to be asked to carry the banner but they have all made prior commitments and are not available. City Administrator Anderson also stated that he would be honored to carry the banner but will be out of town. City Administrator Anderson will ask staff for two volunteers.

   

PUBLIC HEARING:

None.

   

OPENING BIDS: 

None.

   

OLD BUSINESS:

APPROVED removing from the table the Senior Center quotes for two furnace/air conditioner units

MOTION by Councilor Krause to approve removing from the table – Senior Center quotes for two furnace/air conditioner units. Motion seconded by Councilor Buller and carried unanimously.

   

APPROVED awarding Taylors Plumbing and Heating Inc., the company with the lowest quote, to complete the Senior Center heating and air conditioning work, payable from Gen. Govt. Bldgs., Fund 402, Capital Outlay

MOTION by Councilor Ditsch to award Shannon’s the heating and air conditioning work at the Senior Center. Motion died due to a lack of a second to the motion.

 

Motion by Councilor Krause to approve Taylors Plumbing and Heating, Inc., the company with the lowest quote to complete the Senior Center heating and air conditioning work. Building permit fees are to be waived and payable from Gen. Govt. Bldgs., Fund 402, Capital Outlay. Motion seconded by Councilor Buller. Motion passed 4-1 with Councilors Nelson, Krause, Buller, and Mayor Droba voting “yea,” and Councilor Ditsch voting “nay”.

   

APPROVED Addendum to Lease Agreement suspending lease agreement payments of $2,000 per year to the Senior Center until the costs of the heating and air conditioning units are fully reimbursed

MOTION by Councilor Buller approving Addendum to Lease Agreement and authorizing signatures suspending lease agreement payments of $2,000 per year to the Senior Center per year until the costs of the heating and air conditioning units are fully reimbursed. Motion seconded by Councilor Krause and carried unanimously.

   

CONSENT AGENDA: APPROVED as presented 

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

  • Approve 2020 license renewals, as presented
    • Curb Appeal Lawn Care – snowplow license
    • Forestland Sales & Service Inc. dba Pizza Barn – restaurant license
  • Approve travel expenses for City Administrator to attend the 2019 Baker Tilly Symposium on bonds, utility finance, and affordable housing, November 21, 2019, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN
  • Approve Resolution No.77-19, Public Employees Retirement Association Firefighter Engineer Declaration for Daniel M. P. Sweney

Motion seconded by Councilor Ditsch and carried unanimously.

   

NEW BUSINESS:

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

MOTION by Councilor Krause to approve year 2020 license renewals that may include tobacco and/or liquor applications, as presented.

  • Applegreen Midwest, LLC dba Freedom Valu Center #2325 – cigarette license, fireworks license, 3.2 off sale license, gasoline pumps license, and restaurant license
  • Applegreen Midwest, LLC dba Freedom Valu Center #2337 – cigarette license, 3.2 off sale license, gasoline pumps license, and restaurant license
  • Elk’s Club #1599 – club license, restaurant license, and Sunday liquor license
  • Family Dollar Store #30058 – cigarette license
  • Forestland Sales & Service Inc. – cigarette license and gasoline pumps license
  • Koerter’s Inc dba Koerter’s Amoco and Car Wash – cigarette license and gasoline pumps license

Motion seconded by Councilor Nelson and carried unanimously.

   

APPROVED December 2019 licenses for Orton Motor Inc. dba Orton’s International Falls Cenex (formerly Randy’s Tire and Auto Repair) – cigarette license and gasoline pumps license

MOTION by Councilor Buller to approve December 2019 licenses for Orton Motor Inc. dba Orton’s International Falls Cenex (formerly Randy’s Tire and Auto Repair) – cigarette license and gasoline pumps license. Motion seconded by Councilor Krause and carried unanimously.

   

APPROVED year 2020 licenses for Orton Motor Inc. dba Orton’s International Falls Cenex (formerly Randy’s Tire and Auto Repair) – cigarette license and gasoline pumps license

MOTION by Councilor Krause to approve year 2020 licenses for Orton Motor Inc. dba Orton’s International Falls Cenex (formerly Randy’s Tire and Auto Repair) – cigarette license and gasoline pumps license. Motion seconded by Councilor Ditsch and carried unanimously.


 

   

APPROVED 2020 annual renewal of group Dental Insurance #023772 with Ameritas Life Insurance Corporation

MOTION by Councilor Nelson to approve 2020 annual renewal of group Dental Insurance #023772 with Ameritas Life Insurance Corporation. Motion seconded by Councilor Buller and carried unanimously.

   

APPROVED Resolution No. 78-19 Authorization to Execute Minnesota Department of Transportation Grant Agreement #1035759 for Airport Improvements Excluding Land Acquisition

City Administrator Anderson shared the recommendation from the Airport Commission authorizing execution of Minnesota Department of Transportation “Airport Improvement Grant Excluding Land Acquisition”.

 

MOTION by Councilor Buller to approve Resolution No. 78-19 Authorization to Execute Minnesota Department of Transportation Grant Agreement #1035759 for Airport Improvements Excluding Land Acquisition and authorize signatures. Motion seconded by Councilor Ditsch and carried unanimously.

   

APPROVED
purchase from Stryker of 4G modems (4) in the amount of $2,892 to update Physio Monitors in Ambulances, payable from Ambulance Fund 201, Automation

MOTION by Councilor Buller to approve purchase from Stryker of 4G modems (4) in the amount of $2,892 to update Physio Monitors in Ambulances, payable from Ambulance Fund 201, Automation. Motion seconded by Councilor Krause and carried unanimously.

   

APPROVED Mayor’s recommended appointments to the “Charter Commission of the City of International Falls, MN” for submittal to the Chief Judge for approval

MOTION by Councilor Ditsch approving Mayor’s recommended appointments to the “Charter Commission of the City of International Falls, MN” for submittal to the Chief Judge for approval.

Term January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2022

New Appointments

  • Pete Kalar
  • Sandra Thompson
  • Kristina Huffaker
  • Nikki Silvers
  • Doug Franchot
  • Sabrina Etienne
  • Janelle Peterson

Re-Appointments

  • Romona Johnson

Term January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2020

New Appointments

  • Cynthia Jaksa
  • Duane Etienne

Motion seconded by Councilor Nelson and carried unanimously.

   

OTHER BUSINESS: 

None.

   

REPORTS:

Reports of the Administrator, Attorney, and Department Heads 

City Administrator Anderson shared that the High School received a threat on November 18, 2019. Both schools have been evacuated for the day. Anderson also shared that the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission approved the City of International Falls letter of intent for the federal Transportation Alternatives grant. The grant application is due January 31, 2020.

 

City Attorney Steve Shermoen stated that the annexation process will conclude soon.

   

Reports of Mayor and Council Committees 

Mayor Droba shared that he was a guest of the Servants of Shelter. No words can describe the amazing people that are temporarily housed in the shelter. He also shared that K-Mart is currently getting quotes to refurbish the building and parking lot. The Woodmont Company shared that they have received several retailers that are interested in a spot in the building.

   

AUDIENCE 

Todd Ojala shared that Small Town Tech has donated a computer to Servants of Shelter. Todd is donating his services to setup the computer so they have access to the internet.

   

ADJOURNMENT 

Mayor Droba reminded everyone that a Special City Council meeting on variance is scheduled for Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 6:30 P.M. The next regular City Council meeting is Monday, December 2, 2019 at 4:30 P.M. A Public Input meeting on 2020 Budget and Levy is Monday, December 2, 2019 at 6:00 P.M. and the Planning Commission Public Hearing on Comprehensive Plan is Monday, December 2, 2019 at 6:30 P.M. The Mayor adjourned the meeting at 5:20 P.M.

 

                    

ATTEST: Harley M. Droba, Mayor

                        

Kenneth R. Anderson, City Administrator

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