Thursday, March 4, 2021 @ 7:00 PM
Mayor Schwarzbach called the meeting to order.
Council members present: Colby Baumgarn. Jon Sheehy and Rich Jespersen in person.
Staff Present: Larry Geyer, Public Works and Wendy Kleinsasser, clerk.
Public: Lorrie Merrill, Luke LaLiberty, KLJ, via Zoom, Dennis Hale
Approval of Meeting Minutes: Rich Jespersen moved to approve the February minutes. Rich Jespersen seconded; motion passed.
Sheriff’s Report: Nothing to report from Dennis Hale.
Pivot: 406 Ag needs to be called to begin soil samples.
Public Comment: None.
Pool Report: Luke LaLiberty presented the council with Task Order #1. This is to do the concept design for the pool and is trying to keep costs low. Step one will be surveying and platting, as well as geotechnical work. It was suggested the town could contract directly with the company. That cost will be removed from the Task Order. Also included in this order will be 2 suggested layouts. There was also discussion of having a 3-D rendering to use as a fundraising tool, as well as discussion about the zero entry concept. The pool architect would prefer a ramp, but the committee and the council would prefer the zero entry for our handicapped, elderly and small children. KLJ would like a meeting with the pool committee to kick things off. The mayor asked about the timing of the billing. The first invoice would be sent the end of April 2021. Rich Jespersen moved to accept the Task Order, with the amendment removing the cost of the geotechnical work. Colby Baumgarn seconded and the motion passed.
KLJ: Luke LaLiberty reported that the storm drain project is on hold until the Legislature votes on funding. NorthCentral water is moving on design. Progress depends on funding.
Bear Paw Development: Nothing new on the brownfield project. Rich will try to get in touch with Sue Brurud again.
First Reading of Resolutions 2021-09 and 2021-10: Rich Jespersen moved to approve moving forward with Resolution 2021-09; Repealing and adopting the new water ordinance. Jon Sheehy seconded and the motion passed unanimously on a rollcall vote. Jon Sheehy moved to approve moving forward with Resolution 2021-10, amending the existing sewer ordinance. Colby Baumgarn seconded and the motion passed unanimously on a rollcall vote.
Acceptance of Resignation from Council: Rich Jespersen moved to accept the resignation of Darin Ray from Ward 2. Colby Baumgarn seconded; motion passed.
Vacant Council position: Krystyl Kulbeck was appointed as interim council member, with Colby Baumgarn making the motion and Jon Sheehy seconding. Motion passed. She will have to file to run for the seat. Filing can take place from April 22 through June 21.
Claim Approval for March and April claims: Rich Jespersen moved that the council be able to approve claims for those months via e-mail, due to the early dates of those meetings. Colby Baumgarn seconded and the motion passed.
Junk Ordinance: Nothing new. Rich has contacted the town’s attorney but has not had a reply.
Committee Reports: The clerk reported on the Bear Paw Development annual meeting.
Mayor Report: None.
Public Works: Larry Geyer told the council that his son is taking part of the school’s co-op program and is helping public works. The clerk will contact the town’s insurer as to any liability issues. Rich Jespersen moved to approve. Jon Sheehy seconded. Motion passed.
* The shut off list was distributed
* The correspondence was distributed. The clerk reported on the NCL service line warrantee. The council decided to take a pass. She also presented the council with prices of a safe and a filing cabinet. Jon Sheehy moved to approve the purchases; Rich Jespersen seconded.
Claims: Colby Baumgarn moved to accept the claims. Jon Shhey seconded and the motion passed.
General Journal Voucher: Colby Baumgarn moved to approve JV 2021-08, Jon Sheehy seconded; motion passed.
Any Business to be brought before the Council:
The next meeting regular meeting will be April 1, and another meeting will be held April 8 for the second reading of resolutions 2021-09 and 2021-10.
Rich Jesperson moved to adjourn. Jon Sheehy seconded. Motion passed.