Thursday, April 7, 2022 @ 7:00 PM
Mayor Schwarzbach called the meeting to order
Council members present: Colby Baumgarn, Jon Sheehy, Rich Jespersen and Krystyl Kulbeck
Staff present: Tim LaBuda, Leslie Gregory (pool manager) and Wendy Kleinsasser
Public: Raymond Courtnage, Pat and Dan Matthew, David Schwarzbach, Rod Counrtnage, Adele Otto, Charlie Foussard, Ron Otto, Bob And Diane Scalese, Renee Hansen, Marilyn Swanson, Clete Ophus. Chuck Williams, KLJ, RossHeupel, American Legal, Julea Robbins, BPD, via Zoom
Approval of Meeting Minutes: Rich Jespersen moved to approve both March meeting minutes. Colby Baumgarn seconded. Motion passed.
Sheriff’s Report: No report
Pivot: Fertilizer costs look to be in the $6,000.00 range. The landowner is considering mixing barley in with the alfalfa due the possible lack of available water. He is looking into things with 406 Ag.
Public Comment: None
New Pool report: No new information.
KLJ: Chuck said he was contacting ACME for a firm timeline and how they plan to proceed with the project. He was told that the town needs at least a two week heads up in order for the businesses to make their arrangements for parking. It appears that only one block at a time will be affected. Had not heard anything about the competitive grant yet.
NorthCentral Water: They are requesting adding to the easement in order to have the building done so that it can hold all of the treatment system. Rich Jespersen moved to approve signing the easement; Jon Sheehy seconded and the motion passed.
Bear Paw Development Julea Robbins from Bear Paw Development attended the meeting on Zoom. There is a $27,000.00 increase in the storm drain project due to change orders by KLJ. She told the council that $10,000 can be moved from contingency, with an increase of the town’s share of $17,000.00. Jon Sheehy moved that we use ARPA A & B funds to make up the shortfall, using the A funds last. Krystyl Kulbeck seconded and the motion passed.
Colby Baumgarn offered the council his resignation as council person from Ward 2. Rich Jespersen moved to accept it and Krystyl Kulbeck seconded; the motion passed. Jon Sheehy offered his resignation from Ward 1. Rich Jespersen moved to accept it and Krystyl Kulbeck seconded. Motion passed. Krystyl Kulbeck moved to appoint Danielle Weaver as council person for Ward 1, replacing Jon Sheehy. Rich Jespersen seconded, motion passed. Jon Sheehy was then appointed council person for Ward 2.
Codification: Ross Heupel from American Legal presented a bid to the council to update the town’s code book at a cost of $4,800.00, with an annual fee of $500.00 for maintenance and updates on line, beginning the second year. .Rich Jespersen moved to accept the bid. Jon Sheehy seconded; motion passed.
Matthew culvert: Dan and Pat Matthew requested permission to install a culvert to help with drainage on their property. Rich Jespersen moved to grant the request, Danielle Weaver seconded and the motion passed.
Mehlhoff account: Bob Mehlhoff was billed for a replacement meter after the one in his rental froze. The council denied his request at this time and would like him to put his reasoning on paper to be presented to the council.
Hand dryer quote: The clerk received a quote for two hands free dryers for the rest area bathrooms. Part of the funding will come from MTD and the balance from the Lippard-Clawiter grant. Jon Sheehy moved to allow the clerk to order the dryers. Danielle Weaver seconded; motion passed.
Rest Area wish list: The clerk put together a list of expenses to turn into MTD, which included the tree removal and trimming done in March. Krystyl Kulbeck moved to approve the list, Rich Jespersen seconded; motion passed
Old Hotel: Still waiting on Jeff Myers to sign over the deed. Nothing new to report.
Noise issue: MTD has been contacted regarding signage.
Junk Ordinance: The new ordinance was received from the town attorney. Rich Jespersen went over it, answered questions and a date for the public first reading was set for April 21 at 7:00 p.m. Another will be held in May and information will be in the Mountaineer.
Committee Reports: None
Mayor Report: None
Public Works: Nothing new to report.
• The shut off list was distributed.
• The correspondence was distributed.
• Clerk: The shut off list was distributed.
Claims: Rich Jespersen moved to approve the claims. Krystyl Kulbeck seconded and the motion passed.
General Journal Voucher: Rich Jespersen moved to accept JV 2022-09. Danielle Weaver seconded; motion passed.
Any Business to be brought before the Council: Clete Ophus had questions regarding the cameras on the front of city hall and concerns about the dump.
Krystyl Kulbeck moved to adjourn.