Lester Prairie City Council Minutes

December 8, 2008
Pursuant to public and posted notice of the time change, the Lester Prairie City Council met in regular session on Monday, December 8, 2008. Mayor Heimerl called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.
At 6:30 p.m., Mayor Heimerl announced he was closing the public meeting under State Statute 13D.05 to conduct an employee performance review. At 7:10 p.m., Mayor Heimerl recessed the meeting until Monday, January 12th, 2009, at 6:00 p.m.
At 7:15 p.m., Mayor Heimerl reconvened the public portion of the meeting.
Mayor Heimerl announced that the City Council will meet again in closed session on Monday, January 12th, 2009 from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. to continue the employee performance review.
Motion - Mallak; Second - Hoof; Carried - Unanimously; To accept and approve the November Minutes as submitted.
Motion - Foust; Second - Mallak; Carried - Unanimously; To accept and approve the November Treasurer’s Report as submitted.
Motion - Hoof; Second - Foust; Carried - Unanimously; To allow Councilmembers wishing to attend the Conference for Newly Elected Officials to do so.
Motion - Foust; Second - Mallak; Carried - Unanimously; To inform the City of Mayer that the fee for bio-solids will increase to .08 per gallon effective January 1, 2009.
Motion - Hoof; Second - Mallak; Carried - Unanimously; To have Hydro Engineering of Young America acid, blow and disinfect the #2 water well at the estimated cost of $8,938.75.
Motion - Hoof; Second - Mallak; Carried - Unanimously; To make the following 2009 budget cuts: General Fund - capital outlay $5,000.00; City Hall Fund - capital outlay $2,000.00; Maintenance Department - purchase of property and equipment $5,000.00; Park Fund - $21,000.00 from capital outlay, $1,500.00 from trees, and $5,000.00 from utilities.
Motion - Hoof; Second - Mallak; Carried - Unanimously; To adopt the 2009 budget as adjusted.
Councilmember Hoof introduced the following resolution and moved for its adoption: RESOLUTION NO. 46-08 A RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING THE 2009 LEVY. The foregoing motion was duly seconded by Councilmember Mallak and following discussion thereon, a vote was taken. Mayor Heimerl declared Resolution No. 46-08 adopted by a unanimous vote this 8th day of December, 2008.
Motion - Foust; Second - Hoof; Carried - Unanimously; To authorize Clerk Pawelk to pay the 2008 claims as received in December, 2008.
Councilmember Mallak introduced the following ordinance and moved for its adoption: ORDINANCE NO. 281 AN ORDINANCE GRANTING CENTERPOINT ENERGY RESOURCES CORP., d/b/a CENTERPOINT ENERGY MINNESOTA GAS (“CENTERPOINT ENERGY”), ITS SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS, A NONEXCLUSIVE FRANCHISE TO CONSTRUCT, OPERATE, REPAIR AND MAINTAIN FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENT FOR THE TRANSPORTATION, DISTRIBUTION, MANUFACTURE AND SALE OF GAS ENERGY FOR PUBLIC AND PRIVATE USE AND TO USE THE PUBLIC WAYS AND GROUNDS OF THE CITY OF LESTER PRAIRIE, MCLEOD COUNTY, MINNESOTA, FOR SUCH PURPOSE; AND, PRESCRIBING CERTAIN TERMS AND CONDITIONS THEREOF AMENDING CHAPTER 2, SPECIFICALLY SECTION 2.2 OF THE LESTER PRAIRIE MUNICIPAL CODE The foregoing motion was duly seconded by Councilmember Hoof and following discussion thereon, a vote was taken. Mayor Heimerl declared Ordinance No. 281 adopted by a unanimous vote this 8th day of December, 2008.
Motion - Hoof; Second - Mallak; Carried - Unanimously; To give the following pay increases for 2009: a 4% wage increase for the fulltime employees and permanent part-time employees and a $ .25 per hour pay increase for part-time police officers and part-time maintenance personnel.
Motion - Foust; Second - Mallak; Carried - Unanimously; To authorize Clerk Pawelk to make the following investments in Certificates of Deposits: $12,000.00 certificate for park fencing, add $45,000.00 to the street improvements certificate, $10,000.00 for a street equipment certificate, $75,000.00 for an administration building/land certificate; add $40,000.00 to the maintenance building certificate, add $10,000.00 to the storm sewer certificate, $30,000.00 for maintenance equipment certificate, add $15,000.00 to a city hall certificate.
Councilmember Mallak introduced the following resolution and moved for its adoption: RESOLUTION NO. 47-08 A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING ACCEPTANCE OF A TRAFFIC SAFETY AWARD The foregoing motion was duly seconded by Councilmember Hoof and following discussion thereon, a vote was taken. Mayor Heimerl declared Resolution No. 47-08 adopted by a unanimous vote this 8th day of December, 2008.
Councilmember Hoof introduced the following resolution and moved for its adoption: RESOLUTION NO. 44-08 A RESOLUTION REGULATING DRUG AND ALCOHOL USE AND ESTABLISHING A POLICY The foregoing motion was duly seconded by Councilmember Foust and following discussion thereon, a vote was taken. Mayor Heimerl declared Resolution No. 44-08 adopted by a unanimous vote this 8th day of December, 2008.
Councilmember Hoof introduced the following resolution and moved for its adoption: RESOLUTION NO. 45-08 A RESOLUTION REGULATING DRUG AND ALCOHOL USE TESTING POLICY The foregoing motion was duly seconded by Councilmember Mallak and following discussion thereon, a vote was taken. Mayor Heimerl declared Resolution No. 45.08 adopted by a unanimous vote this 8th day of December, 2008.
Motion - Hoof; Second - Mallak; Carried - Unanimously; To accept the donation from the Fire Department Relief Association, of a suction machine, to be used by the Fire Department.
Motion - Mallak; Second - Messer; Carried - Unanimously; To authorize internet service be installed at the maintenance garage with the cost not to exceed $35.00 per month.
Motion - Foust; Second - Hoof; Carried - Unanimously; To pay the claims as submitted.
Mayor Heimerl adjourned the meeting at 9:05 p.m.
Marilyn L. Pawelk City Clerk-Treasurer
The above is a summary version of the December 8, 2008, Lester Prairie City Council Minutes. Items not included in the above report are notices, communications, reports, complaints, resolutions and ordinances in detail. The Minutes may be viewed at the City Clerk’s Office during normal business hours.
Published in the Herald Journal Dec. 15, 2008.


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