Lester Prairie City Council Minutes

Lester Prairie City Council
December 8, 2009
Pursuant to public notice of the time change, the Lester Prairie City met in regular session on Tuesday, December 8, 2009. Mayor Heimerl called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.
At 6:30 p.m., Mayor Heimerl opened the Truth in Taxation public hearing. Clerk Pawelk presented information regarding the 2010 budget and levy. She noted the levy is proposed at a 6.36% increase. She also provided information regarding the variances in the levy between 2009 and 2010 and that the increase would result in an additional levy of $ 37,500.00. Tax rate calculations for the City were also provided and it was mentioned that the City did not increase the levy at all in 2009.
Mayor Heimerl opened discussion up to those in attendance.
Mayor Heimerl closed the public hearing at 7:02 p.m.
Motion – Mallak; Second – Hoof; Carried – Unanimously; To accept and approve the November Minutes as submitted.
Motion - Mallak; Second – Messer; Carried – Unanimously; To accept and approve the November Treasurer’s Report as submitted.
General consensus of the City Council was for Engineer Saulsbury to continue discussions with McLeod County regarding the possible turnback of a portion of CSAH 23.
Councilmember Foust introduced the following resolution and moved for its adoption: RESOLUTION NO. 25-09 A RESOLUTION APPOINTING BOLTON & MENK, INC. TO PROVIDE ENGINEERING SERVICES TO THE CITY OF LESTER PRAIRIE The foregoing motion was duly seconded by Councilmember Hoof and following discussion there on, a vote was taken. Mayor Heimerl declared Resolution No. 25-09 adopted by a unanimous vote this 8th day of December, 2009.
Motion – Mallak; Second – Mallak; Carried – Unanimously: To approve the issuance of an Off Sale Intoxicating License to Dan & Dawn Inc. dba as the Dodge House and to Nathan Buska, dba as One Eyed Willy’s LLC. To issue the following permits: On Sale Intoxicating Liquor License, Sunday Liquor License, Entertainment License to Dan & Dawn Inc. dba as the Dodge House and to Nathan Buska, dba as One Eyed Willy’s LLC.. To issue Coin Device License to Dan & Dawn Inc. dba as the Dodge House for 3 machines and to Nathan Buska, dba as One Eyed Willy’s LLC for 6 machines.
Councilmember Hoof introduced the following resolution and moved for its adoption: RESOLUTION NO. 23-09 A RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING THE 2010 LEVY The foregoing motion was duly seconded by Councilmember Messer and following discussion thereon, a vote was taken. Mayor Heimerl declared Resolution No. 23-09 adopted by a unanimous vote this 8th day of December, 2009.
Motion – Mallak; Second – Foust; Carried – Unanimously; To adopted the 2010 budget as prepared.
Motion – Hoof; Second – Foust; Motion – Failed; To adopt an ordinance providing for the regulation of portable toilets that included the requirement of a permit.
Motion – Hoof; Second – Messer; Carried – Unanimously to have the Planning & Zoning Commission hold a public hearing at their January 5th, 2010 meeting regarding an amendment to the Zoning Ordinance, as it relates to land use and corner lot vision obstructions, and to use the draft that included the immediate removal of mobile objects within the 25’ restricted area.
Motion – Heimerl; Second – Messer; Carried – Unanimously; To grant a $.50 per hour wage increase to Preston Voigt, effective the first pay period of 2010, and upon positive completion of his probation.
Motion – Heimerl; Second – Mallak; Carried – Unanimously; To table further discussion concerning employee wages and benefits until the March meeting. At that point, some information should have been received concerning the extent of Local Government Aid cuts.
Motion – Hoof; Second – Foust; Carried – Unanimously; To adopt Chapter 31 of the Lester Prairie Police Policy & Procedure Manual, providing for Predatory Offender Registration and Community Notification.
Motion – Foust; Second – Hoof; Carried – Unanimously; To waive all service charge fees for the property at 107 Hickory Street North until, if and when, a new structure is built on the property.
Mayor Heimerl introduced the following resolution and moved for its adoption: RESOLUTION NO. 24-09 A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING ACCEPTANCE OF A TRAFFIC SAFETY AWARD The foregoing motion was duly seconded by Councilman Messer and following discussion thereon, a vote was taken. Mayor Heimerl declared Resolution No. 24-09 adopted by a unanimous vote this 8th day of December, 2009.
Motion – Hoof; Second – Mallak; Carried – Unanimously; To authorize the replacement of the hydrant, when weather permits, located at Second Avenue North and Oak Street at the cost of $ 4,150.00.
General consensus of the City Council was for Councilmember Messer to check further into holiday pole decorations and perhaps get some samples for sizing, style, etc.
General consensus of the City Council was to have the regulation sign for the downtown park contain the full regulations and to take it back to the Park Board.
Motion – Mallak; Second - Hoof; Carried – Unanimously; To authorize the City Clerk to pay any and all 2009 claims received prior to year end.
Motion – Foust; Second – Hoof; Carried – Unanimously; To pay the claims as submitted.
Mayor Heimerl adjourned the meeting at 9:30 p.m.
Marilyn L. Pawelk
City Clerk-Treasurer
The above is a summary version of the December 8, 2009, Lester Prairie City Council Minutes. The Minutes may be viewed in their entirety at the City Clerk’s Office during normal business hours. Items not included in the above report are notices, communications, reports, discussions on PeopleService contract renewal, building inspector appointment, re-roofing of city buildings due to hail damage, downtown park signage & lighting, and a request to hold a private summer fun event.
Published in the Herald Journal Dec. 14, 2009.


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