Lester Prairie City Council Minutes

Lester Prairie City Council
December 14, 2010
Pursuant to public notice regarding a time change, the Lester Prairie City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, December 14, 2010. Mayor Heimerl called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.
Mayor Heimerl opened the Truth in Taxation Public Hearing. Clerk Pawelk reviewed the proposed levy information, the taxing district information received from McLeod County and presented information regarding the 2011 budget and levy. She noted the levy is proposed at a 1.93% increase that would result in an additional levy of $12,174.00.
Those in attendance wishing to speak were allowed to do so.
Mayor Heimerl closed the hearing at 6:12 p.m.
General consensus of the City Council was for Clerk Pawelk to discuss Mr. Birkholz’ concerns regarding his land valuation with McLeod County Assessor however, that meeting is held in early spring and there is little that can be done at this time of year. Regarding the taxes, City would not be able to do anything to lower the taxes unless they substantially decreased the levy.
Motion – Mallak; Second – Foust; Carried – Unanimously; To accept and approve the November Minutes as submitted.
Motion – Hoof; Second- Messer; Carried – Unanimously; To accept and approve the November Treasurer’s Report as submitted.
Motion – Hoof; Second – Foust; Carried – Unanimously; To not raise the $ .08/gallon fee for bio-solid disposal from cities Carver, Greenfield and Mayer for 2011.
General consensus of the City Council was to delay any action regarding the industrial waste disposal until the January meeting.
Mayor Heimerl introduced the following resolution and moved for its adoption: RESOLUTION NO. 26-10 A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE SALE OF A 1992 CHEVROLET TRUCK & 8’ WESTERN PLOW The foregoing motion was duly seconded by Councilmember Mallak and following discussion thereon, a vote was taken. Mayor Heimerl declared Resolution No. 26-10 adopted by a unanimous vote this 14th day of December, 2010.
Councilman Hoof introduced the following resolution and moved for its adoption: RESOLUTION NO. 27-10 A RESOLUTION ALLOWING THE SALE OF A 1992 CHEVROLET 4X4 PICKUP AND 8’ REVERSIBLE WESTERN PLOW The foregoing motion was duly seconded by Councilmember Messer and following discussion thereon, a vote was taken. Mayor Heimerl declared Resolution No. 27-10 adopted by a unanimous vote this 14th day of December, 2010.
Motion – Mallak; Second – Foust; Carried – Unanimously; To enter into an agreement with McLeod County for road maintenance services as outlined in the agreement.
Motion – Foust; Second – Hoof; Carried – Unanimously; To adopted the 2011 budget as proposed.
Councilmember Hoof introduced the following resolution and moved for its adoption: RESOLUTION NO. 28-10 A RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING THE 2011 LEVY The foregoing motion was duly seconded by Councilmember Messer and following discussion thereon, a vote was taken. Mayor Heimerl declared Resolution No. 28-10 adopted by a unanimous vote this 14th day of December, 2010.
General consensus of the City Council was for Mr. Saulsbury to continue working on the projects and bring additional information to the January meeting.
Councilmember Messer introduced the following resolution and moved for its adoption: RESOLUTION NO. 29-10 Minnesota Public Facilities Authority Application Drinking Water Revolving Fund RESOLUTION OF APPLICATION The foregoing motion was duly seconded by Councilmember Hoof and following discussion thereon, a vote was taken. Mayor Heimerl declared Resolution No. 29-10 adopted by a unanimous vote this 14th day of December, 2010.
Motion – Hoof; Second – Messer; Carried – To give full time City employees a 4% wage increase effective the first full pay period of January, 2011.
Motion – Hoof; Second – Messer; Carried – To increase the permanent part-time employee’s wages 4% effective the first full pay period in January, 2011.
Motion – Heimerl; Second – Foust; Carried – Unanimously; To allow employee Bob Carlson continue in the position for part-time snow removal and to hire Jason Schermann of Lester Prairie at the rate of $12.50 per hour to assist with snow removal. Approval is also given for Paul Christenson and Larry Hoof to be used as reserve part-time snow removal staff.
Mayor Heimerl introduced the following resolution and moved for its adoption: RESOLUTION NO. 30-10 The foregoing motion was duly seconded by Councilmember Messer and following discussion thereon, a vote was taken. Mayor Heimerl declared Resolution No. 30-10 adopted by a unanimous vote this 14th day of December, 2010.
Motion – Hoof; Second – Messer; Carried – Unanimously; To authorize and issue the following 2011 licenses: Cents Pizza & More LLC – 6 coin device machines; Prairie Liquor Cabinet LLC – Off Sale Liquor License; Dan & Dawn Inc. dba as Dodge House – On Sale Liquor License, Sunday Liquor License, Entertainment, Off Sale Liquor License and coin device machines; Nathan Buska dba One Eyed Willy’s – On Sale Liquor License, Sunday Liquor License, Entertainment, Off Sale Liquor License and 4 Coin device machines.
Motion – Foust; Second – Hoof; Carried – Unanimously; To authorize the transfer of $86.14 from the General Fund to the TIF District to clear out the negative balance and close the fund.
Motion – Messer; Second – Foust; Carried – Unanimously; To earmark and put into certificates from the Park Fund $5,000.00 for the field lighting project and $2,500.00 for the Frisbee golf course, using the $1,000.00 that had been donated from McLeod County for the Frisbee golf course project, and the remainder from the Park Fund.
Motion – Hoof; Second – Messer; Carried – Unanimously; To allow the following be added to current certificates: $15,000.00 from the Storm Sewer Department and $15,000.00 from the Water Fund.
Councilmember Hoof introduced the following ordinance and moved for its adoption: ORDINANCE NO. 291 AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE WATER RATES IN THE CITY OF LESTER PRAIRIE AND AMENDING THE MUNICIPAL CODE ACCORDINGLY The foregoing motion was duly seconded by Councilmember Messer and following discussion thereon, a vote was taken. Mayor Heimerl declared Ordinance No. 291 adopted by a unanimous vote this 14th day of December, 2010.
General consensus of the City Council was for Clerk Pawelk to contact Mr. Braband and decline the offer from Glencoe Regional Health Services to sell the City the clinic building at 28 Hickory Street North for $1.00.
Motion – Heimerl; Second – Hoof; Carried – Unanimously; To authorize Clerk Pawelk to pay any and all claims for 2010 as submitted in the month of December.
Motion – Hoof; Second – Messer; Carried – Unanimously; To enter into a Seasonal Pole Use License Agreement with Northern States Power Company dba: Xcel Energy.
Motion – Heimerl; Second – Messer; Carried – To appoint Brian Duncan and Larry Hoof to the Planning & Zoning Commission with their terms ending December, 2012 and to appoint Tamara Vergin and Sandra Adams-Bruins for one year terms to fill vacancies that expire December 31, 2011.
Motion – Hoof; Second – Mallak; Carried – Unanimously; To pay the claims as submitted.
Mayor Heimerl adjourned the meeting at 8 p.m.
Marilyn L. Pawelk
City Clerk-Treasurer
The above is a summary version of the December 14, 2010 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, complaints, discussions, detailed resolutions and ordinance.
Published in the Herald Journal Dec. 20, 2010.


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