Lester Prairie City Council Minutes

LESTER PRAIRIE CITY COUNCIL
December 13, 2011
Pursuant to public notice of a Truth in Taxation Public Hearing, the Lester Prairie City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, December 13, 2011. Mayor Heimerl called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
Mayor Heimerl opened the Truth in Taxation Public Hearing at 7:00 p.m. Clerk Pawelk provided information regarding the Homestead Tax Credit law change, the shift in tax burden to the non-homestead properties, the decrease in market value, the increase in the tax rate, the loss of market value credit to the City and past reductions in the City’s budgets.
Mayor Heimerl asked if anyone in attendance wished to ask questions or wanted to speak. There was no public input or comments.
Mayor Heimerl closed the public hearing at 7:12 p.m.
Motion – Foust; Second – Messer; Carried – Unanimously; To accept and approve the November Minutes as submitted.
Motion – Mallak; Second – Angvall; Carried – Unanimously; To accept and approve the November Treasurer’s Report as submitted.
Motion – Angvall; Second – Mallak; Carried – Unanimously; To authorize and/or issue the following licenses for 2012: Off Sale – Prairie Liquor Cabinet, Dodge House and One Eyed Willy’s; On Sale, Sunday Liquor, Entertainment and (3) Coin Device Machines to both the Dodge House and One Eyed Willy’s.
Motion – Angvall; Second – Foust; Carried – Unanimously; To authorize Clerk Pawelk to pay any and all 2011 claims submitted prior to the end of December.
General consensus was to not make any adjustments in the sanitation rates as approved during November’s meeting.
General consensus of the City Council was that once the ground froze, Darian Litzau should repair the grass waterway ditch area to resolve the drainage and standing water issue on Mr. Ehrke’s property.
Motion – Heimerl; Second – Mallak; Carried – Unanimously; To authorize Darian Litzau of Litzau Excavating to mow the brush around the storm water ponds in East Park Estates and Prairie Ridge at the total cost of $650.00.
General consensus of the City Council was to proceed with the preliminary plans (for the turnback project) as discussed.
Motion – Heimerl Second – Messer; Carried – Unanimously; To enter into an agreement with Kahnke Brothers Inc. from Victoria for the spring opening and fall winterization of the sprinkler systems at the downtown park and city hall at the cost of $440.00.
Motion – Foust; Second – Messer; Carried – Unanimously; To enter into an Assessment Agreement with McLeod County for 2012 in the amount of $8,369.00.
Mayor Heimerl introduced the following resolution and moved for its adoption: RESOLUTION NO. 40-11 A RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING THE 2012 LEVY The foregoing motion was duly seconded by Councilman Foust and following discussion thereon, a vote was taken. Mayor Heimerl declared Resolution No. 40-11 adopted by a unanimous vote this 13th day of December.
Motion – Angvall; Second – Foust; Carried – Unanimously; To make the changes as recommended and adopt the final 2012 budget accordingly.
Motion – Angvall; Second – None; Motion – died for lack of a second; To give a 1% pay increase to employees.
Motion – Angvall; Second – Messer; Carried – Unanimously; To set aside $5,000.00 from the 2011 Park Budget capital outlay with it’s designation to be determined within three months.
Motion – Messer; Second – Foust; Carried – Unanimously; To pay the claims as submitted.
Mayor Heimerl adjourned the meeting at 10:01 p.m.
Marilyn L. Pawelk
City Clerk-Treasurer
The above is a summary version of the Lester Prairie City Council Minutes from December 13, 2011. The following items are not included in the above report, notices, communications, reports, complaints, discussions with T Mobile Representatives, property at 100 Maple Street South, a request from Mediacom to begin franchise renewal negotiations, recommended budget and levy reductions, concerns regarding the Park Board and the field lighting project. The Minutes may be viewed in their entirety at the City Clerk’s Office during normal business hours.
Published in the Herald Journal Dec. 19, 2011.


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