Lester Prairie City Council Minutes

Lester Prairie City Council
December 10, 2013
Pursuant to public notice of time change, the Lester Prairie City Council met on Tuesday, December 10, 2013. Mayor Heimerl called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.
The purpose of said time change was to hold the Truth in Taxation Public Hearing.
At 6:30 p.m., Mayor Heimerl called the meeting to order and opened the Truth in Taxation Public Hearing. Clerk Pawelk informed those in attendance the proposed levy was at .003% and considered flat. She said the City is suppose to be receiving an additional $65,649.00 in Local Government Aid and effective January 1, the City will be tax exempt. That is estimated to be a $13,837 in savings. She noted there is a proposed overall budget decrease in expenditures in the amount of $349,294.00 however, there were only two notable areas of increase. One is in the Economic Development Fund for a feasibility study and trees for the railroad property. The other is $ 10,000.00 budgeted to stone repairs in the Cemetery. She said most residential property saw decreases in their taxes and that the shift and increase of taxes to commercial and manufacturing property was not a result of something the City has done nor does the City have control over the distributions. She reminded the City Council that if they do reduce the budget or levy, they need to make the determination as to where those cuts are to be taken from.
There was no public input received either written or orally.
Councilman Angvall disagreed with the Clerk’s statements and said the City’s budget and levy has an effect on the commercial and manufacturing properties.
Discussion took place.
Mayor Heimerl closed the public hearing at 6:45 p.m.
Motion – Foust; Second – Messer; Carried – Unanimously; To accept and approve the November Minutes as submitted.
Motion – Adams-Bruins; Second – Angvall; Carried – Unanimously; To accept and approve the November Treasurer’s Report.
Councilmember Angvall introduced the following resolution and moved for its adoption: RESOLUTION NO. 34-13 A RESOLUTION ADOPTING ASSESSMENT FOR UNPAID BILLS The foregoing motion was duly seconded by Councilman Messer and following discussion thereon, a vote was taken. Mayor Heimerl declared Resolution 34-13 adopted by a unanimous vote this 10th day of December, 2013.
Councilman Angvall introduced the following resolution and moved for its adoption: RESOLUTION NO. 37-13 A RESOLUTION CERTIFYING THE REMEDIATION COSTS AND FEES BY THE COUNTY AUDITOR FOR THE PROPERTY LOCATED AT 62 FIRST AVENUE NORTH, LESTER PRAIRIE, MINNESOTA The foregoing motion was duly seconded by Councilman Messer and following discussion thereon, a vote was taken. Mayor Heimerl declared Resolution 37-13 adopted by a unanimous vote this 10th day of December, 2013.
Motion - Angvall; Second – Adams-Bruins; Carried – Unanimously; To approve the following licenses for 2014: Off Sale Liquor – Prairie Liquor Cabinet, Dodge House and One Eyed Willy’s. On Sale Liquor – One Eyed Willy’s and Dodge House; Entertainment – One Eyed Willy’s and Dodge House; Coin Device Machines – One Eyed Willy’s (4) and Dodge House (3).
Councilman Foust introduced the following Ordinance and moved for its adoption: ORDINANCE NO. 310 AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE CEMETERY RATES IN THE CITY OF LESTER PRAIRIE AND AMENDING THE MUNICIPAL CODE ACCORDINGLY The foregoing motion was duly seconded by Councilman Angvall and following discussion thereon, a vote was taken. Mayor Heimerl declared Ordinance No. 310 adopted by a unanimous vote this 10th day of December, 2013.
Councilman Foust introduced the following ordinance and moved for its adoption: ORDINANCE NO. 308 AN ORDINANCE AMENDING LESTER PRAIRIE MUNICIPAL CODE, SECTION 4.8, REGULATIONS FOR THE USE OF GOLF CARTS (OR SIMILAR VEHICLES) WITHIN THE CITY OF LESTER PRAIRIE The foregoing motion was duly seconded by Councilman Messer and following discussion thereon, a vote was taken. Mayor Heimerl declared Ordinance No. 308 adopted by a unanimous vote this 10th day of December, 2013.
General consensus of the City Council was for Clerk Pawelk to send a letter to the McLeod County Highway Department requesting they refrain from plowing on Second Avenue South.
Motion – Heimerl Second – Adams-Bruins; Carried – Unanimously; To allow residents along Second Avenue South to only clear ice and snow for a width of three feet along the grass side.
Motion – Heimerl; Second – Adams-Bruins; Carried – To increase employee wages as follows with the first full pay period in January: Department Heads 2.1%; Second Police Officer – 3%; Third Police Officer – 2%; Second Maintenance Worker – 6%; part-time police, cleaning staff and maintenance staff - $ 3%.
General consensus of the City Council was to table action regarding City Council compensation until the January meeting which is in the 2014 election year.
Motion – Heimerl; Second – Foust; Carried – Unanimously; That due to unknown circumstances of storm sewer and sewer locations in the street, the City will reimburse Adam Seefeldt $150.00 for sewer work he had done.
General consensus was to have Mr. Feltmann come back to the January meeting to further discuss the subject of a city mailing.
Motion – Heimerl; Second – Messer; Carried – Unanimously; To reduce the City’s budget and levy by $10,000.00 with cuts in the amount of $6,000.00 coming from wages, $ 3,750.00 in Economic Development for trees on railroad property and $250.00 from the general fund.
Motion – Heimerl; Second – Foust; Carried – Unanimously; To accept, approve, and adopt the 2014 Budget as presented with the cuts made at this meeting.
Councilmember Foust introduced the following resolution and moved for its adoption: RESOLUTION NO. 35-13 A RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING THE 2014 LEVY The foregoing motion was duly seconded by Councilman Messer and following discussion thereon, a vote was taken. Mayor Heimerl declared Resolution No. 35-13 adopted by a unanimous vote this 10th day of December, 2013.
Motion – Angvall; Second – Foust; Carried – Unanimously; To authorize the trade in of the 2001 skid loader and the purchase of a 2013 Bobcat from Farm-Rite Equipment at the net cost of $21,281.20.
Motion – Angvall; Second – Messer; Carried – Unanimously; To authorize Clerk Pawelk to pay 2013 claims received prior to December 31, 2013.
Councilmember Messer introduced the following resolution and moved for its adoption: RESOLUTION NO. 38-13 A RESOLUTION FILLING COUNCIL VACANCY The foregoing motion was duly seconded by Councilmember Angvall and following discussion thereon, a vote was taken. Mayor Heimerl declared Resolution No. 38-13 adopted by a majority vote this 10th day of December, 2013.
Mayor Heimerl introduced the following resolution and moved for its adoption: RESOLUTION 36-13 A Resolution to Participate in McLeod County’s All Hazard Mitigation Plan City of Lester Prairie The foregoing motion was duly seconded by Councilmember Foust and following discussion thereon, a vote was taken. Mayor Heimerl declared Resolution No. 36-13 adopted by a unanimous vote this 10th day of December, 2013.
Motion – Angvall; Second – Adams-Bruins; Carried – Unanimously; To authorize the Mayor and City Clerk to enter into an Amendment to the Operations and Maintenance Agreement with People Service effective January 1, 2014.
Motion – Messer; Second – Foust; Carried – Unanimously; To pay the claims as submitted.
Mayor Heimerl adjourned the meeting at 8:35 p.m.
Marilyn L. Pawelk, City Clerk-Treasurer
The above is a summary version of the December 10th, 2014, Lester Prairie City Council Minutes. Items not included in the above report are notices, communications, reports, complaints, recognitions, detailed ordinances and resolutions and discussions. The complete minutes may be viewed at the City Clerk’s Office during normal business hours.
Published in the Herald Journal Dec. 16, 2013.

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