Lester Prairie City Council Minutes

Lester Prairie City Council Minutes/Workshop
July 17, 2018
Pursuant to public notice, the Lester Prairie City Council met in special session on Tuesday, July 17th, 2018. The purpose of said special session was to meet jointly with the Fire Department, Bergen Township and Winsted Township to review the proposed 2019 Fire department budget and then to meet in a workshop setting to work on the City’s 2019 budget.
Mayor Angvall called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m..
Fire Chief Hoof reviewed the proposed 2019 Fire Department Budget.
It was reaffirmed that building valuation will be the method used to share in the budgeAdam Birkholz reviewed the fire engine purchase. The total purchase price for the truck is $548,678.00 and $356,678 was financed. The payment due in May, 2019 is $102,797.00. The interest rate is 3.5% over 7 years. The annual payments for each entity will be $24,655.00 for the City, $21,848.00 for Bergen Township and $12,322.00 for Winsted Township.
No objections were voiced regarding the proposed 2019 Fire Department Budget. There being no other comments or concerns, Mayor Angvall recessed the meeting for the City Council at 7:25 p.m. and the City Council moved their meeting to city hall.
Mayor Angvall reconvened the meeting at 7:35 p.m.
Review of the overall proposed preliminary 2019 budget took place. As proposed, the budget has a 12.21% increase or $89,877.00. This includes the levy for the fire truck in the amount of $61,778.00 for debt. If the townships would pay their portion prior to December, the City’s levy for the current budget proposal could drop to 7.70%. The proposed budget reflects a step wage increase according to the pay scale and cost of living projections. This adds approximately $3,000.00 to the budget. Bringing the Assistant Clerk to a fulltime position adds approximately $12,000.00 to the budget.
A proposal was also made to increase utility fees. Sanitation would be increased 2.5% based on the contract agreement. The storm sewer fee should increase $ .50 per month for each rate and both water and sewer rates should increase $ .20 per 1,000 gallons of water used.
At this point, the total proposed levy is $849,462.00 which is an increase of $92,447.00. Of that amount, $47,778.00 if for the fire truck debt.
Being no further discussion, Mayor Angvall adjourned the meeting at 9:15 p.m.
Marilyn L. Pawelk
City Clerk-Treasurer
Published in the Herald Journal July 27, 2018.

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