LANCASTER CITY COUNCIL
The Lancaster City Council met for its
regular meeting on Wednesday, August 14, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. in the
City Hall Meeting Room.
Members present were Mayor, Michael Olson; council members
Luke Nordin, John Stenquist, Jim Hilman & Barron
Stenquist moved to approve the council
minutes of the July 12, 2013 regular meeting, seconded by Barron and
carried. A copy of the Minutes will be
posted at the Lancaster City Hall and U.S. Post Office and available
upon request to the clerk.
The council reviewed the August 2013 bills to
be paid. Barron moved
to approve the bills as presented for payment and the wire $371,530.05 to Regions Bank
to payoff the community center
construction loan from MN Rural Water, second by Nordin and
carried. An abstract of
bills will be posted with the minutes and are available upon request
to the clerk.
Barron reported that there has been some
cleanup at the Leslie Tuura/David Woullet property at 309 Central
Avenue South. Council
will review the issue of cleanup at a later date.
Council requested by letter that Terry
Kukowski, Fire Chief, appear at this meeting at 7:30 PM to discuss
various fire department issues. Kukowski did not appear, and
Mayor Olson will follow up with additional correspondence to
Kukowski requiring that he attend the next council
Barron moved to designate the Cerificate of
Deposit in the amount of $7,215.00 for the final truck payment as
required by USDA in the loan agreement, second by Nordin and
Council reviewed the
correspondence from Widseth, Smith & Nolting regarding remaining
items to be completed by Bordertown Construction. Council is satisfied with
work at this time and is okay with the list as presented. Hilman moved to allow final
payment of $34,419.00 to Bordertown Construction pending all final
paperwork to be submitted to various agencies as required, second by
Stenquist and carried.
Clerk reported that the liquor store furnace
had an electrical problem and it and the air conditioner are not
furnace is quite old and is in need of replacement. Council discussed the quote
from Progas in the amount of $10,500.00 for a new liquor store
furnace and air conditioner and installation in the old women’s
bathroom excluding electrical.
Barron moved to accept the quote, second by Hilman and
Council received a quote of $19,900.00 from
Jeff’s Refrigeration for a 5 door cooler and condenser including
installation excluding electrical in the Liquor Store. Stenquist moved to accept the quote from
Jeff’s Refrigeration, second by Barron and carried.
Barron moved to allow Nordin to hire and
electrician to complete the necessary electrical work for the
furnace and coolers as the air conditioner and cooler needs to be
functioning as soon as possible, second by Hilman and carried.
Council reviewed the proposed 2014 budget,
made some changes and directed the clerk to make the changes for the
council next regular meeting.
Clerk reported that MN Power has sent notice
to city regarding a possible high voltage power line that could
possibly go through city property to the Duluth area.
Clerk reported that USDA has changed the
revolving loan reporting requirements to quarterly from an annual
reporting. The clerk
gave the council a summary of the 7/1/13 report that was filed with
the USDA regarding loan repayments and loan balances.
Council reviewed the July 2013 City and
Liquor Store financial information.
Hilman reported that the metal changeable
sign that is on Casey Faken’s property is owned by the city. Hilman also reported that
the sign is in a state of disrepair and is not repairable. Hilman and Olson will
dispose of the sign at the landfill.
Andrew Gag, USDA, has requested that the city
review and approve the Loan Resolution Security Agreement for the
2nd Community Center loan of $35,000.00. Stenquist moved to approve
the Loan Resolution and allow the Mayor and Clerk to sign, second by
Barron and carried unanimously.
Clerk reported that the Lancaster School is
requesting 2 “Children at Play” signs by the playground on
The Kittson County Highway Department will charge $200.00 for
the signs and installation.
Hilman moved purchase and have the County install the signs,
second by Nordin and carried.
Council Adjourned as there was no further
Carol Johnson, Clerk/Treasurer
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