The Lancaster City Council met for its
regular meeting on Wednesday, August 11, 2010, at 7:00 p.m. in the
City Hall. The
following members were present: Rice, Olson, Swenson and Stenquest.
Nordin was absent.
Olson moved to approve the minutes of the
July 14, 2010 Regular meeting, seconded by Sewnson 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 2010 Bills to
be paid. Swenson moved to approve the bills for payment, second by
Olson and carried. An
abstract of bills will be posted with the minutes and are available
upon request to the clerk.
Clerk reported that filing dates for the
council positions start August 3rd and ends August
The following positions are open: Mayor, 2 year position and
(2) 4year council positions.
Merlyn Winters has requested a raise in the
amounts he is paid for garbage removal from recycling bins and
garbage removal from city garbage cans. Stenquist moved to pay
Merlyn $40.00/month for bin cleaning and $7.25/hr for garbage can
cleanup, second by Olson and carried.
Johnson and Rice have had 2 meetings with
FEMA regarding the flood claim for the week of June
17-26th, 2010 and will complete the application process
Council reviewed the proposed 2011 budget due
to the ever changing possible Local Government Aide cuts
and Market Value credit reductions the council wishes to pass a
preliminary budget with the proposed levy set at a level that would
be considered as a last resort for city funding. The preliminary budget must
be set by September 15th and then a final decision must
be made prior to December 15th, 2010. The General levy can only be
decreased not increased after the September 15th
deadline. The council
hopes to have more concrete information in regards to Local Government Aide and Market
Value credits prior to the December council meeting. Olson moved the set the
preliminary 2011 General Property tax Levy at $71,000.00 and the
overall city budget at $193,650.00, second by Swenson and
Stenquist & Rice reported on the
community center project.
An engineering firm is working on some proposals for the
committee to review.
Johnson also reported that the community center savings
account balance is $5,280.71.
Council reviewed the July City and Liquor
Store financial information.
There has been a concern raised that persons
are staying late at the Liquor Store, Stenquist will discuss
the issue with the Liquor Store Manager.
Tom Sebenaler has made a request of the
council that they consider reimbursing employees for unused sick
leave upon retirement from the city. Council discussed the
situation and requested that Olson and Johnson address this issue
when they review the employee handbook.
Council discussed that at times the Liquor
Store cannot serve alcohol at the Centennial Hall as they donít have
enough employees to cover both the Liquor Store and Centennial Hall
party. Stenquist moved
that other On-sale Licensed Liquor Sellers be allowed to serve
alcohol at the Centennial Hall provided that they provide a Liquor
Liability Certificate with $1,000,000.00 coverage for the event,
second by Olson and carried.
Duane Woullet has spread his manure pile and
appears to be completing the task as requested at the last council
Council Adjourned as there was no further