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 The Lancaster City Council met for its Regular Meeting on Wednesday, December 14, 2022 at 7:00 P.M.  The following persons were present: Mayor, Mike Olson; Council members: Faye Potrament, Kathy Bernstrom, John Stenquist. Luke Nordin was absent. 

Also present:  Anna Jauhola, Kittson County Enterprise reporter and Krista Matthew.

Bernstrom moved to approve the November 14, 2022 Meeting Minutes and November 30, 2022 Special Meeting regarding Fire Contracts, second by Potrament 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 December 2022 bills presented and other bills that have been paid prior to this meeting to avoid late payments, receive discounts & meet payroll and all payroll expenses as approved in the 2022 Rates Fees & Appointments Schedule.  Stenquist moved to approve the bills, second by Potrament and carried.   An abstract of bills will be posted with the minutes and are available upon request.

Council discussed 2023 payroll options.  Potrament moved to approve a 3% COLA increase to all steps; give all eligible employees a 1 step effective for hours worked January 1, 2023 and after, second by Bernstrom and carried.

Council reviewed 2023 budget as was discussed at the last meeting.   Bernstrom moved to set the  2023 General Tax Levy at $115,000.00 and accept the Budget as presented, second by Stenquist and carried.   The total overall General Fund 2023 Budget is $260,305.00 for 2023.

Potrament to set the Township Fire Contracts increase to 3% per year over the previous year’s total township contract amount for the years 2023-2025.  The pro rata share would be based upon each township’s January 1 estimated market value in each year of the 3 years covered under the agreement, second by Bernstrom and carried.

Stenquist moved to Not Waive the Statutory Tort Limits as set by State Statute, second by Potrament and carried.

Bernstrom moved to request a $1,000.00 donation from the American Legion #214 Gambling Fund for Fire Department equipment and turnout gear, second by Potrament and carried.

Potrament moved to accept the 2022 audit quote of $6,200.00 from Gordon Dale, second by Bernstrom and carried.

Stenquist moved to write off a bad check in the Liquor Store account in the amount of $56.00 from 2019, second by Potrament and carried.  This check has been submitted to the sheriff’s office in 2019 with no payment received.

Bernstrom moved to accept a donation of $8000.00 from the Fire Relief Association General Fund for the purchase of Hurt Spreader and to purchase the Hurt Spreader, battery and charge at a cost not to exceed $8,500.00, second by Stenquist and carried.

Potrament moved to approve 2022 Council Per Diems and payment to the Fire Chief for $1,500.00, second by Bernstrom and carried.

Mayor set the Liquor Store inventory for January 2, 2023 at 9:00AM.

Council discussed the 2023 Rates & Fees Schedule

Council reviewed the city financials for November.

Council discussed signs on 4th Street, Community Center Ice Machine, Christmas lights on poles and Brad Rice water extension on Central Ave. north of the Cemetery.

Stenquist moved to accept the Fund Balance and Reserves for 2022 as presented, second by Bernstrom and carried.

Potrament moved to accept Kaiser Kukowski as a fireman effective January 1, 2023 pending the background check, second by Stenquist and carried.

Being no further business the Mayor closed the meeting.

Carol Johnson, Clerk/Treasurer                        Approved:  Mike Olson, Mayor

Approval Date: January 11/13/2013


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