The Lancaster City Council met for its
regular meeting on Wednesday, July 14, 2010, at 7:00 p.m. in the
City Hall. The
following members were present: Rice, Olson, Swenson and Stenquest.
Nordin was absent.
Swenson moved to approve the minutes of the
June 9, 2010 Regular meeting, seconded by Olson 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.
Roger & Deanne Westerberg, Dick &
Carla Olson, Judy Swenson and Duane Wuollet met with the council to
discuss Duane Wuollet’s lot that he has hauled manure on for seeding
grass. The neighbors
have expressed that they think he is attracting pests. Mr. Wuollet stated that he has been
unable to spread the
manure because of the excess rains. The council directed Mr.
Wuollet to spread or remove the manure in the next 2 to 3
The council reviewed the July 2010 Bills to
be paid. Olson moved to approve the bills for payment, second by
Stenquest and carried.
An abstract of bills will be posted with the minutes and are
available upon request to the clerk.
Clerk reported that the following positions
are up for election:
Mayor, 2 year position and (2) 4year council
The council discussed leasing or selling city
lots with purchase agreement special building requirement
options. The council
will table this discussion for additional information.
Rice will meet with the Karlstad Mayor to
discuss garbage collection options and report back to the
Clerk reported that the 7 foot sickle mower
high bid was $526.00, Mayor had reviewed bids. Olson moved to approve the
sale of the hay mower, second by Swenson and carried.
Council discussed correspondence from the
Kittson County Highway Department regarding the culvert under CSAH
27/Central Ave. of Lancaster.
The 24”culvert will be replaced with a 36” culvert. The Highway Department
recommends that the city remove an unused crossing and replace the
2-18” culverts with a larger culvert along Washington Street this
will allow the water to flow better along Washington Street. Stenquist move to have this
done as soon as possible as the flooding from heavy downpours
creates emergency situations, second by Olson and carried.
Council discussed the 2011 budget
considerations due to Local Government Aide cuts and directed the
clerk to prepare a budget with an increase of $14,000.00 to the
general levy to make up for the cuts to 2010 Local Government Aide and the
future cuts to the 2011 Local Government Aid. Council also directed the
clerk to prepare a new water and sewer rate schedule with an
increase of approximately 10% . This increase might become
to July 1, 2010.
Council appointed Mike Olson and Carol
Johnson, clerk to review the employee handbook and propose
Stenquist & Rice reported on the
community center project.
Johnson reported that the community center work group minutes
are being posted on the city web page. Johnson also reported that
the community center savings account balance is
The council reveiewed the following
resolutions for Community Center Funding Grants: Local Government Resolution
Dondelinger Foundation, Local Government Resolution Hartz
Foundation, Local Government Resolution Mardag Foundation and Local
Government Resolution Wikstromz Foundation.
Swenson moved to approve all of the grant applications and
allow the Mayor and Clerk to sign the resolutions, second by Olson
and carried. Copies of
the resolutions are on file with the original minutes.
Council reviewed the June City and Liquor
Store financial information.
Council Adjourned as there was no further